Fibromyalgia Awareness Month: Days 3 to 7

Day 3 of Fibromyalgia Awareness Month: Fun Fact!

FACT: “The 18 tender points associated with Fibromyalgia occur in symmetrical pairs from the back of your head to your inner knees.” -Mayo Clinic

As I shared my diagnosis story yesterday, I briefly touched on tender/trigger points. When the doctor was testing my trigger points it was the weirdest pain I have ever felt. Since my diagnosis, when I have a flare up of the tender points I have found that warm showers, heat pads, shoulder massages, and essential oils help.

Day 4: Honoring your emotions vs. Victimization here. Day 4 was a bit of a longer post so I made a separate blog post for it.

Day 5 of Fibromyalgia Awareness Month: Fun Fact!

“Women are more likely to develop FM than men are.” -Mayo Clinic

Isn’t crazy how women are more likely to develop FM than men? I definitely did not know that until I started researching FM. No one knows why this is. Fibromyalgia is definitely a interesting disease that has a lot of weird quirks to it.

Day 6 of Fibromyalgia Awareness Month: The Causes of Fibromyalgia 

“Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include:

  1. Genetics. Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic mutations that may make you more susceptible to developing the disorder.
  2. Infections. Some illnesses appear to trigger or aggravate fibromyalgia.
  3. Physical or emotional trauma. Fibromyalgia can sometimes be triggered by a physical trauma, such as a car accident. Psychological stress may also trigger the condition.” -Mayo Clinic 

Day 7 of Fibromyalgia Awareness Month: Fun Fact!

There is a thing called “Fibromyalgia Fog.” It is weird and if you know me personally, you’ve probably have experienced this with me. “A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.”-Mayo Clinic

I don’t struggle with this as much as some do. However, on days that I’m having a flare up I can’t stay on task. It’s a little entertaining because I find myself trying to do six things at once and accomplish getting nothing done. 

That’s a wrap for week one for Fibromyalgia awareness month! I know that I have mentioned that I have a lot of blog posts coming with a little more detail on how I manage my disease. But I want to make clear that my blog isn’t going to changing a whole lot. Will there be some new content? Yes, but I still will be posting life recaps, recipes, and all of the other fun stuff!

XO Sam

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