Monday, April 14, 2014

Migraines and Magnesium

Though it is not highlighted as much as Gastrodin, scroll towards the bottom of the article, the bit about a link between magnesium and migraines. Yet more proof and studies in the efficacy. I take Ultra-Mag and it does help me relax and sleep at night as well as keep my migraines at bay.

Has anyone else found some relief with magnesium for their migraines?

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=18650&B1=EG021814

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Chart for Gluten Sensitivity Symptoms

The chart on this link is a pretty good resource for determining if you have a gluten sensitivity (I know I do.)


Monday, April 7, 2014

Gluten Free and Fibromyalgia

I AGREE! WIth this article, yes, I do not have Celiacs disease (allergy to gluten) but I know I DO have a SENSITIVITY to gluten! When I stay away from gluten, I feel better, less pain, less fatigue, more energy. I understand my tolerances, maybe something every couple of days, but even then yes, I do begin to feel the difference. And really, when i cut out breads, I don't miss them so much. And gluten free bread? Mighty tasty to me!  just wish I could bring it to the restaurants with me to substitute!

http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=18639&B1=EM021214F

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Vitamin D and Fibromyalgia

Most people, not just those with fibro, have low levels of vitamin D. I have always supplemented with vitamin D3, even though I live in sunny Florida. It was just recently that my doctor started checking my exact levels and he discovered that even with taking vitamins D3 supplements I was still on the absolute lower end of the spectrum! So he has up me to 5,000mcg a day. I do feel like I feel a bit better, less pain, more energy (a little.) I am curious now my next visit to see how much my levels have gone up. Real curious.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Celebrities with Fibromyalgia - Another List

This seems to be a new hot topic, Celebrities with Fibromylagia, I am seeing more and more stories n this topic. ProHealth has released a list of 10 celebrities who are struggling with fibro. I think we were familiar with most on the list already, but here is:

http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=18748&B1=EM021214F

Friday, March 28, 2014

Adrenal Fatigue? - An Online Conference Opportunity!

April 7th - April 24th, 2014, an Online Conference covering the many many topics of Adrenal Fatigue. Sign up now to receive the videos for a limited time via email for free. 

http://www.adrenalsummit.com/

I have researched this topic a lot. One of the major life disturbances since my fibromyalgia diagnosis has been extreme fatigue. Is this chronic fatigue? Is it due to fatigued adrenals? One doctor I saw had the adrenal fatigue theory, and I did try to adjust my diet and lifestyle accordingly, and it did seem to help.

I signed up for this online adrenal conference. I am a big fan of Sue Ingebretson (April 16th's presenter!) and I am looking forward to learning everything listed on this website.




Thursday, March 27, 2014

Top Diets Reviewed for 2014

The Best Diets of 2014 were recently reviewed and released. I have been sticking to a vegetarian/vegan diet since last September and I can say it def makes my fibro and fatigue better, and a little weight loss has also occurred along the way as well :) I am intrigued by the Mediterranean Diet, as it always seems to rank high and its pretty close to vegetarian but includes fish (which I enjoy.)

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showArticle.cfm?libid=18590&B1=EG012214

Is anyone familiar with the DASH diet? It seemed to rank highly this year in many categories...

Sunday, March 23, 2014

What Vitamins Should I Take?

When I first was diagnosed with fibromyalgia I did a LOT of research into vitamins and supplements that would help. It was daunting and time consuming. Dr. Weil has created a quick and easy online form for helping guide you to some recommended vitamins according to your lifestyle. While it may not tackle every detail, I took the quiz and I was surprised at how accurate and how much it aligns with what I currently take! Its a pretty good starting point if you are confused and overwhelmed by the vitamins aisle :)





Did you take the test? What did you think?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Gratitude Jar for 2014

This is a great article about gratitude and positivity and it effects on health. At the beginning of 2014 I started a Gratitude Jar for myself. Its in the kitchen, on the counter, with a pen and paper nearby. Whenever I feel a bit of gratitude I write it down and fold it up and put it in the jar. It makes me good to write it out, to acknowledge it, whether it is something big (I was able to afford new tires) or small (I made someone smile.) Sometimes I will take some out and read them to relive happiness :) But mostly it just makes me really appreciate things in life big and small. It even makes me see good in bad situations (oh well dating that guy didn't work out, but we had some good dates, and in the end I had good friends there to pick me up and cheer me up :)

I highly recommend a Gratitude Jar, Journal or the such.


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Living with Fibromyalgia - Tips


This is a great article I came across on ProHealth's website. One woman's challenges and victories in living with fibromyalgia. Its very well written and thorough, and I think everyone will find something they can relate to. 

I especially like to point out that of the 17 things she has said help her manage her fibromyalgia, only 1 involves medications. The rest are lifestyle adjustments. Scheduling recovery time and massages are very important to me as well. I have learned the hard way too often about those to ignore them now! 

(On a side note I am curious to learn more about the CFIDS/Fibromyalgia Self-Help course - has anyone else heard of this??)