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 »

Water Retention and Fibromyalgia

Water retention and fibromyalgia

I’m not sure if it’s common or not but I suffer more from water retention since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia than what I remember prior to that. I was diagnosed in 1995 so my memory might be a little off but I don’t think so. Now I’m sure that my diet has something to do […] Read more »

Invisible Illness Awareness Week

Invisible Illness

Invisible Illness Awareness Week is September 10 – 16, 2012.  It’s time to commiserate with those who have invisible illnesses like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue symptom, lyme disease, and Dysautonomias such as POTS.  If you have one of these pesky illnesses maybe it’s time to share your story to help educate others. Those of us who have […] Read more »

Remedies for Charlie Horses

Charlie horses are muscle spasms in the legs – and they can really hurt! Remedies for Charlie Horses are available but sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. Charlie Horses can occur when certain minerals in your body are low.  Calcium and potassium are two that need to be at optimum levels to keep muscle […] Read more »

Pain Control and Lack of Sleep

Pain control and lack of sleep

Pain control and lack of sleep are part of having fibromyalgia.  Pain control and lack of sleep are two of the most frustrating things to deal with when you have fibromyalgia.  Pain control and lack of sleep are undoubtedly the two most talked about symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are, of course, several other symptoms that […] Read more »

Serotonin Levels and Fibromyalgia

Serotonin Levels and Fibromyalgia

Serotonin levels and fibromyalgia are integrated when it comes to how we deal with our fibromyalgia symptoms. I’ve talked about serotonin before.  It’s a neurotransmitter (chemical that sends a specific message from one brain cell to another) that is believed to play an important role in controlling our moods. Only 1% to 2% of all […] Read more »

Is Fibromyalgia Real

Is fibromyalgia real

Is fibromyalgia real? To use an old phrase from the 70’s, “You bet your bippy”, it’s real. Every day when I check my website for what searches have been done I come across some that I want to respond to.  Today I’m responding to the person that searched for, “My husband doesn’t believe in fibromyalgia”. […] Read more »

Fibromyalgia and Working

fibromyalgia and working

Fibromyalgia and working outside the home might seem like a daunting task but it can be done.  No matter where you work there are certain things that you can do or your employer can do to help you stay employed. Many of us who have fibromyalgia tend to keep our symptoms to ourselves because we […] Read more »

Dealing With an Invisible Illness

Dealing with an invisible illness

Dealing with an invisible illness.  I’ve just read an extremely good article on this on WebMed.  Along with comments posted by other people I posted this one too. “I’ve been extremely lucky in the 18 years since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My family has ridden the health roller coaster so much with me that they […] Read more »