Fibromyalgia: high pain, coping and mental illness

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WP Published Authors – my list — Simply Chronically Ill

I have finally compiled the list of all the wonderful authors who left a comment on my post, pubished?!. I would like to thank everyone who listed their work, and if you would like to be included, please leave your information in the comment section below, thank you. I would also like to […] via WP... Continue Reading →

Fibromyalgia: The basics

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I realized when hunting through posts that I have not done a good solid what the hell is fibromyalgia post (according to currently acknowledged information). So here it comes…

Fibromyalgia is a condition where the pain processing system is faulty in the brain so that we feel pain faster, longer, and where there is no pain at all. It is characterized by widespread pain. That doesn’t mean, though, that we cannot have places where pain is more severe, only that, yes, we tend to have baseline pain all over. What they know is the pain starts in the brain and pain processing. The syndrome varies from person to person and through one’s own lifetime. One person can be disabled by it while another can cope and function within limitations. One person can have severe pain while another severe fatigue.

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Research has indicated that people with FM have as much as…

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The Chronically Hopeful Award

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Brigid over at Watching the Daisies  was kind enough to nominate me for the Chronically Hopeful Award. There is no way I can express what Brigid means to me, I will let her own words tell you who she is and have to leave it at that.

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener, and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from a debilitating illness.

The Chronically Hopeful Award has been created by Pamela, “to recognize the incredible people who blog about chronic illness, mental health, and disability.”

The rules:

  • Thank your nominator
  • Recognize Pamela from There Is Always Hope as the creator of this award and link her URL –
  • Use the Chronically Hopeful Award logo somewhere in your post
  • Copy these rules onto your…

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Fibromyalgia introduction posts

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Fibromyalgia introduction posts

This is a list of introduction fibromyalgia posts if you have not been diagnosed yet or have recently been diagnosed.

Things I have always wanted people to know about FM

Challenges of fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia challenges

First thing first, fibromyalgia is Pain but it is More than pain

Fibromyalgia is more than just pain

Sleep issues

Fatigue and fibromyalgia

Cognitive dysfunction and fibrofog

The long list of Potential symptoms

These days it takes an average 5 years to get diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It used to be diagnosed by a rheumatologist but is now diagnosed by your doctor.

Here is my journey to diagnosis

Our relationships and fibromyalgia

Things to do


Fibrocane supplement

CBT for fibromyalgia worth it?

Emotional awareness expression therapy


Pain in fibromyalgia

Hyperalgesia: this is our major pain as part of the syndrome itself. It is an abnormal sensitivity to pain. The crux of our pain dysfunction.



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Does Anyone Ever Get It … Bojana Did!

I Tripped Over a Stone

Does anyone who does not have fibromyalgia ever understand what it’s like to have it? I believed not. I felt people tried! However, after reading this poem from Bojana, I must withdraw my statement, “In order to get fibromyalgia, you must get fibromyalgia.” Not only has this wise woman had to take on the language of a country foreign to her, but she has also taken on trying to understand this disease that I have. Bojana, you are a true friend. Your words dance in front of me with understanding and accuracy of tripping over the stone that is fibromyalgia. Thank you for proving me wrong. You get it.

You may read Bojana’s incredible poemhere.

img_1129With the utmost respect and thanks, my friend. ~Kim

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Is Remission Possible?

I Tripped Over a Stone

I recently had an interesting conversation with a friend of mine. We were talking about the Seven Stages of Fibromyalgia. She believed there should be an eighth stage called “remission.” Her reasoning was when we feel ‘normal’ we are in remission. When we relapse, the pain that returns puts us back into the sixth stage of fibromyalgia when we hurt all the time and do not see a way out. This got me thinking! (And researching.)

First, let’s define remission as used in reference to medical patients.

The English dictionary defines remission as;

Remission:noun(OF ILLNESS)aperiodoftimewhen anillnessis lesssevereor is not affecting someone.

I know I have used the word remission in a few of my early blogs. It does mean when an illness is less severe. It does fit. I don’t think this is necessarily the eighth stage of fibromyalgia. I think remission can happen

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