As I say good bye to 2011, I have found several energies I want to let go of permanently. I feel nostalgic looking over the last year. It has been a very hard year but a very rewarding year as well. 2011, made it abundantly clear what I do NOT want in my life any longer and got me really clear on what I DO want. I was so busy in 2011 yet I feel I did not accomplish what I wanted to professionally or personally. I looked for ways to unstick myself and was led to many resources to help me in my life journey. For 34 years, I have struggled with who I really am, and letting it hang out in full glory. I have always been the “weird” girl, the “freak” or the “crazy chick” just to name a few. I am now okay with the labels as I know they don’t define me any longer. I have learned new definitions of why I am “weird” or even a little “freaky”. And guess what? I like it. I found out who I am supposed to be, what my message to others is, and I am learning to embrace it and draw it out. I am an empath. I feel other’s emotions. I absorb energies around me constantly. I encounter God as a spirit and as a spiritual life force energy. I am an energy FREAK!!!! Learning that I am empathic, has been such a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. I have learned how to protect myself, I am learning on how to use this to help others. I want to coach people who are depressed and have chronic pain. I want to heal them. I have changed my major from psychology to alternative health and psychology. I am getting my B.A. in both of them at the same time. I have become a student of Ashford University online because they had this degree. I am also saving money as I attend them. They have a huge support system in place for students. I really feel I have come home. I have found several online communities for people like me to converse. I plan on spending the rest of 2011 being thankful for the revelations and being clear on what I don’t want. I feel a really exciting energy around 2012 and feel it will be my BEST Year in business and personally EVER. I feel new people, opportunities, and blessings entering my life. I have decided to say goodbye to sickness, chronic disease, and Poverty. I have decided to embrace health, and abundance. I can’t wait to see what God brings each and every one of us this year. Good things! I will be looking for what I do want, that is for sure.
Look for what you want, and the resources will come,
I got up at 4 am raring to go again. I think I am cycling again. ugh. My counselor has noticed that about me too. Lately, if I take a nap during the day while I am not working, I get up the next day around 4 am. It’s so frustrating. I go to bed late too thinking this won’t happen. I am resting really good though. I decided to get up and keep you guys company. : ) I am looking forward to a very blessed new year. It’s my goal to make it my best year EVER!!! I am making coffee and I can smell its sweet aroma calling me now from the kitchen. My kids are anxiously awaiting to see what they get for Christmas. My wonderful hubby and my friend wrapped the presents last night soooo….mommy doesn’t even know what they got. I kinda like that. I plan on doing a lot of reading and just enjoying the day today. I may post later, I may not. Either way, Merry Christmas and a Blessed, Prosperous and Happy New Year!
If you have fibromyalgia, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the chronic pain and fatigue that often accompany this disorder — which affects about 5 million Americans, primarily women.
But feelings of pain and exhaustion aren’t the only symptoms of fibromyalgia. Other signs that aren’t necessarily visible to others can affect you and make the condition even harder for those around you to understand.
Here are some of the lesser-known signs of fibromyalgia that you may experience:
Allodynia. You might not give a second thought to rubbing a loved one’s shoulders or patting a friend on the back. But for someone with allodynia, being the recipient of these simple gestures can result in excruciating pain. Allodynia is a heightened sensitivity to touch, which results in pain from things that normally would not cause discomfort.
“This increased skin sensitivity and pain from touch is hypothesized to occur for a number of reasons,” says Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of Fibromyalgia & Fatigue Centers. “Over one-third of people with fibromyalgia develop a small fiber neuropathy caused from the chronic pain. In addition, the chronic pain causes amplification of pain signals in the brain itself, as well as changes in three key neurotransmitters related to pain.” Dr. Teitelbaum says medications known as NMDA receptor antagonists — memantine (Namenda) is one — can help.
Allodynia is also related to a lack of restorative sleep, so standard treatments for fibromyalgia — such as physical therapy, exercise, stress relief techniques, and practicing good sleep hygiene — can also help ease allodynia.
Sensitivity to fragrance. This fibromyalgia symptom is almost directly tied to allodynia and occurs for many of the same reasons. “Increased light, sound, and smell sensitivity are all common,” says Teitelbaum. “We have an enormous amount of sensory input coming in, and it takes energy to sort through all of this to separate the noise from the static. Fibromyalgia predominantly represents an energy crisis, and as the body has trouble sorting through the signal from the noise, it reflects as increased sensitivities.” In addition to whole-body approaches to treating fibromyalgia, Teitelbaum says the anti-seizure medication gabapentin (Neurontin) can often help decrease these sensitivities.
“Fibro fog.” Also called “brain fog,” this is a very serious fibromyalgia symptom that leaves many people in distress. “Brain fog or fibro fog is a classic component of the energy crisis we call fibromyalgia,” says Teitelbaum. Some of the common signs of fibro fog include a difficulty with word finding or substitution, loss of short-term memory, and occasionally even episodic disorientation that lasts for about 30 to 60 seconds. “With this disease, calling one’s husband by another man’s name is not a Freudian slip,” Teitelbaum notes. He explains that there is no single cause for fibro fog; rather, it can be caused by a combination of many factors including low thyroid levels, poor sleep, hidden infections such as Candida, and alterations in blood flow to the temporal lobes of the brain, which regulate speech.
Stephen Soloway, MD, a rheumatologist in private practice in Vineland, N.J., attributes much of the difficulties with fibro fog to sleep issues affecting people with fibromyalgia. Practicing good sleep hygiene and getting help from a sleep specialist may be useful.
Paresthesia. Paresthesia is an unexplained feeling of tingling and numbness that people with fibromyalgia may experience. Often it’s related to anxiety or nervousness over the disorder and can be accompanied by rapid, deep breathing. This in turn can lead to acroparesthesia, a tingling in the hands and feet from lack of carbon dioxide. Considering that anxiety is a major player in parasthesia, the stress relief techniques recommended for fibromyalgia patients can help. Exercise can also play a role in treatment.
Lipomas. These benign fatty tumors that can appear as lumps in various parts of the body are not directly related to fibromyalgia, but they may cause you to experience more discomfort than the average person does. This may be related to where the lipomas develop — parts of the body that are susceptible to the excessive or inappropriate pain that patients experience, explains Elliot Rosenstein, MD, director of the Institute for Rheumatic and Autoimmune Diseases at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, N.J. “Alternatively, these may be fibro-fatty nodules or localized areas of muscle spasm.”
Excessive sweating. Some people with fibromyalgia perspire heavily and may even believe they have a fever. This is due to what’s called an autonomic dysfunction within the hypothalamus, the almond-sized area in the brain that controls sleep and regulates sweating, bowel movements, and other automatic body functions. “The autonomic dysfunction causes the increase in sweating,” Teitelbaum says. Some medications and lifestyle changes that can keep you cool and dry may help with this fibromyalgia symptom.
Many of these unusual fibromyalgia symptoms respond to general treatment approaches. If not, talk with your doctor about targeted recommendations that may help.
Sooo….You are probably are wondering why ass is in the title of my blog as a disciple of Christ, right? Wellll….it IS in the bible. Okay, now that I have your attention, I can totally tell you what is going on in my world. I had a really hard last couple of months. I always knew I was kinda freaky and different in all aspects of my life. I was made fun of and bullied for being me in and out of my family and friend circle. I was never confident or felt loved. This happened for a variety of reasons we don’t need to discuss. I broke down at work the other day and made the decision to go back on 3 of my meds. Yes, they are psych meds. However, I have remained pain free for over 9 weeks now. The Lord has shown me my path I am to walk and what light I am sharing with the world. I no longer feel insecure, ugly, or freak in a bad way. The Lord revealed to me that I am a Christian empathy and healer. I am highly sensitive spiritually for a reason. To bring him glory and facilitate healing for others. I literally feel others emotions and pains. I now must hone this skill to benefit people. And….I am totally rocking my life out. I hope you have a totally kick ass life like my friend and life coach Leah Shapiro. The title is in honor of her life coaching practice defy the box. We believe in flying your freak flag and living a totally Kick Ass life that feels soooo good. If you don’t have that, yet, visit http://www.defythebox.com.
I am a children’s minister at Champions Church. You can look up my home church at http://www.champschurch.com. I absolutely love the Body of Christ I am so blessed to call home. For this Christmas season, I have been kinda down and not really in the “Christmas Spirit” like I normally am. This week, we were talking about Jesus precious and humble birth. I had some really funny insights about animals and living in the desert and things that kids these days would not know about. I love relating to the kiddos. They are so precious and so smart. It definatly put the right spirit in my Christmas season. I attended a women’s kitchen gadget exchange and had so many good laughs. I want to say thank you to my precious church family for simply being YOU. God is so good all the time, we just don’t always see his wisdom. I encourage you to look for the Jesus in your season. he is there. Waiting for you, with open arms, a open heart and all the treasures of heaven you could possibly want. I pray that all of you have a blessed and wonderful Christ-Mas season. I want Christ more. : )
I am a wife to James Derrick Dunn. I am a mother of 3 beautiful kids, Dylan, Anabella and Isaac. I love healing, God, music, art, dancing, and relaxing. i don’t get a lot of time to relax. I enjoy it while I can. : ) I love massages. I had Fibromyalgia for over 7 years. God recently healed me from that. No pain now for 9 weeks. I have had a set back from the Depression. I had to pray really hard and as a result have gone back on my medications. I have not given up on total healing. I have decided to dig deeper with God and heal some underlying causes he has revealed. I did struggle with my faith a little bit as a result of crying and breaking down for over 5 hrs last week. I can tell you, medication has made a difference. I don’t expect to be on the meds for a lifetime. I do expect to heal along my journey. I will share my healing and things I learn on both of my blogs as I feel inspired to do so. I no longer allow myself to feel like I am a victim of life. I am victorious in life. This blog is my daily release. My other blog will mostly be about issues that I have learned about and would like clients to see. It’s my coaching site. This site is more my “friend” site. I hope you will enjoy the benefit of both sites.