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Strategies and alternatives for coping with fibromyalgia, bipolar disorder and other chronic illnesses

Archive for May, 2010

I Have a New Website!

Posted by wendyburnett on May 26, 2010

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I’ve been thinking about this for a while, and I finally decided to take the plunge and create a website that I can have more control over. I don’t know exactly what I’m going to do with it (as far as adding things like forums, memberships and what have you,) but I DO know what the goal is . . . I want to share what I’ve learned about living with chronic illnesses and how to live the best possible life you can despite the limitations of your disease.

It’s going to take me a while to get everything organized, but I’ve got all of my posts and pages copied over, and for the time being, until everyone who reads my stuff has had a chance to get their bookmarks and links, etc. changed, I’ll be posting everything to both sites (if you have links to one of my posts somewhere, don’t worry about it, I won’t be deleting this blog any time soon so you won’t need to change them unless you just want to.)

The new blog is called Transform Your Chronic Life : For those who are sick & tired of being sick & tired . So far, it’s mostly this blog plus a little extra content (a few link pages so far,) but I’m working on some articles about things like stress reduction and non-prescription pain control

Topics for the new site will include fibromyalgia, cfs/me, bipolar disorder, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, coping skills, alternative and complementary medicine, managing your treatment, researching medication interactions and side effects, and just about anything else visitors ask about.

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How are You? How Do You Answer the Hardest Question Ever When You Live with Chronic Illness?

Posted by wendyburnett on May 20, 2010



I think we all hate that question when it’s asked by “normals.” Unless it’s someone you know well, you never know whether to tell the truth (I feel like shit, thanks for asking.) or lie (Fine, how are you?)
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What does a “good” day look like to you?

Posted by wendyburnett on May 17, 2010

My definition

My personal idea of a good day is one where I don’t have to go to work, and I can spend some time just doing things that make me feel better. It does NOT mean that I’m not in pain (I haven’t had a day when the pain levels were below a 4 or 5 on the pain scale in at least 5 years.) It also doesn’t mean I’m not exhausted, or that I can actually remember all the things I need to take care of without lists, notes and reminders from the people around me.

What it does mean is that the pain levels are at a 6 or below, and that I can lay down with the hot pads when I need to, or take a nap. Read the rest of this entry »

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Learning to Live with Pain – Being Proactive (Part 2)

Posted by wendyburnett on May 7, 2010


In my Sunday post, I promised you complementary/alternative methods you can try for pain and stress control/reduction, so here we go. These methods apply in all of the 4Ps, although they apply in different ways in different stages. Read the rest of this entry »

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EFT and Tapping for Fibromyalgia – Do They Work?

Posted by wendyburnett on May 6, 2010


Does it work? Yes, and no . . . Like anything else, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) has its benefits, but it is definitely not going to make your fibro go away completely. It does, however, help my symptoms and make my fibro easier to live with, so I’ve added it to the resources I use to help me cope. (Is this purely a placebo effect? I don’t really care. If I feel better, or have less pain, it’s worked for me, and I’m happy with that no matter what the mechanism is.)

I downloaded the free EFT manual from http://www.emofree.com and read the information provided, memorizing the steps needed to perform a treatment. The first symptom I tried it on was a migraine, and it worked pretty well. The first treatment eased the pain, Read the rest of this entry »

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The May 4 ChronicBabe Blog Carnival Is Live

Posted by wendyburnett on May 5, 2010

Jenni has the Learning to Live With Pain Blog Carnival up . It’s a day late, but definitely NOT a dollar short, offering the perspectives of twenty-two amazing babes (and me) on how to live with chronic pain as a permanent unwelcome guest in your life. Check them out, maybe you’ll learn something that will help you or a loved one cope.

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Learning to Live with Pain – Being Proactive

Posted by wendyburnett on May 2, 2010

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.
Kahlil Gibran

Have you ever watched the Discovery Channel show “Mythbusters”? They do some really interesting stuff on there, and this past Wednesday (April 28th,) they tackled a pair of “myths” about pain:

  • Women have a higher pain tolerance than men. and
  • Cursing increases pain tolerance

It was pretty interesting. They set up a bowl of ice water that was kept at just above freezing (1 degree Celcius) and attached to a timer. They then tested an equal number of men and women, seeing how long each person could keep their hand submerged. The subjects were not told that the men and women were competing, and for the first test, they were not permitted to curse while their hand was submerged. Read the rest of this entry »

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