Low Red Blood Cells

helpful hints for fibromyalgia pain

  What causes low red blood cells? From what I’ve been told several things can cause this condition. My husband has recently been diagnosed with this. Here are some conditions that pertain to low red blood cells. Myelosuppression – a decrease in the production of blood cells. Pancytopenia – a lowering of all three types […] Read more »

Crohn’s Disease Management

Crohn’s disease management is a topic that is near and dear to the individuals that have this particular disease. When I was diagnosed in 1978 management options weren’t that many. We relied on sulfa drugs, steroids, and whatever diet management worked at the time. As a result I lost over 40 pounds in three months. […] Read more »

Preventing Dry Eyes

Life in the 1500's

Preventing dry eyes is a full time job for some of us.  There are many things that can cause dry eyes so it might take some trial and error to figure out the cause. Just because you have dry eyes doesn’t mean you have something serious going on but it’s important that you have your […] Read more »

Traveling With an Ostomy

Traveling with an Ostomy

Traveling with an ostomy isn’t much different than traveling without one.  You just need to make sure you go prepared. First, and maybe most important, make sure you have twice the amount of appliances you usually use packed.  No matter how you travel keep at least one emergency appliance with you at all times.  Keep […] Read more »

Thin and Brittle Nails

Thin and brittle nails

Thin and brittle nails have been becoming a problem for me the past two to three months.  They rip and break very easily and I can’t figure out why.  Let’s see if we can come up with a reason for this to be happening. I work in a restaurant and am constantly washing and drying […] Read more »

Helpful Hints for Fibromyalgia Pain

helpful hints for fibromyalgia pain

Helpful hints for fibromyalgia pain come from all sources.  It seems that the more I read, the more I learn about different approaches to dealing with fibro pain on your own. I know I’ll be preaching to the choir with some of this but for those new to our elite club of Fibromytes there might […] Read more »

Fibromyalgia and Weight Control

Fibromyalgia and Weight Control

Fibromyalgia and weight control can often be a difficult combination.  The fact that those of us with fibromyalgia don’t sleep well and have a difficult time exercising can make weight control seem impossible. There are several reasons that fibromyalgia and weight control combat each other according to Jacob Teitelbaum M.D. He describes both fibromyalgia and CFS […] Read more »

Fibromyalgia and Weight Gain

Fibromyalgia and weight gain.  I wouldn’t have thought the two were as connected as they are until recently.  Since June I’ve put on 13 pounds and can’t figure out why. I’ve conjectured that it might be my craving for bad carbs and sugars.  It seems I might be right. Apparently there’s a hormone called leptin […] Read more »

Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome

fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome

Studies have shown that people have fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome together.  In fact one study shows that about 64% of fibromyalgia patients have restless leg syndrome too. I’m concentrating on this today because my restless leg syndrome (RLS) acted up all night last night and I’m totally exhausted today. Those twitchy, jumpy, burning sensations […] Read more »

Essential Oils and Fibromyalgia Relief

essential oils and fibromyalgia relief

I’m a firm believer in the use of essential oils.  For me essential oils and fibromyalgia relief are a natural combination. I use a wonderful combination of ginger, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, marjoram, cajeput (Tea Tree), lavender, and peppermint oils.   The actual name of this concoction is ‘Agility’ and it was (notice the was) made […] Read more »