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FibrofighterNicole Weekend Update

The Agony of Fibromyalgia

Entertainment 

  • Movie – Julie & Julia
  • TV Shows – Cutthroat Kitchen, Family Guy, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Quantico.
  • Music: Disclosure, Sia, Enya, Jess Glynne, Gorgon City, Letherette, AlunaGeorge, Skrillex, Diplo, Jack U, The Jets, Robert Palmer.

The Agony of Fibromyalgia  

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The chronic illness battle has been on fire for me this weekend. A big thing to note is that I’m without my (herbal) medicine and that makes all of my illnesses worse including my depression. Add on my usual depression during the holidays. I can’t afford it anymore. The costs are higher and beyond my budget which means I’m going to really suffer during the holidays season and next month. I hate no having money to get things I need. I wish I could take care of it myself. I’ve even asked for help and got my response back or ignored.  I’ve been crying every single day as the fibromyalgia pain is too high up. I’ve thought of setting up a GoFundMe to possibly get funding to pay for my herbal medicine. The only thing has stopped me is that I don’t know enough people who would be willing to help me in that way. I also need help in getting more crafting supplies for my art therapy art supplies. I see so many others who gain funding so easily.  I feel really stuck with those type of things.  I’m happy that I created an Etsy shop to showcase my crafting mixed media artwork.  

 Most times I feel like I’m losing my fecking mind and that no one can help me get better. I’m on the east coast for the holiday season. I wasn’t planning on being out here during the holidays season but I couldn’t afford traveling back to see my parents. I’ve been experiencing high levels of depression and a spike in fibromyalgia pain. Everything in my body has flared up, and inflammation is heavy. One of the issues is joint pain that affects my ability to do anything. I can’t type well, can’t grasp things well, nor move properly. The weather here has been all over here from 30 degrees to 70 degrees. Add on chilly winds and such dramatic changes in the barometer and humidity. My body is unable to get used to any of the weather changes and it is never given a chance to get used to the weather or its surroundings. Im sure it will dip down in colder weather season again and I’ll be crying all over again which may happen tonight. I’ve exhausted all that would make me happy and I don’t have anything else. I’m still limited with my crafts as I don’t have all that I need to make even better completed crafting projects. 
 

There are things I’d love to get that would reduce my fibromyalgia pain and my depression disorders but it’s very expensive and there are legalities attached to it. While it has been decriminalized it’s not enough to guarantee safety. These are the times I wish I was living back in California again as I would have access to that wonderful green plant they have there in various strains. And it’s strong. That’s the only medicine that helps to relieve my pain completely. The strengths here are uneven compared to the legal states. There is no way to know what strain is being used nor what strength. I’ve learned I need to use a higher level strain to reduce my fibromyalgia pain and elevate my mood. My pain is too high. Entirely too high. I’ve learned what I need isn’t available.  

   

 

While I’m here with family, I see it is still difficult for them to understand what’s going on with me and I don’t understand them well. It’s hard to explain what’s going on with me too in laymen terms. I wish I had more interesting things to discuss but right now I do not. My health is numero uno.  All I know is that I’m feeling the full wrath of my chronic illnesses.
I don’t feel a connection with them like I should and I believe it’s vice versa for them. It feels like my needs are seen as lazy and immature. I’ll always be kid in my mind and heart. I’m awkward in how I speak and my words come out of me out of order. I end up offending them without realizing it and these days I’m afraid to speak. They want me to act a certain way, and that’s not me. It’s not a part of my personality. I like how silly, and humorous I am. A good sense of humor.  I hope one day I’ll be able to care for myself but I know I would need to have a caregiver to help me.  The list of things I can’t do is very overwhelming.  I try to not think about it too much as much as I can but I’m not always successful.  

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Daily FibroFighter Series – A New Beginning

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I have been given the opportunity to learn more about what could possibly help me to feel better.  I have been chronically ill for over 17 years with various illnesses and the lovely symptoms that go with those illnesses.  I spend a bit more time thinking about all of the things that happened last year. I found it to be amazing, shocking and scary all at the same time.   There were great things that generated a boost in confidence that I can and will be able to help myself out more. I was able to do many things last year that I haven’t been able to do in the past 10 years since I’ve been sick.

I have been focusing on finding the best ways to ease my fibromyalgia pain, and other ailments.  I felt that it was time to figure it out as I now have a chance and resources to do it.  It has been a long time coming and very much needed.

My current goals consist of maintaining my weight which has spurred on more than I thought.  I have lost some weight in the past several months through changing the way I eat and doing different types of exercise.  I enjoy doing Yoga stretches, walking, and dancing.  I also follow workout videos that I’ve found online.

My current health goals consist of continuing to:

  • Maintain my weight loss through expanding my food palette.
  • Try out different workout options that can be done anywhere.
  • Research and try out alternative complementary therapies that I believe may work in reducing the symptoms of all of my illnesses.

These goals aren’t just for the year but these are goals that will be with me for life.  My plan is to chronicle my progress on my blog as I think this is the best way for others to learn what I’m doing to improve my health and overall livelihood.  I have received so many questions over the years and finally I feel ready to share on a more public platform which will include the general media and social media networking sites.

 

 

 

 

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

Seasonal Affective Disorder with the acronym S.A.D. affects sufferers primarily during the winter and spring seasons.  The winter season brings less sunlight, early darkness in the evening, colder temperatures, terrible weather, and change of the seasons.

It has been found that many with SAD found that one of the main symptoms is that it triggers depression.  It was discovered in the United States by Dr. Norman Rosenthal in 1984.  This condition is unfortunately commonly undiagnosed and this makes it difficult for people to get diagnosed and receive proper treatment.  It takes approximately two to three years for patients with SAD symptoms to be diagnosed by their physician.  Research by a UK organization called Mind, provides support to those with mental health issues, has found that approximately 10% of the general population in Europe has seasonal affective disorder.  The Cleveland Clinic has found that within the United States there about 500,000 people who suffer from SAD, and approximately 10%-20% of the US population battle with milder forms of seasonal affective disorder.

Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Sleep problems
  • Lack of libido
  • Lowered immune system
  • Relationship problems and lack of social interaction
  • Weight gain and overeating
  • Worrisome and guilt feelings
  • Unable to concentrate

There are no known causes of SAD but research has found that the change of seasons and the change in less light is a main trigger of the disorder. When there isn’t enough light, certain functions slow down and stop gradually in the body.  Add on lower serotonin levels which is known to appear in people who suffer with depression.

Treatments for SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

There are several treatments that have had positive results for most sufferers such as antidepressant prescribed medications and bright light therapy (phototherapy).  The Social Affective Disorder Association (SADA) has found that bright light therapy is the most effective therapy option.  Over 85% diagnosed SAD sufferers have found that the bright light therapy worked for them.  Bright light therapy involves exposure to the light provided from the light therapy box for about 2 hours per day.  The light mimics outside sunlight and has an intense positive effect on SAD sufferers.  Researchers believe the artificial light works by helping the chemicals in the brain linked to the patient’s mood eases the SAD symptoms.

Additional options of SAD therapy include:

  • Counseling
  • Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
  • Psychotherapy

The Social Affective Disorder Association (SADA) recommends that sufferers should avoid stress as much as possible, get as much exposure to daily light as they can, eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly.

The Daily Fight Series

Gratitude

Gratitude

Today is one of those days where I have to fight even harder to get up and moving around. Each day is different and I never know how I’ll feel. Today my back hurts more than anything and the muscle spasms hurt on top of that. My arms, legs, feet, head, and yes even my eyelashes hurt! There is no way to escape the various issues that fibromyalgia and the other illnesses I deal with too.

Even though I don’t feel well I got up out of my bed anyway. I still wonder if I should get a cane but 14+ years later I have refused to get one. I hold onto the furniture, and walls to get around my home. Sometimes I fall down and that hurts but you know what? I get right back up again.

I thought about my goals and what I would like to do today.

Goals for today included:

  1. Paid work
  2. Create my third post for the week
  3. Make a final decision on my topics for next week
  4. Comment on blogs of fellow bloggers
  5. Spend time reading blogs and the news
  6. Encourage others

So that looks like a lot but I’ve managed to complete over half of my goals.

I take my time while completing my goals. Now keep in mind I don’t always succeed but I keep going anyway and that is the most important part. I know that people may not be able to understand what I’m going through but all I can hope is they will reach deep inside to find compassion in their hearts.

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon

Super Powerful Superfoods by Nicole Leon

 

The Power of Superfoods

The Power of Superfoods

 

Superfoods are best known as foods that provides the ultimate amount of nutrition for the body.  Superfoods have the power to improve a person’s overall health such as lowering heart disease, and hypertension, reducing cholesterol, blood sugar, improving a person’s mood and reduce an overall risk of cancer.

Additional Health Benefits of Superfoods

  • Prevents and reduces inflammation
  • Regulates the body’s metabolism and burns fat in the body
  • Promotes digestive health
  • Cancer protection
  • Help protect the organs from toxins

 

 

All of these intensive superfoods are available right at the local grocery store. Incorporating a healthy diet is the best way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle can eliminate over 50% of suffering through some ailments. Each superfood is a real food and it is unprocessed.

Superfood - Walnuts

Superfood – Walnuts

Top Superfoods for the Best Super Health

  • Blueberries
  • Beans
  • Oats
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Spinach
  • Oats
  • Soy
  • Tomatoes
  • Walnuts
  • Yogurt
  • Tea (black or green)

 

wholegrainsFiber – Weight Loss Superfood

Eating a healthy diet rich in fiber will assist in maintaining the body’s cholesterol and blood sugar levels.  Consuming fiber will help you to feel full longer which is a great tool for weight loss.  Several great rich in high fiber foods includes vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains.  It’s best to eat these foods fresh, dried or frozen. Canned options tend to have higher levels of sodium in them.

 

 

 

BlueberriesBlueberries – Anti-inflammatory Superfruit

Blueberries are an amazing option as they are packed with high amounts of vitamin C and potassium.  They contain antioxidants, phytoflavinoids and anti-inflammatory properties which help with lowering the heart disease and cancer risks.  Inflammation is a common ingredient for all chronic illnesses and diseases.  Blueberries are able to help ease the inflammation.  Consuming a serving of half of cup on a daily basis will help your body in various ways.

 

 

 

 

Green-TeaTea – Lowers Cholesterol Levels and Risk of Cancer Superfood

Tea is a heavily underrated superfood that needs to be consumed on a daily basis. Tea doesn’t have any calories and will help the body to burn off calories. The antioxidant levels (called catechins)  are powerful for both green and black teas.  Drinking tea is a good replacement for sugary sodas and drinks.  Consume at least 2 cups of tea per day.

 

 

 

There are a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and proteins to choose and eat.  Be sure to drink plenty of water each day which will help keep the body hydrated and healthy too.

 

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