October, 2014

  1. Tips to living your best life with Fibro….

    October 25, 2014 by Heather

    Living

     

    I’m asked almost daily how I manage to live “well” with Fibro.  I will not sit here and lie to you and tell you that I never have a bad day.  We all do.  But I have a great “toolbox” to pull from when I am having one of those days.  This toolbox does not include meds.  I’m not a huge fan of them and believe they are just a bandaid and do not get to the root cause.  So here are a few tips that I have learned along the way.  This is by no means a comprehensive list and I’ll probably think of more after I publish this post.  

     

    1) Get yourself a functional doctor.  These doctors will do more for you than any regular MD every will.  There are many sites to locate one.  Functionalmedicine.org is one of them.  If you do not find a doctor there please do a Google search or check some other sites.  Just because they aren’t listed does not mean they do not exist.  Sometimes it takes a little digging.

    2) Start on a good quality magnesium and turmeric.  We are typically deficient in magnesium and should be on a good glycinate or malate form.  Quality is key.  Avoid supplements with fillers.  A good supplement regimen is key.  This is a starting point.  I’m on various supplements, including Shakeology, that I use daily.

    3) Get your vitamin levels checked as well as your adrenals, a mthfr test and food allergy profile.   A functional doctor will do this for you. Adrenals are best tested via a 24 hour saliva test.  I’m assuming if you have been diagnosed with Fibro your doc has ruled out anything else that might mimic it, i.e., thyroid, auto immune, Lyme etc.  If they haven’t ask for that too.  And remember our normals are not everyone else’s normals.  Regular people’s normals are too low for us and not ideal.  Always get a copy of your labs.  

    4) EXERCISE!!!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  We NEED to move every single day even if we don’t want to.  If you want to talk about exercise programs you can do from home let me know.  

    5) Practice great self care.  This means listening to your body and having the things available in your toolbox should a flare come on.  Supplements, heat, ice, topicals, foam roller, tennis ball, reiki, massage etc.  are a few of the things I have in my toolbox.  

    6) Find time for YOU.  I swear by meditation.  We need to find something that helps us to destress.

    7) SLEEP!  If you aren’t sleeping your body isn’t repairing itself.  This creates an endless cycle of pain that just perpetuates.  If you’re not sleeping find out why.  

    8) Water and diet are huge for us.  We should be drinking atleast 1/2 our weight in ounces every day.  More if you’re sweating.  How’s your diet?  Processed foods, soda, gluten, dairy, soy are all no no’s for us.  They will create inflammation that will increase pain.  And are you eating often?  We cannot expect a car to run with no fuel yes? Your energy levels will be so much better if we are eating good, clean food often.  Oftentimes, by just changing your diet you will be amazed at how much better you feel.  

     

    These are just a few of the things I can think of right now.  If you have any questions let me know.  And I always love to hear what others are doing to manage their Fibro!


  2. If you don’t have anything nice to say…

    October 3, 2014 by Heather

    Evening fellow fibro warriors!  I know, yet again, I’ve been slacking here.  I guess we all have one part of our lives that we continually slack in.  This would be mine apparantly.  But tonite I say hello yet again and I feel the need for a rant.  Hey, maybe if I have a lot more things to rant about I’ll blog more?! 🙂  

    So today I’m walking the dog and checking my FB page activity when I come across a follower that posted on a post I have up about one of my Fibro fitness groups.  Now I was always taught if you have nothing nice to say then don’t say anything at all.  But obviously this person has never heard that.  The post went a little something like this….”you can’t exercise intensely with Fibro.”  The rest of it I don’t remember because I deleted it and banned her.  You know what, you are entitled to your opinion as we all are but to come to MY page and basically call me a liar is flat out rude and disrespectful.  I am living proof that you CAN exercise intensely with Fibro.  So to post that you can’t is calling me a liar and questioning my credibility.  Now is this the first time someone has told me “you can’t have Fibro?”  No.  But it still gets to me every time.  Why?  Because I take great pride in being able to help the Fibro peeps that do take me up on my services and I also take great pride in the fact that I am able to do the things I do with Fibro.  I have worked damn hard to get where I’m at and I deserve some credit for that.  

    So let’s talk about exercise.  Can you exercise intensely with Fibro?  YES!  Does everyone start out there!?  NO!  Will everyone get to that point?  NO!  But CAN you move every single day in some capacity?  Hell YES!  And we should.  Because if we don’t we are tighter, our muscles will spasm more and we will atrophy.  And you know what, the longer you don’t move the worse you will feel when you finally do.  I also heard today someone say their doctor told them they shouldn’t exercise.  Excuse my language but BULLSHIT!  If you were in fact told that then you need to find a new doctor.  Any doctor that knows anything about our condition will tell you to move.  Fibro is NOT an excuse not to move and sometimes I feel like people use it as one.  Can you tell I’m a little passionate about this topic?  

    So that’s my rant for this evening.  If you feel the need to call me out be polite and do it privately.  I would give someone the same consideration.  To do so on my public page is flat out rude and uncalled for.  I do believe that this person has some unresolved issues and I was the closest victim to her wrath.  Maybe she’s having some issues managing her Fibro.  Then ask for help.  Don’t take it out on the person that IS trying to help.  Or I do believe that some people want to be sick.  It’s sad but true.  It sucks to be sick.  I wouldn’t WANT to be sick.  Regardless, those that call me a liar or refuse to believe I have Fibro are so worth the wonderful people I have come in contact with.  Those are the people that make the bashings all worth it!

     Till next time my friends!  Give me something to rant about and maybe I’ll write sooner! 🙂