My yo-yoing problem

It seems like everyone has a yo-yoing problem of some kind or another. For some, it’s starting and stopping various diets to lose weight. For others, it’s returning to that unhealthy relationship in their lives time and time again. Or for some, it’s struggling to kick that bad habit. Continue reading

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I (tried) to get by with a little help from my meds

For all my Beatles fans out there, you’re welcome and I’m sorry — I couldn’t help myself.

As I’ve mentioned previously, cold weather tends to exacerbate my symptoms, especially my hands which is a problem when you type for a living. Continue reading

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A quick recap of the last couple of months

The last couple of months have been a whirlwind for me.

Tired of being in pain and tired for that matter, I started a new treatment program. And shortly thereafter, I began preparing for a weeklong family vacation, which meant essentially putting two 40 to 48-page newspapers together in one week’s time.

While I thought the new treatment would help me during a time of added work and stress, it seemed to do the opposite by causing other health issues and more stress. So, I began weaning myself off this new treatment.

Fortunately, I had a very relaxing week off with no work. And since my return two weeks ago, I’m getting back into the swing of things and back on track with work.

In the coming weeks, I will talk address the treatment plan I tried, as well as my new plans for battling back against pain and fatigue.

Stay tuned, and thank you for reading.

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My pain feels like…

Describing what your pain feels like to someone who does not suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic pain can be difficult.
On the one hand you don’t want to over exaggerate your pain and come off sounding like you are constantly in excruciating pain (unless of course you are). On the other hand you don’t want to downplay your pain.
With this in mind, I decided to start a new section on my blog dedicated to attempting to describe the pain I feel to those who cannot relate based on personal experiences. I’m not looking for sympathy or pity. Rather I want to use this as an educational outlet.
For my first post, I’m going to focus on my hands, which tend to cause me the most pain.

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Sharing my story

At the end of last year, I wrote  about how I entered a national essay contest with an essay detailing my 10-year journey with chronic pain.
I have yet to hear from the organizers of the contest, so I think it’s safe to say that my entry was not chosen, and I look forward to reading the winning essay when it is published. As I mentioned in my first post about the contest, writing about my experience was extremely rewarding and also challenging. Trying to condense 10 years of pain, various symptoms and episodes to fit a specific word count was not an easy task.

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Give Gaga a break

Earlier this week Lady Gaga cancelled performances of The Born This Way Ball in several cities, including Chicago.  A few of my friends had tickets to the show and were devastated when the concert was cancelled.

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Creating healthy habits in 2013

Nearly every year I come up with a list of New Year’s resolutions that I vow to begin Jan. 1, and continue doing throughout the year, like millions of people do.

And each year, my enthusiasm motivates me to achieve those goals. So, Jan. 1, I’m ready to go and take on the New Year.

Slowly, my motivation begins to fade or life gets too busy to accomplish those goals, and I take the easy way out, making excuses for why I can’t exercise or put down that piece of chocolate. Continue reading

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