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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

May 12 is the designated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Throughout the month of May please share awareness about Fibromyalgia.

Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. Now it is recognized as a very real physical condition that affects every aspect of a person’s life.

It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head.” I went through this with people I knew once I became unable to function because of Fibromyalgia. Everyone wants to tell you that you just need to get up and do something and you will feel better. They don’t understand you barely have the strength to make it to the bathroom and back. It is often hard to get emotional support from your family and friends.

Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism. No longer can people say that it is in your head.

Here is a brief list of common symptoms of this disease:

  • Chronic pain throughout the body
  • Burning, numbness and tingling
  • Tenderness when pressure is placed on or around the neck, elbows, hips, thighs and knees.
  • Sleep disorders
  • Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Facial Pain
  • Jaw Pain (TMJ)
  • Memory Loss
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Tension or Migraine Headaches
  • High sensitivity to foods and medications (allergic type reaction).
  • Minimal tolerance to heat and cold
  • High sensitivity to bright lights and sounds
  • Hair Loss

Because symptoms develop gradually, this disease is often misdiagnosed. Based on the American College of Rheumatology a person is diagnosed with Fibromyalgia when he or she suffers pain throughout the body for at least three months and has 11 out of 18 tender points presen

Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

Niagara Falls will be PURPLE from 10:15 to 10:30 PM EST May 12th for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. You can watch this event live by Clicking Here

It is estimated that Fibromyalgia

My prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this condition as I understand it well having lived with it for over 42 years. Please spread the word and let the world know about Fibromyalgia.

Remember millions of people worldwide suffer from Fibromyalgia. They lose their independence, their lives, and often their family. Raise your awareness and support those with invisible illnesses.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month!

may-12May 12 is the designated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.  Throughout the month of May please share awareness about Fibromyalgia.  Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. Now it is recognized as a very real physical condition that affects every aspect of a person’s life.

It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head.” I went through this with people I knew once I became unable to function because of Fibromyalgia.  Everyone wants to tell you that you just need to get up and do something and you will feel better.  They don’t understand you barely have the strength to make it to the bathroom and back. It is often hard to get emotional support from your family and friends.

Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism. No longer can people say that it is in your head.

Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population.

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

Niagara Falls will be PURPLE from 10:15 to 10:30 PM EST May 12th for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. You can watch this event live by Clicking Here

I have made a video showing what my life is like daily living as a bedridden invalid because of Fibromyalgia and an accident to my hips. Please watch this video because I believe it’s more powerful then words alone.

I need your support more than ever.  Find out why by Clicking Here

My prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this condition as I understand it well having lived with it for over 40 years. Please spread the word and let the world know about Fibromyalgia.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

evolution-of-fibromyalgia-awareness

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month!

May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month! Click picture for article
May 12 is the designated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Throughout the month of May please share awareness about Fibromyalgia. Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. Now it is recognized as a very real physical condition that affects every aspect of a person’s life.

It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head.” I went through this with people I knew once I became unable to function because of Fibromyalgia. Everyone wants to tell you that you just need to get up and do something and you will feel better. They don’t understand you barely have the strength to make it to the bathroom and back. It is often hard to get emotional support from your family and friends.

Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism. No longer can people say that it is in your head.

Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population.

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

I have made a video showing what my life is like daily living as a bedridden invalid because of Fibromyalgia and an accident to my hips. Please watch this video because I believe it’s more powerful then words alone.

I need your support more than ever. Click Here For More Information.

Niagara Falls will be PURPLE from 10:15 to 10:30 PM EST May 12th for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. You can watch this event live by Clicking Here

My prayers go out to everyone who is affected by this condition as I understand it well having lived with it for over 40 years. Please spread the word and let the world know about Fibromyalgia.

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie
CherokeeBillie.com

Evolution of Fibromyalgia Awareness

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May 12, 2012


Muscular pain, tingling, burning, and numbness are common symptoms of a repetitive strain injury. However, these symptoms are also common in a condition called Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia basically means pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It affects mostly women and up to 4% of the general population.

I personally have Fibromyalgia and I experienced it first in the 70’s before there was any knowledge about this condition. I was officially diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1990. Let me tell you it is not a condition you would wish on anyone. Basically it’s a living nightmare. There’s never a day or moment that I am not aware of this condition and what I can and cannot do.

The pain of Fibromyalgia occurs in areas where the muscles attach to bone or ligaments and is similar to the pain of arthritis. The joints themselves are not affected, however, so they are not deformed nor do they deteriorate as they may in arthritic conditions. The pain typically originates in one area, usually the neck and shoulders, and then radiates out. Most patients report feeling some pain all the time; and many describe it as “exhausting.” The pain can vary, depending on the time of day, weather changes, physical activity, and the presence of stressful situations; it has been described as stiffness, burning, stabbing, sudden, radiating, and aching. The pain is often more intense after disturbed sleep.

The other major complaint is fatigue, which some patients report as being more debilitating than the pain. Fatigue and sleep disturbances are, in fact, almost universal in patients with Fibromyalgia, due to lack of serotonin in the blood.

Several years ago Fibromyalgia was a disability categorized as “psychological”. It’s hard to understand how it feels to be told you are mentally having a problem when your body will not perform what you are asking it to do. How can that possibly be mental? Patients were, in effect, being told it was “all in your head”. Fortunately, the medical field has produced enough research to re-classify it as a true physical disability that is often paired with studies and treatments for arthritis and rheumatism.

People with FMS have the additional stress and frustration in their lives of trying to explain (all the time) why today they can do almost anything and the next day they can barely get out of bed. Depression is a frequent side-effect of FMS and who can question it? Living with a body-wide toothache-like pain constantly is something only fellow sufferers can truly understand.

I have written an article explaining this syndrome and also giving self help tips that I have learned by having Fibromyalgia. Click Here To Read More.

I have posted many pictures and quotations about Fibromyalgia on my Pinterest page. You Can View Them Here .

I send out prayers and ask for the Archangel Rafael to help everyone who lives with this condition. Please spread the word about Fibromyalgia day!

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