First two posts in this mini series on stress responses and pain Getting to know your Fight, Flight and Freeze responseFibromyalgia and the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response So from my first post, we are aware our Fight/Flight/Freeze response is triggered from a perceived threat. And it is good to be aware of what these stress responses are … Continue reading Ways to calm your fight or flight response
The two other posts in Mini-Series: Getting to know your Fight, Flight and Freeze responseWays to calm your fight or flight response I was curious what sort of research there was on Fibromyalgia and our automatic nervous system (ANS) triggering the Fight, Flight or Freeze response. My curiosity comes from the fact that some symptoms … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and the Fight-Flight-Freeze Response
Due to the pandemic, it has been 2 years since I have gone to the dentist. Not good. So I finally went. 9 cavities later. Sigh. Anyway, fibromyalgia can cause some dental and mouth issues. TMJ/Bruxism One of the most common comorbid issues we have with fibromyalgia is TMJ and Bruxism. I have pretty severe … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and dental issues
When it comes to fibromyalgia and stigma in the medical community I have felt this influence several times in my life. And likely experienced in ways I Wasn't aware of consciously as well. Before I was diagnosed and having issues coping with pain I went to a doctor who then insisted I was 'just depressed'. … Continue reading What are the factors to medical stigma for women with fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia fatigue is the second rated major symptom of fibromyalgia behind pain and can be more impactful than the pain itself at times. Fatigue, like pain, varies day to day, month to month. It is a heavy constant state of weariness and lack of energy as well as mental fatigue that is immensely hard to … Continue reading Fibromyalgia fatigue: hitting the wall
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a long time ago. I just turned 44 and I was diagnosed around 20 by a rheumatologist. He said I was 'too young for medication' told me to 'exercise' and sent me on my way. He didn't specify what sort of exercise and exercise for chronic pain isn't the sort … Continue reading What I wish I’d known about Fibromyalgia when I was diagnosed