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  • I suffer from Fibromyalgia. This painting is me, suffering. The grey blue represents the exhaustion and depression that is linked with it. The red is pain, the daggers at the side are also pain.

    Symptoms include joint pain and general pain, tiredness, IBS, a bad smell. When it gets worse, I got miofascial when I hurt ALL over, not just the area of the joints and then chronic fatigue symptoms.

    The good news is that my fibromyalgia has been improving. I still have flare-ups, but at my worst, I am usually better now than I used to be at my best, although I still feel depressed by the whole cycle.

    Here is what I think has helped me:

    1)Sleeping better. I got a CPAP machine with which I have a love-hate relationship. I still have insomnia and my fibro is worse on my insomnia days.
    2)Eating better: it may be different for different people, but I have to avoid SOY, DAIRY, SUGAR, white flour and keep legumes (beans etc) to a minimum, especially SEED legumes (as opposed to green ones).
    3)Exercising regularly really helps me! I walk and do stretching exercises. I move around. If I sit too long or do anything else too long, I stiffen up--I think this is part of what gives me insomnia.

    Notes: sprouted from a story by Diane Jardel that was sprouted from yet another story. I did not mean to publish this many stories in ONE DAY! But three of the four are sprouts from other stories I read.

    Note: I will be away from June 30-July 19 and probably incommunicado. (Unable to post stories,) If there were a way to post ahead or back, I might do that, as during the time my computer was being repaired, I wrote a lot of stories for Cowbird that I did not (could not) post. But I can't post them all at once, either.
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