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Baby It’s Cold Outside! Cold Weather and Fibromyalgia

Baby It's Cold Outside! Cold Weather and Fibromyalgia

Baby It’s Cold Outside! Cold Weather and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is such a strange disease, some of us have problems with heat, others cannot handle cold, and of course there are many of us that have problems with all temperature extremes! Expert opinion is that any significant change in barometric pressure is hard on people with Fibromyalgia, which makes sense, a nerve disorder is sensitive to everything, unfortunately.

So, we know we have a weird disease, we know weather affects us, now what? There are a few things I have learned, and some I found doing research, to help make the cold a bit more tolerable.

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1) Take a warm bath-

Yes really. Add some Epsom salts, the magnesium does wonders for sore muscles and joints, add some essential oil too if you want. Bring a book with you, light a candle, relax as much as you can. Showers are good if a bath is not an option, if you don’t have a bathtub or if it’s very small you have to go with what works. If you belong to a gym or have an available whirlpool tub take advantage of that!

2) Layers-

Remember being told to layer clothes? For many of us clothing can hurt or itch, so be smart. Bras hurt me so I have started wearing these cute little nylon sleep bras, they offer just enough support without pain, they are about $5 each so I have a few, I throw them in the shower or bath with me. Soft t-shirts, flannel, silk, and brushed cotton are all good choices for tops. I like a t-shirt or cami and another shirt, plus sometimes a cardigan. I am 46 after all and get hot too, so I like to have something I can take off.  For the bottom half try fleece leggings, I love mine, I wish I had 6 pairs! Sweatpants and yoga pants are great options, try silk long underwear when it is very cold. Don’t forget socks and slippers! Fuzzy socks are always nice, and nice cozy slippers can change how you feel about winter in general.

3) Fire it up-

If you have a fireplace use it, especially if you live in a humid area, that cold damp stuff seeps into your joints, a nice fire dries the air, heats the room, and just makes you feel cozy. If a fireplace is beyond you at least light a candle, the small flame has the same effect on a smaller scale, still helps you feel warm and cozy.

4) Gloves-

Stretchy gloves are less than $1/pair, buy a few because some get lost, keep some in every coat, jacket, and a spare pair in the car. Wear them whenever you are outside, for driving, walking, shopping, even checking your mail, you can wear 2 pairs and they are still softer and more flexible than many expensive options. When you are warm it is much easier to STAY warm than to GET warm when you are cold. While we’re on the subject, wear a hat, a real hat, not earmuffs or a headband, or even a seed cap. Invest in a proper knitted cap and wear it. Heat really does escape through your bare head.

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5) Don’t shovel-

Just don’t. If you don’t have a partner or child to do it, hire a neighborhood kid, if you can’t afford that call a local church. It is not worth the pain, suck it up and accept help.

6) Ice Ice Baby-

Many of us walk with a cane, last winter mine was slipping on ice so I stopped using it, my Dr. was angry after I confessed to falling and crawling on my knees to a tree so I could get up so he wrote me a Rx for an ice spike, it clips to your cane and is easy to flip up and down with a foot or hand, if your insurance won’t cover it they are less than $10 on a popular auction site and a great investment.

7) Warm it up-

Cold drinks help your body warm naturally, so drink your water, but coffee, tea, and cocoa are comforting on a cold day. Bubbling soups, stews, and casseroles are warming from the inside out. Oatmeal is a delicious, healthy warming breakfast, as are eggs or toast. Think warming spices that improve circulation and warm you like cinnamon, ginger, cayenne, and peppers.

8) Blankies-

Soft throws are less irritating to the skin than heavy blankets. Flannel, microfiber or brushed cotton, and t-shirt sheets are amazing, soft and comfortable.  Throws are nice in a favorite chair, couch, or on a car trip. If you can’t afford a new comfortable mattress invest in a good mattress pad. Just a hint, I could not afford the one I wanted so I bought a cheaper one, later I bought a step higher in comfort, I use them together, and it is lovely.

Weather is going to be hard on us, we have a strange disease, many of us have to educate our healthcare providers. Stay inside on bad days. Do the best you can. Take your supplements and medications, especially the ones that help with inflammation, complain to your friends that also have the disease. We will get through this, and milder weather will return.  Love & hugs…. Mama

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Chronic disease

12 Celebrities Who Have Severe Illnesses

12 Celebrities Who Have Severe Illnesses

12 Celebrities Who Have Severe Illnesses

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We often look up to celebs to the point that there are no longer viewed as human but the truth is they are just like the rest of us; And just as with many things in life, chronic diseases do not discriminate against the rich and famous. The 12 celebrities on this list courageously fight with health challenges they face everyday.

12 Celebrities Who Have Severe Illnesses

Tony Braxton

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The Grammy Award winning singer was diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), a potentially life-threatening inflammatory disease at only 15 years of age. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that may affect many parts of the body, such as skin, heart, kidneys, lungs, joints and nervous system. Her brother also suffers from this condition. Her uncle has already lost his life from this brutal disease.

Lupus What’s it? Signs and Symptoms

Prince

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The famous singer has suffered from seizures since he was was a child. He revealed in a 2009 interview, that he was born with epilepsy and that his “mother and father didn’t know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had.”

10 Things You Should Know About Epilepsy

Alec Baldwin

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Alec Baldwin announced his suffering from chronic lyme disease in 2011 when speaking to the New York Times. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that can be spread through the bite of a tick. Talk to your doctor if you think a tick may have bitten you.

Natural Cure For Lyme Disease

Morgan Freeman

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Freeman went public with his diagnosis of fibromyalgia in 2013. His symptoms include “excruciating pain up and down the arm.” Fibromyalgia is a condition in which a person has chronic pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other tissues. Between 3-6 million people in the United States alone suffer from Fibromyalgia, and doctors are still not sure what causes it.

Fibromyalgia Causes and Treatments

Cher

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The famous single was diagnosed with Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)/chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in 1991. ME/CFS is a severe illness that refers to severe, continued tiredness that is not relieved by rest and is not directly caused by other medical conditions. This condition can lead to symptoms that affect the brain and gastrointestinal, immune, and cardiac systems.

How To Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally

Tom Hanks

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The famous Hollywood actor, producer and writer has been living with diabetes type 2 since the age of 36. Type 2 diabetes usually shows up in adults. In this more common type of diabetes the body’s sugar and insulin levels are out of normal range. You may be producing excessive insulin because your body has developed a resistance to it, or the insulin is not getting to the places where it’s most needed to deal with blood sugar.

Diabetes Symptoms and Treatments

Catherine Zeta Jones

Catherine Zeta Jones

The Welsh actress who has won Academy, Screen Actors and BAFTA awards suffers from bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a brain disorder marked by bouts of extreme and impairing changes in mood, thinking, and behavior.

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In April 2011, Catherine checking herself into Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut and sought treatment for bipolar II disorder.

Bipolar Disorder Signs and Symptoms

Jack Osborne

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Best known as the son of Black Sabbath rocker, Ozzy Osborne, Jack announced in June 2012, that he had been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis, more commonly known as MS, is a central nervous system disease that impacts the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. MS may be severe or mild. In severe cases of MS the patient might become paralyzed while in mild cases limbs may become numb.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Lil Wayne

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The rapper was diagnosed with epilepsy and hospitalized for close to a week after three consecutive seizures. The attacks come on without any warning: “No warning, no nothing I don’t feel sick. I get headaches real bad. And the headaches? I didn’t get no headaches or nothing,” he told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway in May. “I go to sleep and wake up in the hospital. I don’t feel anything.”

10 Things You Should Know About Epilepsy

Robin Roberts

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The Good Morning America co-anchor was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood-related disorder in 2012. This chronic disease affects the production of some forms of blood cells, known as myeloid cells.

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian was diagnosed with psoriasis in 2011. Psoriasis is a common skin disease that affects the life cycle of skin cells. Psoriasis causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin, forming thick silvery scales and itchy, dry, red patches that are sometimes painful. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, psoriasis affects 7.5 million people in the United States alone.

LeAnn Rimes (Two-time Grammy-winning singer) and CariDee English (winner of America’s Next Top Model) are other celebrities who suffer from this condition.

9 Natural treatments for Psoriasis

Halle Berry

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At the young age of 22, Hollywood star Halle Berry was diagnosed with diabetes and even went into a diabetic coma for a week.

“Diabetes caught me completely off guard,” she says.
“None of my family had suffered from the illness and although I was slightly overweight in school, I thought I was pretty healthy.”

Diabetes Symptoms and Treatments

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Chronic disease natural remedies

How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally

How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally

How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally

how-to-treat-chronic-fatigue-naturallyFBThere is a problem in today’s society’s rhythm that we haven’t realized yet, our lifestyles compared to our ancestors have changed, but our bodies haven’t and that’s why a large portion of our population is feeling tired and stressed out, causing chronic fatigue.

This might be caused physiological by a block of the adrenal glands, caused mainly by excessive stress, nutritional deficiencies, stimulants and toxic metals and chemicals often play a large role in adrenal burnout, among many other reasons.

Adrenal glands play a significant role in the body, secreting more than 50 essential hormones necessary for life, which are responsible for many of the functions we need to stay alive and healthy, such as: Energy production – carbohydrate, protein and fat conversion to blood glucose for energy, fluid and electrolyte balance and fat storage.

how to treat chronic fatigue

Chronic fatigue can be presented in many ways such as: Morning fatigue, feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking from 2 to 4 p.m., burst of energy at 6 p.m., cravings for foods high in salt and fat, increased PMS or menopausal symptoms, mild depression, lack of energy, decreased ability to handle stress, muscular weakness, increased allergies, decreased $ex drive and frequent sighing among others.

How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally

So, how can we treat this without the need of more chemical and artificial products? Very simple, if are completely willing to, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder such as:

• Adopting a natural whole-foods diet
• Avoiding junk food
• Drinking high quality water, not from the tap. Distilled or spring waters are best
• Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day through juicing, making smoothies or adding them to your meals.
• Avoiding white flour and other processed grains
• Adding Himalayan salt to your diet, replacing your table salt
• Taking high quality fish oils
• Adding licorice root extract and kelp to your diet
• Doing a detox and using a sauna
• Replacing toxic chemical products used around the house with non-toxic alternatives
• Spending some time in the sun each day
• Doing something fun each day
• Getting lots of rest
• Laughing
• Exercising
• Minimizing stress
• Taking negative people out of your life

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How to Treat Chronic Fatigue Naturally
[Last Updated on June 4th 2014]