Inspirational Fibromyalgia Quotes

Inspirational Fibromyalgia Quotes

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Inspirational Fibromyalgia Awareness

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Strength, Courage and Hope

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A New Day Of Hope

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With Hope We Can Persevere

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Never Give Up. Never Surrender

Princes Purple Pain: The Controversy of Drugs and Chronic Pain

Princes Purple Pain: The Controversy of Drugs and Chronic Pain

The Side Effects Of Invisible Chronic Pain Illness

What comes first, the  chicken or the egg? While the world mourns the passing of the great singer and songwriter Prince, many have tried to use his name as the face of chronic pain by declaring that it was chronic pain that killed him. Technically, is was drug overdose that killed Prince. Thus, herein lies the controversy. He had chronic pain and, for whatever reason, he didn’t get proper medical care. Prince, like countless others, managed his chronic pain by himself.
When it comes to managing chronic pain, countless people go without proper medical care and medicate themselves.  This creates a public health crisis and puts peoples lives in jeopardy. Since chronic pain is one of those invisible illnesses, it often get’s overlooked by the medical establishment and the public. For that reason, many people aware of the problems of chronic pain are trying to use Prince’s sad death to draw the public eye on a very serious problem, chronic pain.
There are many people who shrug off the death of Prince as a typical drug related celebrity death. In this case, they are wrong. Prince did have chronic pain. It is said by those who knew Prince that he had hip pain that warranted surgery, the surgery was unsuccessful and made his pain worse. I don’t know why he was self medicating and so I won’t judge his use of narcotics to manage his pain.
I have chronic pain in the name of fibromyalgia and arthritis both. Narcotics are a part of my medical treatment plan under a competent medical doctor. I know that narcotics help manage pain. One of my biggest pain points are both hips. I can relate to the pain felt by Prince.
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When the world lost Robin Williams to suicide, countless millions were exposed to the sad reality of mental health issues. While his passing was tragic for the world, we all learned more about the reality of mental health issues. That alone was a tribute to Robin Williams.
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As the world mourns the loss of a great talent like Prince, let us use this time to learn much more about the sad reality of chronic pain as our tribute to him. If some good can come from his passing, let it be in the form of increased awareness and understanding of chronic pain.
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If people understand the reality of chronic pain and its legitimacy as a medical issue they may be more willing to support those with chronic pain and take the cloak of invisibility away from this medical issue.
Some of the many behaviors that could end the life of chronic pain patients are suicide and self medication. Self medication will almost certainly lead to addiction and associated with addiction is criminal behavior and the very real possibility of overdosing.
Because so many in society, including many medical doctors don’t understand chronic pain and how to manage it they won’t treat it. Ignoring it leads desperate people to self medicate. When people turn to illegal drugs and alcohol it becomes society’s problem with impaired driving and an increase in the crime rate.
Chronic pain is invisible like the wind. You can’t see the wind, but you can feel it. Most people don’t care about the wind until they see or experience the devastation that can come from the wind. In this case, we see the devastation of chronic pain through the death of Prince.
Robin Williams hid his mental health issues behind a big smile. Prince hid his chronic pain behind his active lifestyle that was made possible by the use of narcotics. If he had his medicine managed by a competent and intelligent medical doctor, he may still be with us with more music to write.
So let us become more aware of chronic pain as a society. Let’s insist that our medical community takes invisible chronic pain more serious. Insist that medical schools educate our health care professionals better, push to find better treatments for the many chronic pain conditions.  Let’s tell the government to leave health care management to the doctors and not tie their hands with worthless and needless regulations.
While Prince’s death is tragic for the world, let us honor him, like the world honored Robin Williams. When Robin William’s passed away we learned more about the devastating effects of mental health. With Prince’s passing, let’s honor his memory by learning more about the seriousness and danger of chronic pain. Perhaps, by doing so, we can prevent needless overdoses and suicides. Hopefully, if we look past Princes overdose, we can look to what motivated Prince to over medicate and understand the devastating effects of chronic pain that affect millions of people, we can avoid other suicides of people that no one knows about but are no less important.
Troy Wagstaff

Fibromyalgia Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

Fibromyalgia Is Like A Box Of Chocolates

Borrowing a famous line from the greatest movie Forrest Gump, “my momma always said, life was like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re going to get.”
If you have fibromyalgia, you know that like a box of chocolate, you never know with fibromyalgia what you’re going to get. Of course, we all know that with fibromyalgia comes chronic widespread pain, we know that it is a Central Nervous System disorder and we know that at the present time, there is no known cure. But that is where the certainties of fibromyalgia stop.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are vast and by some counts include over seventy symptoms. If you are recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia you are in for a long ride to discover what other symptoms you’re going to have. Once you find a way to manage the chronic pain you might notice, many more issues that are common with fibro like insomnia, fibro fog and many more.
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With a nice big box of assorted chocolates you get a nice assortment to experience. At least you have a choice, do I buy this box of chocolates or not? You don’t have a choice with Fibromyalgia.
I made my own box of assorted chocolate to illustrate a point. That’s the beauty of assorted chocolates now days. They have web sites where you can customize what you want inn a box of chocolates, but there is no choice which fibro symptoms you get. You can’t customize your symptoms on a web site. Even if you could, what would you want to select?
Whereas with a box of chocolate, you might get a Milk Chocolate Almond, with fibro you might get depressed. You could get a Milk Butter Cream, or with fibro you might get fibro fog. If you’re lucky you could get a Milk Walnut but with fibromyalgia you could get fatigue. The Milk Pecan Bud is nice, but with your box of fibromyalgia you get may get Fibrocystic breasts.
For me no box of assorted chocolates would be complete without some dark chocolate like a Dark Almond. With fibromyalgia you might get chronic hip pain, I hate that one, probably the most.  Dark Walnut is nice, but Foot Stiffness or Foot Pain is terrible. I love Dark Peanut but I hate the headaches and sleep disorders. I like Raspberry Truffles, they’re very rich, but one in a box is good.  Muscle  Twitches and Spasms are bad and I hate them both.
What’s ironic using this interesting comparison about fibromyalgia and boxes of assorted chocolates is that another symptom of fibromyalgia is cravings for carbohydrates and chocolate.
This article, I hope amuses you just a little, maybe if I am lucky the corners of your lips turned up just a bit. But it’s hard to be amused my fibromyalgia and its scores of additional symptoms as if the chronic widespread pain is not enough. For the most complete list of symptoms that I know about, go to Fibro Symptoms.
Troy Wagstaff

WHAT IS THE WORST DISEASE TO LIVE WITH REGARDS TO PAIN?

WHAT IS THE WORST DISEASE TO LIVE WITH REGARDS TO PAIN?

I can’t speak to all serious diseases, but I can give you all a real story that compares some of the  worst, most painful illnesses known to mankind.
what_dieaseMy dear sweet wife came down with colon cancer. It almost killed her before it was accurately diagnosed. They looked at her age around thirty-eight to thirty-nine years old, and disregarded the symptoms that would point them to a grapefruit size tumor in her transverse colon. They detected a blockage which they could not get rid of. Finally a diligent gastroenterologist detected it. We demanded emergency surgery to remove it and we took an aggressive approach to fighting the cancer. That and a lot of prayers on our behalf beat it.
The tumor was remarkably painful, typically the pain danced between an eight to a ten on the pain scale. Then the recovery from surgery was very painful and the chemotherapy was very painful. But she survived. It has been about twelve or thirteen years ago and she is doing great.
Shortly after her recovery, she came down with neuropathy in her feet and toes. That was painful but manageable. I  finally got a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I was finally seeing a great pain specialist, Dr. George. I was, somewhat managing my pain. No fibro pain can be completely removed as those with fibro can attest to.
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Then, a while after my initial fibro episode, my wife was diagnosed with Breast cancer that has metastasized into her armpit. We elected a full mastectomy. She survived a very painful recovery and very painful chemo treatments. She had surgery, then chemo followed by radiation therapy. She was at a stage three. It’s been eight or nine years since that fight with cancer. Twice a cancer victim, twice a cancer survivor.
A while after finishing her fight with breast cancer, we were talking about our painful moments with our respective seriously painful illnesses. She made a comment that really surprised me. Keep in mind that throughout her whole life, her greatest fear was cancer. Her comment was, “I think I would choose cancer over fibromyalgia. With cancer there is light at the end of the tunnel. You live or you die. The pain eventually goes away. But with fibromyalgia, there is no hope, no light at the end of the tunnel.”
Her comment really surprised me. She really grasped the never-ending painful torment of fibromyalgia pain.
So what is the worst pain related illness out there. I can’t say with absolute certainty, but I can say the fibromyalgia is one of the most common illnesses listed under chronic pain.
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Do People Really Live this Early in the Morning?

Do People Really Live this Early in the Morning?

Insomnia is a big problem for many of us who have chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia or chronic pain. For many different reasons we have trouble sleeping. I don’t know about you champions, but before Fibro was officially diagnosed I was an early to bed early to rise kind of guy. Now that I have insomnia, I go to bed late and get up late, most of the time.

When life demands that I wake up early, about fifty percent of the time I can take my MEDs and I can get to bed in time to accommodate an early rise. This morning was one of those days when I got decent sleep in spite four or five interruptions.

how_fibro_changed_me_1I woke up at 8:15 a.m. to take my daughter to work at 9:00 a.m. I had enough time to take my pain MEDs and to rest my back on my heating pad for at least a half hour.

We left at 8:48 a.m. We saw a perky thirty-something woman jogging and wondered how someone could be out so early and be so perky and be jogging all at the same time. My daughter has developed bad sleeping habits along with me and my wife as she grew up. So this is early for her.

We live in a small town and on main street, the main thorough-fare, there were tons of cars on both sides of the road. That’s awfully early for this many people to be out and driving around on a Saturday. It was now 8:52 a.m.

As Kate and I were talking, on the way to the salon, I was reminiscing about the days when I used to go to work as someone else’s employee. I would be at my desk and working by eight in the morning. I realized I would wake up about an hour early to be ready for work. When I started a longer commute I woke up another hour and a half earlier to get ready to get to the bus or train. The last time I did that was about February 2002. I worked for myself for several years before my official diagnosis of fibromyalgia and then later becoming disabled.

As I reflected on that memory on my way home, by now it was 9:04 a.m., I realized how much fibromyalgia has affected my life. All these years later, eight in the morning is sleeping time. When millions of people are hard at work, I am sleeping or just waking up. Sadly, this is just another example of how fibro has, without my consent, changed the way I am forced to live my life.

Inspirational Quotes To Validate Those With Fibromyalgia

Inspirational Quotes To Validate Those With Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue.

 

These memes that promote fibro awareness and support for Chronic pain and chronic fatigue are just some of the countless memes on that subject located on a FaceBook group called FibroChampionsBlog at https://www.facebook.com/groups/FibroChampionsBlog

 

These memes are designed to validate those who suffer from the chronic nature of fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and any other chronic illnesses the have pain or fatigue as a major symptom.

 

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FibroChampions means anyone with chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other chronic illness where chronic fatigue or pain is part of the symptomology. NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SURRENDER!

 

 


 

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Foolish Republicans

Foolish Republicans

American’s had finally admitted that they had had enough of President Obama when they elected a majority of Republicans to Congress in the 2014. In the Senate, the Republicans picked up eight seats, giving them a majority. In the House of Representatives, where the Republicans already had a majority, they picked up an additional thirteen seats.

Typically, the midterm elections represent Americans views on the President’s performance of the last two years. Despite the apathetic turnout in 2014, Americans still managed to send a message to President Obama. We want change. We want something new, we want results. The status quo is no longer acceptable.

America had spoken. They sent enough Republicans to Congress to have a majority in both houses. It was a time for a change.

The Republicans failed America. Foolish Republicans. They had a chance to show America, they had a better plan, but failed to deliver. Not only that, but the Republicans set in place an even greater anti establishment fervor that has pervaded this election cycle.

At the beginning of this election cycle, the Presidency was the Republicans to lose. No one thought Hillary could win against Republican rival because they were tired of the mess that a Democratic President had made without the oversight and supervision of Congress.

foolish_republicansDonald Trump made a brilliant move getting into this election cycle running for the Republican Presidential nomination on an anti establishment platform. In the beginning Trump was building up the Republican party by getting Democrats to vote for him in various primary elections. For the first time in a long time, maybe not since Ronald Regan, someone was building up the party rather than running people out.

Donald Trump’s message about the current establishment resonated in the hearts and minds of Americans, but not the Republican power brokers. The Republican power brokers decide they don’t like Trump and spent millions of dollars on an anti Trump campaign to tear him down, rather than channel those millions in favor of a candidate they like, stimulating quality debate about the issues. So now Trump is on the verge of declining in public opinion polls and the Republican Nominating Convention is on the verge of being contested or brokered against the will of the Republican voters.

If this happens, it will not only disenfranchise Republican voters, but reduce the overall size of the republican party. That would give the election to the democrats.

However, if the Democratic Nominating Convention is also brokered, then the campaign may be more evenly matched while showing America on both sides of the isle that their vote doesn’t matter.

But if the Democrats respect their voters’ wishes and don’t broker their convention, they will win, whoever their nominee is. Foolish Republicans.

If the foolish Republicans continue on their current path of self destruction, they will not only lose countless party members, but lose the election that in many minds was theirs to lose.

Troy Wagstaff

P.S.

I am not endorsing any candidate, just pointing the foolishness of the current Republicans.

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