5 side effects I was feeling with clutter

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Relief is what I feel

I can feel a difference in my physical self as well as in my emotional self when I enter my closet/office now. Even though the job of organizing is not completed yet the decluttering job is done. No more miscellaneous objects from my children are on my closet floor. No more electrical cords from various devices lay on the floor for me to step on. I’m telling you it was getting crazy. All of that extra mess caused me a lot of stress and all together unhappiness throughout my day. Due to the storage for so many things being in my closet, I enter my closet several times a day.

So when you read an article about decluttering being good for you because clutter can have many negative side effects on our health, believe it. If you even get Fibro Fog just by looking at a messy counter or floor, it may be time to go ahead and put everything away. Living in clutter is something I have done for a very long time. Especially since I have had Fibromyalgia. I know the pain and exhaustion have kept me down. Because of those side effects I know I have not stood up and taken care of the mess around me. It is very hard to get the energy and non-pain days to take care of what you have to let alone what you would like to take care of.

My Fibro Tool for Decluttering

If you are ever able to have a day without a Fibro Flare please do yourself a favor and clean up the clutter. Sometimes I use a reacher grabber. Who in the world wants to use their spoons to bend down and grab things off of the ground when you don’t have to. I am telling you this tool has helped me out so many times. My kids like to leave laundry on the floor and under their bed. I am not bending down to get that stuff. Not only does it take extra everything I have but then I also have to move my fingers when they are stiff or swollen. Heck no!! The reacher grabber comes to my rescue every time.

My favorite "Fibro Tool" for cleaning

The reacher grabber as shopping internet companies call them, has been my favorite “fibro tool”, do you have a favorite fibro tool? Any ideas to help us in our daily lives should be left in the comment section so all of us can find the relief you have found with something.

I am so excited about the positive feeling I get while in my newly decluttered space that I am wanting to go throughout my house and declutter other rooms. I know my fibro won’t allow me to tackle the whole house today but decluttering one room a day, on my good days, shouldn’t be too hard on me, right?

While decluttering I also have the urge to get online and buy every container possible for every little mess. If only I had the money for all of that. See I have this problem of wanting to buy everything I need for projects all at the time that I am inspired to do the project or the project just does not get finished. I have been disorganized for years and I have always wanted to organize the mess but I never remember to get everything I need for that project because I lose my fire for wanting to complete it. I’m not alone in this problem of mine, am I?

When Fibromyalgia takes over our bodies it also can take over our minds. I know many of you do not want to give everything up to Fibro, which is why we must try every little thing out there. SOmethings that help people without medical problems can also help us. We are still human after all and just because others are not suffering from Fibromyalgia does not mean they can’t help us in one way or another.

5 side effects of clutter

A post from the HuffingtonPost says clutter can affect you in many ways and the ways it affected me were/are:

  1. Stress, yes that is a big one for me. Clutter means I can’t find things right away or that certain thing isn’t in the place it is supposed to be. Plus sitting around clutter adds to my discomfort which leads to stress because I sit there during a flare and just think of how much I want to clean that mess up.
  2. Clutter wrecks your diet, I would also have to agree with this statement. I know I eat a lot more snacks on the unhealthy side when my house is a mess because my mind is a mess and I am stressed about everything around me.
  3. Clutter threatens your safety. Yes, but in my case, it isn’t a fire hazard in front of my door or windows. It is the clutter on the floor I step on or trip over.
  4. Clutter upsets your kids, I know for one of my children this is very true with certain objects. There are some things, like bookshelves that my son just cannot stand to see unorganized.
  5. Clutter makes you miss work. That has been happening to me. The clutter of my life has made me not want to write lately.

Five out of twelve negative side effects may not seem bad to some but for me, it does not feel good to have these side effects of clutter in my life. Those are side effects I would rather live without. I am sure you wouldn’t want the clutter in your home to add to your stress either, we have enough stress with fibro. Stress has also been linked to causing a fibro flare for us. So anything to do with stress we must stay away from.

I am grateful I took the time to declutter my closet/office. After feeling these positive feelings about my decluttered space I am getting ideas on what else I can declutter throughout my home. My next project is going to be my laundry room because I know I have not been happy to be in that room for a couple of weeks now.

Every little thing we do can affect us and our fibro. Keep moving towards your inner happy place.

Why and how do you deal with it?

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How scary my first diagnosis was

At first, I was told I had a muscle disease. How scary that was for me, I cannot put into words. I had three young children including a baby girl I wouldn’t be there for. All of the milestones I would miss, that thought brought tears to my eyes and broke my heart. Then the thought of the memories my children would have of me would be sick. Needing help to do everything and eventually leaving them. I started setting up other women who could be like a mother to them. Asking family members to help with certain things I wanted them to know.

What it feels like to have fibromyalgia

So when I was told I actually have Fibromyalgia, I was relieved, to say the least. I knew it meant a lifetime of pain. How much and to what degree I did not know. Then you have the additional side effects, the ones no one tells you about.
The muscle pain is one thing but then you add the exhaustion, eyesight issues, migraines, sleeplessness, brain fog, nerve pain, joint pain, dizziness, active labor pains, and countless others. The list of side effects created by Fibromyalgia is truly endless. We are finding out new things about our personal FIbromyalgia every day. No two cases of Fibromyalgia are alike, something that helps me may not help you. The amount, degree or type of side effects are also all different.
Then you add in all the people, including most Doctors, who do not understand anything about Fibromyalgia. Which is understandable in some ways. Look at all of us having different side effects to different degrees and this medical problem is very confusing for anyone, including those of us who actually live with Fibromyalgia every day.

I have heard many comments from people with Fibromyalgia about their families leaving them behind. Can you imagine going through something that can keep you out of daily activities with others and then they leave you because of that? Many people have said that their family believes they are faking. Anyone who is of sane mind would not want to fake this illness. I am sure there are some people out there trying to use our illness to gain disability, they probably think it will be easy because Fibromyalgia is hard to detect visibly. But for those of us who are not lying, we all know we are telling the truth about our pain and daily difficulties. There are times when we just cannot get out of bed. Then you have the other days when it hurts to live our arms so we can brush our hair. My husband has had to wash my hair for me several times over the years. I am blessed to have that help.

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The yo-yo effect of fibromyalgia

For most of us with Fibromyalgia, we have days when we can brush our hair and shower. Then we have what is called a flare-up or as some call it, a fibro flare and those are the days it is hard to get out of bed. For anyone who does not believe Fibromyalgia is real because we have some days better than others, you are wrong. We are in pain every single day of our lives. The only thing that makes certain days better than others is the degree of our pain is less on the better days. I have not been pain-free in seven years. There are many others who have had it much longer and most of us looking back can remember side effects earlier than when the daily pain started. But to us, it was normal because we had been dealing with the side effects mildly off and on for so long they felt normal.

Each day I find a way to live life, just like countless others I have talked to with Fibromyalgia. You just have to sometimes force yourself to smile (the fake smile we all know so well) and decide to be happy that day. With as much happiness as you can possibly muster This task may seem small but it is indeed a large accomplishment for us.

Why would you go around smiling all day when you have pain, brain fog or exhaustion hounding you? There are not many people who can achieve this great accomplishment. So just because someone you know who has Fibromyalgia is smiling that does not mean they are happy and everything is wonderful that day. It means they are trying to force their day into brightness.

How honest we should be

When most of us are asked how are we doing that day and we say good, it means, “At this moment my pain is manageable and I may be able to do something today.” Which is maybe a new way we should say it. Maybe if we said, “My pain is less right now but if you want to go out will you drive so I won’t have a flare-up?”

I would say this to the people who are a part of my understanding circle. Like my Husband or my Mother-in-Law. My own Mother and I would have to draw straws on who feels better than whom that day. We all need that circle of people we can trust. Those people who make us feel less abnormal than everyone else. We deserve just as much happiness as other do. Regardless of a visible illness or not. I am not less human because I have Fibromyalgia than you are. If we ended the judgment of others our whole world would be a better place to live. We need each other to build us when we fall and love us whether we are whole or chipped. Love is love, there is nothing better or greater than love.

My list of helpful favorites

As I go through life with Fibromyalgia I carry with me, my heating pad, melatonin (time release), GABA, light exercise and medicinal food. When I flare-up I choose to use a cleansing bath with Epsom Salt, Baking Soda,

My favorites for a fibro flare up.
My favorites for a fibro flare up.

and Lavender Oil. Plus I talk to people who know or at least try to understand what it is I am going through. These are the ways I have found that help me. What are some other ways you deal with your Fibromyalgia?

Please let us all know so maybe you can help someone else feel better today.

As always let me add, I am not a medical professional any advise or options expressed are not medical advice. These are my disclaimers.

Socializing with Fibromyalgia

Impossible to socialize

The reasons we can feel as if we can not socialize can be an overwhelming amount. I have to bring this for comfort, I can’t eat that, not drinking alcohol, exhaustion, fibro fog. The list can go on and on. However, the problems with us socializing do not lay all on us. We have to change the way we do everything during our daily struggle with Fibromyalgia. Which would also include socializing. Yet many people who do not have Fibromyalgia do not seem to be able to believe our problems are real. Just because Fibromyalgia is not visible to the naked eye, does not mean we are lying.

One possible way to help

Unless it is an event that is a milestone marker, (wedding, anniversary dinner, baptism, birth, funeral, etc.) I stay at home. Kids birthday parties are not on my list of must do’s. Every year we have a small family affair for our kids. Sometimes they will get a party with other kids but the number of kids is very small. We will usually limit it to the kids by our house. It is a bonus for us as well since we know the parents. (A very easy way to socialize is to get to know a neighbor.) We do not do it this way because I dislike children but because all the noise and activity is too much stimulation for people with Fibromyalgia.

How I get through the social issues

Through this whole struggle, I have never cared if anyone accepted my illness, as long as they respected it and my limitations. Getting into a debate on whether or not it is real has never happened to me. (Not including Doctors, I have debated with them.) Through support groups I have found out not having to defend yourself is not normal, which is horrible. Let me apologize for all of the mistreatment you have received from anyone because of your Fibromyalgia.

I am very lucky in this way I do know. My own family has multiple people with Fibromyalgia so no one in my family has ever said my illness is not real. My husband’s parents have both been very accepting of everything. They listen to me and try very hard to be very accommodating. This next year we will be moving across the country closer to my husbands family and my Mother-in-Law has already agreed to throw our seven-year-olds birthday party.

She is great at throwing parties for the kids so when I know we will be with her sometime close to one of our kids birthdays I let her have her fun and invite everyone she knows. All of my In-laws on the east coast have been very accepting of all the limitations I have. They ask me questions just so they can make sure I have things to eat or that I am comfortable.

What we can do for us

Due to the way Fibromyalgia sufferers have been treated by some, we all need to ban together and meet one another in person, even when we aren’t feeling our best. Because we all need people who underLets come together to socialize in person.stand and care. There are many places we can look for this opportunity at meetups.com and groups on Facebook. I myself have started a group in my local area. Posting things on Facebook is all well and good but that old fashioned face to face communication is the best!

Who wouldn’t love to meet at a coffee shop and get to know someone? Have someone to get manicures with, who understands why you called them last minute to schedule. Create a book club who all understands why you did not read what you all agreed on to discuss this week. I wrote a post about taking care of yourself that just might help you with ideas on what to do and maybe even find new friends.

Why should we feel all alone? Especially on our really hard days. Many of us have friends who have left us. We need to start a movement of action, meet the people you need to start feeling better about the way things are.  

All of us are capable of more than what we think we are capable of. Don’t keep yourself down with self-doubt or thinking you can’t do something just because you have fibro. Keep trying, even when it hurts. If we all came together to push each other to live, all of our lives might be easier to live.

Life can be an amazing adventure but it is nothing if we feel as if we are stuck in a chair or our bed. Sitting and laying around is not living, at least not for me. I want more out of life than seeing the same walls, tv shows and faces. I start to feel like I am in a prison when I do nothing but stay home with my pain. I have noticed that going outside helps me, being active in any way helps me feel better and be better. 

I am going to start a socializing pledge. I am going to become parts of groups that go out or have gatherings of different sorts. As well as engage with someone one on one once a month. The one on one time will be in addition to the gatherings with groups. 

Last week I was invited to a potluck lunch. I am very glad I said yes and stayed. I met several new acquaintances and one that I believe will turn into a friendship. 

What pledge are you willing to take for your socializing happiness? Make sure to leave your pledge in the comment section of this post. I am excited to read your pledges and also the outcomes of your pledges.

It has been said that people who exercise and socialize are actually happier and healthier, especially as they get older. So join me in making your life healthier by adding more friends to your life.



How and why I changed my eating lifestyle

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What worked for me is not guaranteed to work for you

All of us are different. No diet or exercise program works for all of us. If they did then there would not be so many diets and exercise techniques out there. I support anything that works for you. I just want you to take the time to figure out what that is. I am not giving you any medical or diet advice this post is just about my story on how I changed my lifestyle for me.

Why I changed my food

I started changing my eating habits because I was having trouble digesting some foods. Having a medical problem and going through the anger of not being able to live life as you used to anymore is hard. So I choose to be happy and limit what I eat so I can feel better. With Fibromyalgia we have come to find out it affects our digestive system. So changing our diets to easily digestible foods with high nutrients is key for us.

What caused me to know I needed a change

First I had to give up cow milk. My body could not process it without giving me heartburn and bloating. I am a true believer in listening to my body. So when I would get heartburn and bloating from drinking cow milk, I stopped drinking it. I know most people would reach for an antacid but that is just a mask. If your body is having a bad reaction to a food or drink listen to it, do not just cover it up.  You could just be allowing more damage to happen to your internal body parts.

For me, gluten cannot be processed without a lot of pain and inflammation throughout my body. I took gluten out of my diet even before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. My stomach will stretch out and make me look as if I am six months pregnant. And the pain, that pain would make me cry and pray for it to go away. The only way I could get this pain to go away was through natural remedies. I am a natural being so I choose to treat my body naturally.

Laying on my bed with a pillow and a heating pad placed under my stomach. I then drink two cups of ginger tea. Either make my own from a couple slices of ginger in hot water or I buy only one brand. Traditional Medicinals is the only brand that is good enough to trust both in quality and taste.  Also, I will stay in my room alone because there is usually one way that gas is leaving me.

I had to also take eggs out of my diet due to my body’s inability to process them without pain. I never found anything that would help me if I ate eggs. The pain with them was a much harder stabbing pain than with gluten. Eggs were out of my diet about four months before the gluten was.How changing my eating habits to Vegan helped me cope with my medical problems.

What gave us the big shove

In early 2017, very close to New Years, I watched a couple documentaries with my husband, on the China Study and some others on plant-based diets like Forks over knives. When the second documentary finished my husband asked me “what do you think about trying this, if it works for you I will support you.” I had heard of plant-based eating helping people like me before this but I didn’t want to change our family’s habits without support. So we started changing our eating habits together the next time I went food shopping. That is all we saw them as, eating habits, not a diet. This was a chance to see if a change in my food would actually help me feel better.

How we started the change

As a couple, my husband and I talk about everything. So we took the time to discuss how we would make this drastic change. Because we both loved the taste of our meat and dairy. Goodness knows, as most of you feel I am sure, I was the queen of cheese. And butter, heck I was raised on that, why use 1 tablespoon when a whole stick will do.

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I bought a journal just for this new eating plan. I thought the text on the cover of the journal was very fitting. We decided we would have meatless dinners twice a week. When we did have meat, the meat would be thin cut fish or chicken breasts. We did quite well at this first part of our Vegan mission. It was a lot easier than most of us expect. I did not change my eating habits in the cold turkey fashion because that does not work for me. I know enough about myself that I must change my body and mindset gradually.


The first meatless meal I made was a vegetable soup that I already knew my family loves. (I was going to share that recipe but at this time I cannot find it.)

I always have to double recipes because we have a family of five so we had that soup for several dinners. When we finally finished that pot of soup my husband and I talked. It had been three days since we last ate meat. And crazy enough neither one of us were having a problem with not eating meat. Our kids were still asking for it but the two of us were just fine without it.

That night I took time to pay attention to my body and how it was feeling. I realized that for the last couple of days I been becoming better. I was less stiff and had more energy. Enough to where I had not felt the need to nap that day. I was quite impressed just by that but not completely convinced yet.

My husband and I ate meat a couple more times after the night we finished the vegetable soup. Then we talked once again, we decided that we should just kick the meat out of our diet. My journal was showing how I would feel a little better one day but then be down with pain and exhaustion again the day after we ate meat with dinner. That was enough to show me that being a vegetarian was worth it.

No dairy!! What? No!!!

We were meat-free for four months before I started taking the dairy out. First I took out the butter. Yes, my long loved butter. I quickly looked for a Non-GMO vegan butter because butter was very hard to stop using altogether. I cook for my family every day, several times a day so no butter was hard. First I tried a coconut oil butter then I found another one. My family likes the second one better and so does my wallet.

Cheese, my dear sweet cheese. Yes, I cut cheese out of my daily food intake. That is how I worked it at first. I started taking it out of my daily love affair with food a day a week. After my second week like that, I decided to take it out two days a week. I was very addicted to cheese. It took me a month to feel ok about going without cheese a couple days a week. But I finally let it go enough to place another restriction on myself. I took away cheddar. I know, can you believe it cheddar!? Of all the cheeses I decided to cut out of my diet first, I went with the one that has the most flavor. That was because I was pretty sure it would be the hardest to let go of.

I will tell you how I came to the decision of cheddar being the first cheese I cut out of my life. True to form, I listened not only to books written by experts but also to my body. I read books that said cheddar is the hardest cheese for our bodies to digest. With how low my energy was and how yuck my body felt after I ate cheddar cheese, I believed the experts. I realized that my taste buds loved cheddar, not my body. After a month of that, I only allowed Monterey Jack and feta in my foods lifestyle. Feta was the hard one to let go of because I love it on my salads or should I say my taste buds love it.

Now I eat for my soul and that is a whole new lifestyle. I found that if I eat what my body likes it will reward me with only 3-4 painful days a month. Only one of those painful days keep me in bed. My cognitive function is amazing. I rarely get brain fog only on that one day of tremendous pain. My cardiovascular system works great, I can jog 5 k’s now in 40 minutes. I do not know about stairs right now but at least I can run again and talk. Heart palpitations have not been a problem and I cannot remember the last time I dealt with vertigo. Life has been amazing since the switch. All it took was for me to pay attention to the needs of my body instead of my taste buds.

I know this blog post was long and I appreciate you taking the time to read it.


May the rest of your day be joyful,

Elyse with NaturallyFibro





Time for you

Time for you to relax

What does time for you mean? If you are a mother and or wife you may have forgotten what time for you is. Time for you is time for you to regroup, get to know you again. You are a person beyond your family, you deserve nourishment just like everyone else. With how busy life is today with running the kids everywhere and something is always happening somewhere, we forget about ourselves. We matter, time for you matters. It is perfectly ok to hang a sign on your bedroom doorknob that says you are not to be disturbed. Or get dressed up and run out of the house before the kids know you are gone. That one never works for me.

Kids and husbands never think twice about leaving you to go do whatever it is they want to do. So why are you not taking time for you? So many women I try to do things with for some girl time say they are to busy, always to busy. How can you be to busy to take care of yourself, always? Having families does not mean we have to give up everything for ourselves. I am not talking about going out every night doing goodness only knows what. I am talking about being too busy to tell your husband you are leaving to get a manicure done. Or spending the money on a sitter so you can go out on a girls night and actually have adult conversations. Heck, when was the last time you went clothes shopping for only yourself? Or bought yourself a new outfit because you wanted to, not because there was a hole in your clothes.

Something small I do for myself

Being a mom can definitely be one of the best things you ever get to experience. But why are we losing ourselves to that experience? One of my latest time for me pass times is watching a Paparazzi Jewelry consultant. I leave my family to sit at our computer and listen with headphones so I can hide and hear the show without interruption. It may seem little but it is sometime I get to clear my mind of everything. During that time I do not need to do anything, just sit back and relax. I make a cup of tea and let it all go.

Recently I have also been thinking about multi-tasking and doing a manicure while I watch the live show. I need to buy some new tools because my kids lost my old ones. Things like that happen a lot with my kids and fibro fog. Things I forget about putting away they get into. And I just found one for a great price and an almost five-star rating! Excitement!

Life is never going to stop or slow down so make it stop for you at some point. Put yourself and maybe even your girlfriends into your schedule. Yes, actually go get your favorite writing tool for your appointment book or calendar right now and write your name and a time down. You matter, so show other people that you know you matter by actually taking that time for yourself. Do not reschedule!

Things to do while taking time for you,

To find these groups I used meetups.com. I have found this website to be a very useful tool when trying to find a group of anything, people.
The list is endless, the ones where you have an appointment or regularly scheduled time are the best. Because those times you know you are going to get exactly what you need. When we do not have anything regularly scheduled for ourselves we have an easier time forgetting about ourselves. With Fibro, we really have to remember that we need even more extra care than others. We still run homes and possibly have jobs outside those homes. We need me time or we are going to fall apart.

What it took for me to realize I need me time

When things were going really bad for me with sleep deprivation and heart palpitations along with the other well-known side effects of fibro, I thought I was going to die. I had a baby who never slept, for three months my husband and I slept in shifts. We were at our breaking point when she finally started sleeping at night. I was not yet diagnosed at that time but since life was so crazy I didn’t even schedule doctor appointments for myself. I did not take the time to take care of me. Now, what if Fibro was a medical condition that was fatal. I would have been kicking myself even harder for not being checked out sooner. I mean I was having heart palpitations and I didn’t call for an appointment.

The point is, you need to take care of yourself no matter how silly it may seem with everyone so busy.

Here are some self care ideas from CleanPlates.com.

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Natural treatments that work for me

Natural Treatments, do they work?

Yes, natural treatments do work. The natural treatments that do work for me are what will be covered in this post. If I have not tried it then it is not on my list. Giving you information on what might work is not a helpful piece of information.

My ever growing list

  1. Very hot bath with Epsom salt, baking soda, and lavender essential oil. Many of you have already heard of this one. I need the water to be very hot or it does nothing to soothe my pain. For those of us with Fibromyalgia, showers can bring on nerve pain and exhaustion so a bath is best when you are having a fibro day, as I call it.
  2. Herbal tea, I like the brand Traditional Medicinals because the flavors I use are all organic and very pleasant. I use two tea bags in the teas with lighter flavor when I am having a flare-up. The use of the two tea bags is purely medicinal by adding the extra tea bag I am making my medicine strong enough to take away my pain or stress. Just in case you would not like to go through a long list of teas I do not recommend I have also added the links to the specific teas that help me.
    1. Chamomile and Lavender– I use this tea for nerve and muscle pain. When do we not have that problem? Both Chamomile and Lavender are very relaxing all around.
    2. Stress Ease– a Helpful tool for helping you cope with the stress. The flavor of this tea is cinnamon, very light so you can easily double this as well.
    3. Cup of Calm– This one is my absolute favorite option for stress. I know there is already a tea labeled Stress Ease but Cup of Calm has what my mind and body really like to release stress. So as with anything, your body may have different needs than mine so play around with it a bit.
    4. Peppermint Tea– I do not double this tea, the flavor is already pretty intense. This is great for the digestive issues people with Fibromyalgia have as well and a great tea to help calm you during an emotional or stressful day.
    5. Ginger- Talk about digestive help! This tea is amazing, like the peppermint I do not double the amount of tea bags when brewing this tea. If I doubled the bags with this tea it would be too spicy for me to drink. When I am having a mother load of digestive problems this is the amazing wonder tea. I usually have to brew two cups, the first one usually helps greatly. The second cup finishes the job and takes care of any pain or discomfort I was feeling.
    6. Nighty Night– I love this one to help me get to sleep at night it also has a very smooth and yummy flavor.

I love using natural products that I know will not make my side-effects from any of my medical conditions any worse. Why take something full of additional side-effect causing ingredients? Especially when something that is nice and relaxing will do the job. With that all being said about tea I would like to share my morning cup of tea with you. May your day be full of sunshine and rainbows.

Looking for other options?

I also make whipped coconut oil. For some reason unknown to me the whipped coconut oil takes away the nerve pain in my legs. Maybe it is the massage I give while rubbing the coconut oil onto my skin or maybe it is the coconut oil itself. Whatever the reason or why I do not care because it works and that is all that matters to me at this time. On the plus side, you then end up with very silky legs and who doesn’t love that. Especially on clean sheet night.

As I have read some research on how to live with Fibromyalgia I found out chemicals can bring on some side-effects. So in order to not add to any pain, exhaustion or brain fog, I clean with natural ingredients. I use baking soda, borax, vinegar (both white and apple kinds of vinegar) and an all natural dish soap.

In addition, all of my bath and beauty products are all natural, non-GMO, Organic when possible and gluten-free. I look for other great things for the products to either be made of or not made of. As well as I will look for non-animal testing and earth-friendly. The first four things I listed are the most important to me though.

Oh, the HORROR!

Did anyone say EXERCISE?!! Yes, that is right, movement makes Fibro better for us. Unlike most TV trainers show you your exercise does not need to be strenuous. Who couldn’t use a great walk outside with the shining sun and birds chirping?

For some the word exercise is a dirty word, so let’s call it movement. Because of all my movement that is required of a body when you are moving boxes, my Fibro never showed up during our move. I am talking about everything, nerve pain (besides the pinched nerve), exhaustion, muscle pain or brain fog. Nothing happened to me until I quit moving and that was only exhaustion. Who isn’t tired after moving heavy boxes for days on end?

So just move and you will feel better something nice and easy is all it has to be, nothing more. You should also be able to graduate into more movement options than walking, eventually. I am able to jog and lift heavy weights with low reps. That took me a couple of years to accomplish that so be kind to yourself when trying to accomplish a new movement goal.

Another option most will not want to try

Lifestyle. I know many people do not want to change how they celebrate things or eat or how often they participate in movement. There is research out there, where Fibro is concerned, alcohol actually inflames us and makes Fibro side-effects worse. If you could have less pain, brain fog, and exhaustion why wouldn’t you consider taking alcohol out of your lifestyle? I know many won’t or can’t do that but being alcohol free will help you with everything Fibromyalgia related.

Did anyone say food? Yes, food plays a part in how our body functions. Most Americans eat to excite their taste buds, not their soul. If after you eat something and you do not want to lift yourself out of your chair because movement feels prohibited then you have just fed your taste buds not you. I have found that with the right food you can feel amazing inside and out. Your positivity level actually changes when you find the right food for you. Happiness, energy, kindness, and enjoyment will be with you all day long without you even having to try. And what about pain-free, would you like to be pain-free too? Yes, food effects us.

I am Vegan while I know others are happy with the RAW diet and other I know use the Keto diet. Each body is different. Find your true positivity.


Moving to a new house and having Fibro

Moving  to a new house with Fibro

Participating in our move to a new house while suffering with Fibro has not been a dream at all. While moving I had a pinched nerve for the first week from packing and moving boxes. Ointments, massage nor a hot Epsom salt bath helped me. The whole time we were moving boxes into and out of the truck I could feel nerves all over my body. The first one made my lower back unbendable.

After that the nerve decided to call all its relatives that lived through my left thigh. After all the pain and immobility I was still quite proud of myself. I could do that much physical activity. Just very carefully so I would not continue to injure myself further. I ended up having immobility for three weeks. I thought I was going to need a masseuse. But here I am able to sit up straight and type on the computer. So things are looking up.

Our new house has made almost all of us happier. Our middle child is unhappy about the change in his school. Other than that he is happy though.

I was out of action with my blogging for a couple of weeks due to this move but I am very proud of myself for everything I did. I accomplished a lot for someone with fibromyalgia. There is no way I could move all of our belongings every day.

This move also showed me that some days I do not feel like I can stand, sit or move in anyway but I really can. Very slowly or very painfully but I can move and for that I am thankful. On some very horrible days I need my husband to wash my hair. In the end it all balances out.

For weeks after this move I had the constant additional nerve pain from the pinched nerve. I still had to keep on going, being up on my feet all day everyday. Either a family member needed me or the house needed something. I tell you my husband and I are used to relaxing after dinner but there has been none of that lately.

And then there was family

Have you ever felt as if there was no catching up on your to do list? For some reason with this move we have not been able to catch up. Whether it is something for our new home or the past home there is always something. Then you add in everything every family member needs as well and the list just never becomes any shorter.

My kids decided to grow during our move, all three of them at the same time. Don’t you just love it when they work as a team! One of our sons bedding decided to fall apart. He had already moved onto another interest anyway so it wasn’t such a big issue for him. But for me it was another addition to my ever growing list.

In this house I have also taken the time to make the kids bedrooms more of a private sanctuary for them. I hope they enjoy it and if not maybe one they will look back and be able to say mom always knew what I was into while I was growing up.

And now back to the move…

I felt very proud of myself when I moved every single box from my house with my husband. I was actually an active member of my family. More like the wife my husband used to know. He complemented me many times, he was proud of all the work I was able to do. My husband would talk to me about how I would not have been able to do this much work just a year ago. And he was right, I lived a different lifestyle a year ago.

The lifestyle I lived a year ago was much more confined into my chair and bed. I was doing everything I could while I was catering to my pain but I wasn’t living. Something I am very glad of is, I changed my lifestyle. I am forever thankful that I am the type of person who can and will change things to better myself.

If you ever do find yourself moving from one home to another make sure to get a great back brace.

This is what I still have left to go through, sometimes it’s hard being the mom and wife. 

Now, I need to take a deep breath and unpack all of this. WHY!!!