Chronic Illness

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Articles, resources and tips for living with chronic illness, invisible illness or chronic pain

Kim  graceISsufficient.com | Chronic Illness Blogger | Fibromyalgia | CFS | Chronic Pain | Chronic illness
When you live with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia, one thing is certain -flare days will come. But, how you handle them can make all the difference in how bad they get and how long they last. Here's how I handle my fibro flare days to keep them short and as easy as possible. Signs Of Fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia Pain, Chronic Pain, Change Is Good, I Feel Good, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Illness, Fibro Flare, Not Drinking Enough Water

6 ways I shorten fibro flares

How I handle fibro flares. 6 tips for shortening fibro flare days so that they don't take over your life.

Living with chronic illness and pain is scary and unpredictable enough without fear of being attacked or taken advantage of. Taking the initiative to learn and practice self-defense will empower and increase your confidence. Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Easy Weight Loss Tips, Weight Loss Program, Personal Defense, Self Defense, Autoimmune Arthritis, Medical Coding

Self-Defense Suggestions for the Chronically Ill - The Disabled Diva's Blog

Self-defense product suggestions for the chronically ill. Devices and classes that will help them stay safe at home and on the go.

We can't expect others to predict our needs, we must communicate them. But, how do you communicate your varying needs, without adding stress, when you have chronic illness?

Communicating your needs when you have chronic illness

Chronic illness, varied energy levels, and Communicating your needs

Everyone's bodies react to noise, flashing or bright lights, smells, and chaos. But when you have Fibromyalgia your body can have a hard time processing this all at once which leads to overstimulation. We're unable to tune things out and our senses are bombarding our brains with info we can't handle. This also leads to allodynia and touch sensitivity that causes clothing to hurt, and the lightest touch to echo in our bodies.  #fibromyalgia #chronicpain #allodynia #overstimulation

How to cope with Fibromyalgia sensory overload | Chronic Mom

Sensory overload and allodynia and over-stimulation are quite common in people with chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

If you have a friend with chronic illness, chances are you don't want to make them feel worse. Yet, you may be making them feel worse without realizing it if you are doing any of these things. Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fun Events, Good People, Feel Better, No Worries, First Love

10 ways to make your chronically ill friend feel worse

Sometimes you think you are helping your chronically ill friend, but comments and actions like the ones described here are anything but helpful.

Celiac is not the only reason people react negatively to eating wheat and gluten. Even for those without celiac, gluten can cause damage to the stomach lining,changes in the microbiome, and immune reaction. Fibromyalgia Causes, Improve Gut Health, Ulcerative Colitis, Anti Inflammatory Diet, Celiac, Easy Cooking, Gluten Free Recipes, Feel Better, Breakfast Recipes

Non-celiac wheat sensitivity is real

Non-celiac wheat sensitivity is real and affects as many people as celiac. Study shows the internal affects of non-celiac wheat sensitivity.

Living with chronic illness can come with depression, and feelings of guilt and shame. But at the end of the day, you are enough just as you are #chronicillness #depression #guilt  #mentalhealth

When you have a chronic illness you are enough | Chronic Mom

Guest post by Megan Clark Neville: Megan Clark Neville worked as a children's librarian at a public library for three years. She published a chapter on Summer

One of the biggest problems people with invisible illnesses face: who do you trust more, doctors and test results or ourselves? Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Feeling Great, Feel Good, Learning To Trust, Do You Believe, Invisible Illness, 30 Years Old

Learning to trust yourself in the face of chronic illness

It can be difficult to trust yourself when you have chronic illness and doctors are saying something different than your body is telling you. Who do you believe?

Chronic illness doesn't make you a failure. Success has different definitions for different people. You can choose your definition and chronic illness does not need to play a part in that definition. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Autoimmune Disease Awareness, Lyme Disease, Feeling Like A Failure, How Are You Feeling, Fibromyalgia Causes, What Is Your Goal

You are not a failure

Chronic illness doesn't make you a failure. Success has different definitions for different people. You can choose your definition and chronic illness does not need to play a part in that definition.

Because of Covid 19 it's been a challenging few months for everyone. We've all had to confront difficult issues, whether they be financial, emotional, or physical. What I try to remember as my pain levels have risen from stress it that I am called to be brave. #chronicpain #covid19 #mentalhealth #painawareness

Pain awareness and being called to be brave | Chronic Mom

We've all had to confront issues that are challenging lately, whether they be financial, emotional, or physical.I reminded myself that I am called to be brave.

8 natural treatments for insomnia that I've personally tried. How well they helped and which ones I recommend. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Sleep Well, How To Get Sleep, Help Me Fall Asleep, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Sleep Supplements

Natural Treatments for Insomnia

8 naturals ways you can get sleep naturally. Insomnia is one of the most common ailments in the world. But, you can fight back and get a good night's sleep naturally. I've tried all of these with varying levels of success.

There are three things those of us living with chronic pain need more than anything else - acknowledgement, empathy, and understanding. Yet, too often these are the things are lacking most. Fibromyalgia Causes, Chronic Migraines, Endometriosis, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Spoon Theory, Anxiety Panic Attacks, Life Happens, Invisible Illness

Empathy & Understanding

How do you honor someone's pain, How do you show them empathy and understanding? Simply acknowledge that their pain is real.

It's often when we need help the most that it becomes the most difficult to ask for help, and yet that's when asking is the most important for both meeting your needs and building your relationship. Ask For Help, Help Me, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Invisible Illness, We Need, Told You So, Journey, Relationship

The importance of asking for help

The importance of asking for help. It's often when we need help the most that it becomes the most difficult to ask for help, and yet that's when asking is the most important for both meeting your needs and building your relationship.

Studies show that women experience more pain then men, but they get less treatment for it #chronicpain #opioidcrisis #sexism Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Illness, Chronic Pain, Endometriosis, Fibromyalgia, Interstitial Cystitis, Crps, Invisible Illness, Autoimmune

Medical sexism- How doctors ignore women's pain | Chronic Mom

Women experience more pain then men, but they actually get less treatment for it.

Those who are healthy will never fully understand what it's like to live with chronic illness. These are just 6 of the things that those of us living with chronic illness wish they would understand. Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Fatigue, Autoimmune Disease, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Meds, Chronic Illness Quotes, Fatigue Syndrome, Crps

6 Things the Chronically Ill Wish Healthy People Could Understand

Although, we'd never wish our illness on anyone, there are many things that we wish healthy people could understand.