Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Use humor to copeThere is humor in fibrofog, so learn to enjoy it. Example: "Fibrofog is great. You can buy one book and read it repeatedly and still keep being surprised." Being able to laugh at yourself will help others to deal with your lapses as well. Brushing your teeth with a tube of polysporin will seem funny in a few days. Honest.
Friday, November 17, 2006
Monday, November 6, 2006
In public parking lots, try always to park in the same row, or in approximately the same place, if at all possible. If not, jot down a reminder of where you are before heading toward your destination. Sometimes sticking something bright on your antenna can help you to relocate the car if you simply can´t remember where you left it.
If you carry a notepad, or an electronic PDA, make a note of where you are parked before you leave the car.
Fibromyalgia Tip of the Day -- Where you parked
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Fibromyalgia: 3 Things Patients Can Do for Themselves
It is not unusual for a patient with fibromyalgia to ask the doctor: "What can I do to help relieve my symptoms? After all, I am not very interested in medications."
Some patients with fibromyalgia make this or similar statements to their doctors because they are often younger and many do not have underlying (additional ongoing) medical conditions (although some do). Therefore, they are not accustomed to taking medications regularly.
Are there really ways that patients can help themselves? Yes. Here are the big three...
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Women of today live in an entirely different world than the women lived in 100 years ago and beyond. Today's women live in a world that is a chemical soup. There are chemicals in the air we breathe, the water and beverages we drink, the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our work places, the household furnishings, cleansers, and even the our doctors prescribe for us. An enormous number of these chemicals have been created from coal or oil and consist of what is chemically known as a benzene ring with a chlorine side chain. These compounds are known as organochlorines and are very dangerous, especially to the female hormone cycle. Many times one chemical in the environment, such as an herbicide will supply the benzine ring and another, such as a pesticide will supply the chlorine, and with a little help from water and sunshine they combine to create this dangerous compound. They are everywhere!
For decades it has been known that these compounds have powerful estrogenic activity. This means they have an effect upon the body similar to the hormone estrogen. Because they are not true estrogen, each of these compounds only produces a limited number of the different effects which estrogen does.
Unfortunately, these are often some of the most dangerous effects which estrogen produces. In addition, in producing these effects they are often much more powerful than a woman's own estrogen. Thus they severely upset the body chemistry. A disturbance made worse when there is an inadequate amount of natural progesterone available to oppose it.
Studies of birds, animals and fish in the wild show just how powerful and widespread the danger is. Everywhere the scientists look they find wild creatures developing cancer and becoming deformed because of these estrogenic compounds. As Dr. Lee points out in his book, these estrogenic compounds are so powerful that as tiny an amount as a single grain of sand in an Olympic size swimming pool is sufficient to exert a harmful estrogenic effect upon fish.
These compounds are known as xenobiotic and xenoestrogenic, meaning "strange or unusual biological agent" and "strange or unusual estrogenic agent". Today there are literally thousands of these strange and unusual estrogenicly active compounds in our world. As compounds enter a woman's body they activate estrogen receptors on the various cells in the organs and tissues of the body. These receptors are intended to be acted upon only by the estrogen generated by the woman's own body. These xenoestrogens are also stored in the fat tissue. Because estrogen stimulates the creation of fat, these xenoestrogens cause women to create even more fat. Which in turn allows them to store even more of these dangerous compounds. It is a vicious circle.
Next you take a woman's own estrogen production, which is often unopposed by the protective effects of progesterone, and add that estrogen to that of the xenoestrogens in her diet, environment and that which is stored in her fat tissue, and the effect can be disastrous! The various estrogen sensitive tissues of the body become excessively stimulated. This leads to enormous disturbances of not only their function, but also to a disturbance of their very structure. Altered tissue structure is manifest as fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, tumors, cancer and an enormous number of other health problems women now experience.
Given these circumstances, you can see the disaster which may occur when the modern woman is also given a prescription for an estrogen drug. Her body may be thrown completely out of hormone balance. Her chance of experiencing a major increase in health problems associated with her female chemistry is greatly increased. This is the recipe for today's epidemic of female health problems, it is the biggest reason behind the tremendous increase in cancer of the breast, uterus and ovaries.
IT'S GOING TO GET WORSE
The worst part of this problem is that it is going to get worse before it gets better. Women will continue to face ever increasing pressure as more is expected of them, before it is realized that women need relief, just as it is now recognized the over stressed male executive needs relief if he is not going to die from a premature heart attack.
The number and use of the xenoestrogenic compounds is going to get worse, long before it gets better. Also the use of estrogen and the synthetic progestin drugs are going to increase before the medical
profession wakes up to the disaster they are creating. All of this will take years, and if history is any example, it will take decades.
Meanwhile the epidemic of female health problems will continue to get worse. Our mothers, aunts, sisters, wives, neighbor ladies, and women coworkers will continue to suffer and die needlessly. Let's consider natural progesterone supplementation and let's tell other women we know and care about too.
Monday, October 2, 2006
I've not taken any SAMe or other supplements that I have taken before that are condition specific.
Keep your eyes on this journal to follow my progress.
Thank you for visiting.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
This past week I started a new regimen of supplements given to me for trial by a new Christian friend I met on www.ryze.com.
I've noticed a change in my skin so far. Minor, but still noticable.
I will know more toward the end of this trial use how it's working.
But, for today I'm in miserable pain. My head, neck and shoulders are giving me fits today. It makes me sleepy and makes my eyes blurry.
Hopefully it will calm down during the day.
I came across this interesting article in Ohio.com:
Doctor is pain-savvy
By Katherine Spitz
Beacon Journal medical writer
Dr. Mark Pellegrino of North Canton has to make excellent eye contact with his patients; ... (read more)
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Sunday, September 3, 2006
The millions of Americans who suffer from fibromyalgia live with a two-edged sword: excruciating pain, accompanied by the doubts of many who dismiss it as a made-up illness invented by a troubled mind.
But researchers at the University of Florida and elsewhere are beginning to piece together clues that reveal the physical basis of the puzzling syndrome that causes severe fatigue and aches, and has defied easy diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia Pain Isn't All In Patients' Heads, New Brain Study Finds
ANN ARBOR, MI A new brain-scan study confirms scientifically what fibromyalgia patients have been telling a skeptical medical community for years: They're really in pain.
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
God has much for me to do. HE knows what my limits are.
There's supplements one can take to help you cope and function.
I've discovered there are many who have given up on the traditional holistic approach and depend on chemical drugs.
I hope and pray God will show you the way!
Tuesday, August 8, 2006
Along the way I'm going to also be adding little spurts of my daily life.
As is one of those moments.
I get overwhelmed and consumed by depression. The depression adds the my physical pain as well as mental pain.
Last weekend was one of those times for me. I was overtaken by horrible mental and physical pain that caused morbid thoughts.
When I am in those times I feel that it would be better to not be in this world and not have to suffer such horrible things.
Each time God steps up and places people and things in my life that shatter all that mental pain of depression.
I want to praise GOD for all HE does in my life just at the times when I need HIM most.
I also would like to thank God for using the people and things He uses in my life to real me back to thoughts of Him, not me.
I hope this is an inspiration to you and your life and the people around you.
One of the things I'd like to offer is this:
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
When it's very cold it really bugs the heck out of me. It gets me down if I don't stay warm.
Now, the opposite, since it's Summer, is that the heat can also play a big roll in the way I feel. The heat makes me sick. I have bad headaches, my body hurts terribly and I get sick at my stomach.
I'm talking extreme temperature now. I don't mean just a little chill or a little sweat.
It has to be in the upper 80s for me to get sick. And it has to be freezing cold temperatures for me to freeze up/lock up. When I get cold my body locks up.
So, during this heat try your best to stay at a moderate temperate to keep from getting sick or overheated.
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I hope you find it helpful!
Some studies have showed that fibro patients are deficient in Serotonin and Norepinephrine, and Substance P. These neurotransmission regulators affect the functioning of our heart, lungs and other vital organs and exacerbate the symptoms of fibro. Many of us seem to have been born with a predisposition to develop fibro, which lies latent until some trauma or stressful situation triggers the symptoms and they emerge full-blown.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Heat overwhelms my body and it doesn't know what to do.
Therefore I have headaches. It makes me sleepy and hurt all over.
I've been good and staying in the air conditioning as much as possible.
Despite my efforts the heat still affects me.
I've also been noticing my blood sugar changing. I get low blood sugar levels in this heat. I have to continue to drink a lot of water and eat snacks all day to keep my sugar in balance.
About two months ago I started using Natural Progesterone Cream. <-- Click and read about it. In some of my reading and research I'm finding that hormone imbalance plays a huge roll in how the body functions. There's a common thread with FM and Hormone imbalance. I'm thinking part of what's going on with me now is that the natural progesterone cream is working on my body and getting things lined out. I've noticed a change in my body. Not necessarily the weight, but that the fat is changing. If you read the link above you'll know what I'm talking about.
Please feel free to comment. If you wish to contact me go to my website:
A Day in the Life of Fibromyaglia - My Fibro Journey. You'll find my email address there in the Contact me.