How fibromyalgia affects other illnesses and injuries

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Fibromyalgia & Oseoarthritis

One thing I have noticed over the years since being diagnosed in my early 20’s with fibromyalgia is that it tends to intensify everything else that is going on. Whether it is a psych issue such as anxiety or depression, a physical issue such as osteoarthritis or a disease such as type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia seems to make dealing with them so much harder. I have learned a lot over the years about my chronic illnesses but there are times when they still take me by surprise and times when I wish things could go back to the days before any of this started affecting me. If there ever really was such days. Honestly, I can’t really remember a time that I didn’t get sick easily or injured easily. Even as a child I had strep throat and ear infections constantly. I caught everything going around from rubella as a baby to chickenpox to scarlet fever mumps, measles, and hand, foot, and mouth among others. I’m surprised I didn’t have the plague to be absolutely honest.

I am very prone to injury. I am not sure if this is just because I am clumsy or if it is more related to the fact that people with fibromyalgia seem to be more prone to falls. One study mentioned on WebMD suggests that this is because people with fibromyalgia tend to have balance issues. We apparently score worse on balance tests than people who don’t have fibromyalgia. It also mentions that the number of medications had no relationship with the scores but as we take more medications typically it can’t be ruled out. Not sure how they came up with that one… READ MORE

Happy Birthday Maxy!

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While I am a bit belated on this my sweet little Maxy cat has turned 8! I can not really believe it but this handsome, sweet, cuddly little boy has been with me now for 8 years Back in November of 2011 my mom showed up one day at an apartment I had in the basement of a house in Hubbards, Nova Scotia with a box on the front seat of her van. I remember going out to the van and she said “Shh… come look” and low and behold this little cutie was asleep in the box

I remember thinking two things. One, wow his ears are bigger than his little furry face and two, “oh what a cute little kitty!”, at this point I don’t think yet it had even clued in that he was mine. I was wondering what he was doing in the box and why my mom, who was never a huge fan of cats had him. I hadn’t yet put 2 + 2 together and came out with 4. I asked her who’s he was and she said “yours” and I was like, “yeah, right”. See the thing is… I was not a fan of cats either. However that being said, I had mentioned to my boyfriend at the time that I was lonely there all alone and a cat would be company but I didn’t really want one and didn’t think my landlords would let me have one. READ MORE

So This is Christmas

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Driving home from an Oral and Maxillofacial appointment in Halifax today with Mom and listening to Christmas music (I wasn’t much in the mood at first but she felt like listening) I decided that this year I was going to try and do things a little differently for Christmas. I say this now I know, but I really am going to try. I promise I am going to try my best. What do I mean by that?

I am determined this year to get a bit more in the Christmas spirit. I am going to take a bit of money this week that we have extra and get a few things to decorate with. I am not one to go overboard anyways. However, I really want to put up some nice decorations and maybe even a real tree or at the very least a proper artificial one. We even have one from a few years ago out in the garage. READ MORE