Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Improved Fibromyalgia

Me, trying on hats at Greenfield Village 
The fibromyalgia isn't perfect, but it is MUCH improved!  YAY!

I am walking 45 minutes a day or more, doing sit-ups, other exercises and yoga stretching.

I am SLEEPING BETTER, a major factor in fibromyalgia, although still not perfectly.

What I think has made the difference is my diet:

I avoid:

  • sugar, in all forms, but particularly added sweeteners.  I do not eat much fruit.  (I do eat some, but not every day, and very small portions.)  I do eat vegetables that include fruits, such as red peppers, but again, in limited quantities. I also avoid, whenever humanly possible, artificial sweeteners.
  • refined grains (no white flour or white rice)
  • dairy
  • soy
  • legumes
  • nuts.  (I'm not sure about nut, but every time I test them, I have an insomniac night.  I hate testing, because of the often negative results.)
  • desserts--no dessert of ANY KIND
  • potatoes (and other high-glycemic foods)
  • snack foods (potato chips, corn chips, etc) (This is really a repetition, the reason I avoid them is because they have high-glycemic foods and refined grains)
I eat:
  • vegetables (except legumes)
  • fish, poultry, meat, shellfish
  • whole grains (with NO added white flour or grains)
  • occasional small portions of fruit
And I exercise daily, which helps with sleeping, and which is made easier by my improved fibromyalgia, that is, my lessened pain.

A side-benny from my fibro diet is that I have lost weight.

However, I have a recurrence of a very painful medical condition, a fissure. I am writing about it in its own blog, FISSURE.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Do not read if easily offended:




HELP!  I can't find my asshole!

I have to put a Canasa suppository into my anus every night, and the past couple nights, I couldn't find the opening.  I can't see down there, and it's all swollen and lumpy!  :-(  The suppositories have a very sharp tip and I was pressing and pressing and it wouldn't go in--it was between two lumps--not in the right place.  It hurt like heck!  I finally got it in, but I riled up the whole area trying.

Very TMI (My current "illness")

This is in the category of TMI--Too much information. I am including it here, because this is my "complaint" blog and because people have asked. Don't read if you are easily offended by unpleasant details.
A friend just asked, "What is wrong with you?
I said: There are many things wrong with me.  

But I think you mean, how am I sick.
It is sort of unpleasant and embarrassing, which is why I have not
explained more.

My husband and I both had some intestinal bug that is going around (here).  It causes diarrhea.  I had it for six days, and, I took some Pepto Bismo after a while, because it was so bad.  I took it near the end of the six days and it caused bad constipation, which ripped my rectum.  I have an anal fissure.  It is very painful.  The doctor says it was caused by the combination of the irritation from the diarrhea followed by the sudden constipation.  It has been bleeding a lot and hurts badly.  I have to sit in a tub of hot water or on a heating pad.  Or both.  I cannot travel until it has healed.
If this is TMI (too much information), I apologize (but since you
asked  . .  .   )
I have been taking some medication and treatments.  The first few days it actually got worse and the bleeding increased.  But now, each day, it seems to be getting incrementally better.  The increments, so far, are very small.
I really want to be better in time to take my trip to NY to see my
children and grandchild.  I am also going (hopefully) because a poem of mine was chosen to be made into a giant poster to be displayed on kiosks in Syracuse NY and they are having a celebration the night of the 18th.  That was why I intended to go that day, after the opera on the 17th.

This is the second time this has happened to me.  Once it has
happened once, the risk increases for it to happen again.  The
medication that finally helped last time was Canasa.  Nothing else
worked.  My friend has suggested honey.  I haven't tried that yet.


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