Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Posted by Connie on Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 12:42 am and is filed under Health Information, Prescription Medications, Support Group.
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Is it possible to get pain relief when you have Fibromyalgia? I wondered that when I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Finally I had an answer to why I hurt so much all of the time, but my next question to my rheumatologist was, “Can you cure me?” I guess he was used to hearing this quite often, so he  explained that he could help me relieve the pain, but that there is no cure to this disease.

He uses various forms of Fibromyalgia Treatments, but first he had to know more about the pain I had and other symptoms. Because I have other medical conditions, he had to take those into consideration with his treatment too. He asked me detailed questions about where I felt pain in my body and the type of pain and when I had it. He asked about headaches, memory problems, feelings of sadness or anxiety and stomach issues.

He also took blood work to test for autoimmune diseases, arthritis and to check my blood count, etc. My treatment wasn’t decided upon in one day, or even one year. He treats me depending on how my symptoms act up and if there are any changes.

Basically though, my pain relief comes in the form of prescription medications and trigger point injections. My doctor also recommends stretching and other mild forms of exercise, relieving stress, and joining a support group.  He had prescribed pain medication in the past, but I no longer use it. I’d rather be alert and feel some pain, than feel drugged and not be able to enjoy my life.

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Chronic Babe Forum

Posted by Connie on Sunday, January 30th, 2011 at 8:18 pm and is filed under Chronic Illness, Support Group.
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You don’t need to be a babe in the literal sense to join the Chronic Babe Forum. I’m a member if that’s any proof! If you have a chronic illness or are waiting for a diagnosis, this forum is for you.

Jenni Prokopy, the founder and editrix of also runs the Chronic Babe Forum. Get to know Jenni on Twitter as @ChronicBabe and see why she’s so awesome at being an advocate for those of us with health issues. And that’s what her forum is all about too – advocacy with a lot of humor.

You’ll find over 850 members at the Chronic Babe Forum and lots of groups. There’s groups for individual illnesses, hobbies, being social online and off and more. Yes, there’s a group for bloggers! You can find information about blog carnivals, blogs to follow and subjects to write about. Feel free to ask a question and a member is willing to help out.

Visit ChronicBabe Forum

There’s a chat function that only members can take part in. So if you’re having a bad day and need to get in a better frame of mind, or just want to say hi, go ahead and talk online. I always feel welcome at the Chronic Babe Forum because the members understand what I’m going through. You won’t get advice unless you ask for it. You’ll be treated like a person not your disease. I’m often uplifted from a quick visit.

I think of the Chronic Babe Forum as an online support group with the intent of giving those of us with chronic illnesses the tools we need to make our lives better. Hanging out with positive people is the key!

Weight Loss Surgery Success

Posted by Connie on Sunday, November 14th, 2010 at 10:18 pm and is filed under Health Information, Support Group.
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Weight loss surgery success is based on reaching a normal Body Mass Index (BMI) and the amount of time the BMI is maintained. There are a number of  factors that determine success. One is the type of surgery used, including gastric banding (LAP-BAND and REALIZE), sleeve gastrectomy, Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass) and Biliopancreatic diversion. Next is not maintaining the eating plan your surgeon prescribes for you. Some patients do not start or continue with a physical exercise program.

Determining the right weight loss surgery for you is not a process to be taken lightly. Before you even consider surgery, look at what the National Institutes of Health guidelines are for this type of surgery:

  • BMI of patient is 40 or higher (morbidly obese), or
  • BMI of patient is between 35 – 40 with obesity comorbidities

You’ll need to discuss this with your doctor or surgeon first and then see if your health insurance will cover your surgery. Your surgeon will go over the different types of surgeries in detail, his or her preferences and what you feel most comfortable with. Often patients attend seminars or look for support groups to get advice. Learning as much as you can is important and feeling comfortable with your surgeon and staff is paramount.

Patients may have to deal with emotional eating, or the belief that they can eat anything because of their surgery. This is a behavioral eating issue. A therapist or support group is usually the way to deal with this type of issue. Sometimes this is a deep routed issue that can cause a patient to gain back all or most of the weight lost after  bariatric surgery.

Some patients have not been physically active because of being obese prior to their surgery. Beginning and maintaining some type of exercise program can be difficult for that reason, but it is important to keep the weight off.  Again, a support group, even if it’s not a post-weight loss surgery group, can be the answer.

Maintaining weight loss after surgery can be made easier by choosing the right surgery for you, by following the eating plan recommended by your doctor and by taking part in a physical exercise program.

How To Cope With A New Diagnosis

Posted by Connie on Monday, June 7th, 2010 at 4:56 pm and is filed under Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Illness, Support Group.
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It’s difficult to cope with a new diagnosis, especially if you have a serious health issues already or a list of chronic illnesses to live with. I’ve recently had a new diagnosis of narrow angle glaucoma and it felt like my body was waging war against me.

Acknowledge Your Feelings

Because getting a new diagnosis can cause us to grieve, we may go into a state of denial. That’s when your support system can come into play especially if you need immediate medical treatment. Once this has passed, go along with your feelings which may run the gamut from anger to fear. I played the pity party for a while because I did not want another thing wrong with my body. I was sad and angry. My family and close friends let me cry and yell and stay alone for a while. Then they were sure that I got to my appointments and followed the doctor’s orders to save my eyesight.

Share With Others

There’s no need to tell everyone you know right at first, or even tell anyone at all. Soon, though talking about it with those closest to you can have a big impact on how you deal with your diagnosis. You probably know the people that will say the right things, be there for you and kick your butt when you need it. I told my husband immediately because I didn’t know if I would be able to make the drive home from the doctor’s office without hearing his voice. Then I shared it with just a few people. When I was feeling more confident after learning more about this type of glaucoma, I wrote about it on my blog.

Support groups specifically for the new medical condition may be helpful. You can find them online and sometimes in person. If this is a long term condition, consider joining an organization that your doctor or support group recommends so you can keep up with the latest information.

Get ‘Er Done

Even if you are still depressed, angry or wanting to advance medical science by 100 years, get treated, get tested, take the medicine you need and do what you can to get better or live with the new diagnosis. It’s not going to be fun, but your life is worthwhile.

If you feel too depressed to make a move, call in the ranks of your support group, tell your doctor or see a counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist. Please promise me that you’ll get help.

Don’t Be A Hero

If this new medial condition causes pain, the new medicine is making you feel sicker, you don’t like the treatment center, etc. tell your doctor. Don’t suck it up. You’re going through a lot right now and you have every right to feel as comfortable as possible.

It’s Not Yours

I never take ownership of the chronic illnesses that I have. You won’t hear me say, “My Sjogren’s Disease is making my eyes dry.” Instead, “That damn Sjogren’s Disease is making my eyes feel like crud.” The medical condition doesn’t have me. I can accept it, but not like it. Try your best not to let your medical condition run your life. It will be hard at first when you’re newly diagnosed, but as time goes on it will become a part of your life and not your life.

There’s still some anger, sadness, even depression and anxiety, but I get help when I need it and I fight when I have the energy. If that’s your style, make that your goal. If you have a different way of coping with a new diagnosis, then find it and go for it.

Online Health Support Forum

Posted by Connie on Sunday, May 9th, 2010 at 12:29 am and is filed under Health Information, Support Group.
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An online health support forum can be a blessing for people who can’t get out to attend support group meetings. If you have serious health problems finding support from a health forum can provide peace of mind. Just knowing that there are other people like you, going through the same things as you is a way to ease your mind.

For those diagnosed with cancer a cancer forum provides information about treatments and a means to feel positive and optimistic. Many people feel more comfortable opening up online than in person so they may let down their guard and discuss their true feelings. For people working on their health and eating healthy a nutrition forum is worthwhile. You can learn new recipes and even feel more accountable about what you’re eating.

Many people with health issues want to learn how to save money on their medications and treatments, so a health insurance forum can offer the information they need. Getting involved in an online health support forum can offer friendships, information and encouragement.

With everything in life being prepared will help when things get harder to deal with. Health Insurance for individuals with pre existing conditions can be hard to find, but still having insurance will make sure you are ready no matter what happens!

Stress Free Holidays

Posted by Connie on Saturday, September 19th, 2009 at 3:16 am and is filed under Loving Life, Shopping, Support Group.
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I just joined a group to help us prepare for Christmas. We are going to share idea on how to have a stress free holiday season. Last year Christmas was very rushed and things were done at the last minute. I ended up getting very sick because of feeling so uneasy. For the first time in years I didn’t have a home made Christmas Eve dinner and I didn’t send out Christmas cards.


Cards are very important to me because I only have my mother and aunt living close by. Finding just the right photo holiday cards tops off my Christmas to do list. At there are so many bright and cheery cards to chose from. I was able to find both religious and Santa cards, my favorites. It’s easy to upload your photo and find what you want by category as well as folded or flat cards.

I’ll be sharing this with the group so we can get one of our to do items checked off the list and feel the stress release too.

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