I'm the owner of the blog Fibromyalgia Confessions. I decided to make this blog as a way to get information out to all of you. When it comes to living with Fibromyalgia knowledge is power. The more you learn about Fibromyalgia as an illness and about your own personal Fibromyalgia, the easier it will be for you to find a balance in your life. Once you find that balance it's amazing how much easier some things are. Fibromyalgia is painful and will always be hard to deal with but I think we should do all we can to make it as easy as it can be.

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The Genes of Fibromyalgia; How it Can be Inherited.

Most of the time Fibromyalgia comes out of nowhere, with no warning or reason. Sometimes, there are things leading up to it, one of the main things they have found a connection with is PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.) Studies have shown that over 50% of people suffering from Fibromyalgia went through a trauma that caused them to develop PTSD before they developed Fibromyalgia. But, are there other things? What if our Parents had it? Are we more susceptible to it, then? And if we have it is there a greater chance our children could develop it? Doctors and researchers say yes, there is sometimes a hereditary factor in developing Fibromyalgia.

Though Fibromyalgia is not passed from generation to generation like some diseases are, it does raise the risk of getting it if immediate family members have it. Researchers believe that the reason for this is in the DNA. People with Fibromyalgia have abnormalities in their DNA that is directly related to the nervous system and how it functions. Abnormalities in that can mean abnormalities in the nerves themselves and how they transmit pain signals to the body; that is the case in Fibromyalgia. As most of you know, the chronic pain you feel with Fibromyalgia is due to over-active nerve endings; causing us to feel constant pain and causing us to feel more severe pain than others.

Studies have shown that in families where Fibromyalgia is present, many of the other family members have the same DNA abnormalities. Though, this does not mean all the members of the family with this abnormality will develop Fibromyalgia, it simply means that the risk is higher. It’s hit or miss with this disease, and that makes it scarier. You don’t know if you will develop it if your parents had it and you don’t know if your children will have it if you do; chances are the DNA abnormalities are there, but they can’t tell you for sure if the disease will be passed on. The best thing we can do is be prepared; if someone in your immediate family has this disease then learn about it and understand that there is a possibility that you could develop it. The same goes for if you have it and have children or are planning on having them in the future; you never know so you need to be prepared.

Researchers hope that one day they’ll be able to track the hereditary movement of this disease, but for now all we can do is be knowledgeable about the risks to ourselves and our family members. Like it is with most other things relating to Fibromyalgia: Knowledge is power.

Love,
A.

livingwithdisability:

Have you ever heard of a hands free toothpaste dispenser? 
These are really cheap but so handy.
To read more please click the link below:
http://livingwithdisability.info/handsfree-toothpaste-dispenser/

Great for those of you who get bad cramps or stiffness in your hands; especially in the morning/night!

livingwithdisability:

Have you ever heard of a hands free toothpaste dispenser? 

These are really cheap but so handy.

To read more please click the link below:

http://livingwithdisability.info/handsfree-toothpaste-dispenser/

Great for those of you who get bad cramps or stiffness in your hands; especially in the morning/night!

I’ve just recently begun working on my blogs again. The thing is, I’m having a hard time thinking of articles to write for this blog. What are some things you’d like to see on here? Everything on this blog is meant to center around information and management of Fibromyalgia. Let me know what kinds of things you’d like to see on here in the near future. Medications? Tips and tricks? Research progress? Anything like that, just let me know and I’ll start researching and putting together articles. Also, if anyone else would like to write a guest article for this blog just submit it to me and I’ll go over it and get it on here asap.

Love,
A.

What would you like to see posted on here in the near future?

Tomorrow!

Hey everyone,

I’m SO sorry for being absent from my Fibromyalgia blogs for so long. Life has been really crazy and hard for me lately. Thank you all so much for being patient and keeping my blogs on your follow lists. Hello to all my new followers! Tomorrow I’m going to start updating both of my fibro sites again. I’ve got a new article written and nearly ready to post on here and a TON of confessions ready to go up on Fibromyalgia Confessions. So, tomorrow afternoon look for new things on both blogs. Again, I’m so sorry for the long absence and for not doing any kind of updates during it.

Love,
A.

Fibromyalgia and PTSD

Currently the exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. There are a few connections Doctors have made regarding the onset of Fibromyalgia. One of the most prominent ones is the connection with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It’s estimated that over 50% of people with Fibromyalgia had PTSD prior to the onset of Fibromyalgia. This suggests that there is a connection between trauma or severe stress and Fibromyalgia.

The PTSD varies from patient to patient. There are cases of abuse, war, and death. PTSD is an anxiety disorder that is a reaction to a traumatic event. There have been studies that show evidence of PTSD actually changing the way the brain functions. The thought is that these changes in the brain could cause Fibromyalgia, as Fibro is thought to be caused by a brain function issue.

It’s proven that treating the PTSD can help lessen the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. PTSD, like Fibro, is incurable and simply must be treated indefinitely. It’s thought to be helpful to see a counselor or psychiatrist and to be put on some sort of anti-depressant or anti-psychotic.

All of this is also more of a reason to keep your life at a low stress level. The more emotional strain you’re under, the worse your Fibro will be. Ever notice that when you get really upset a flare-up often follows? This is something that is common in a large number of Fibromyalgia patients. So, do your best to stay calm, learn to relax, don’t worry so much, and de-stress often.

Love,
A.

The Stages of Adjusting to Chronic Illness

This article by Sandy Robinson is a great look into the different stages we go through when trying to accept and live with our chronic illness. Chronic illness isn’t something that is easy to accept, it changes us and it changes our lives. We get mad, we get sad, and we grieve for what we’ve lost.

Hey everyone…

I’m so sorry I haven’t been posting a lot of stuff on here lately. I’ve been in kind of a funk with winter coming and all. I’m going to start posting more frequently though! Also, thank you to everyone who messaged me and let me know the kinds of things they’d like to see on here. It was really helpful!

Love,
A.

What kinds of things do you guys want to see on here?

Tell me what you want, I need some suggestions! Anything related to fibro; living with it, medication, treatments, Drs, research progress, tips and tricks, etc.

Put it in my ask: www.fibromyalgiabalance.tumblr.com/ask

Love,
A.

This may seem like common sense to some but I’ll say it anyway.

Try your very best not to run into things, fall down, etc.

I know, that probably seems like common sense but it’s extra important for us. You know how when you run into something it hurts 10,000x more than it would for a normal person? Well, running into something or falling down can irritate our nerves and muscles causing a flare up.

So, of course it seems simple; Be careful, don’t get hurt. The problem with that is the fact that Fibromyalgia also comes with bad balance and sometimes dizziness. This means we have to be WAY more careful than other people when it comes to moving around.

Love,
A.