Posts Tagged ‘fibromyalgia’

I’ve been reading

February 4, 2010

Jezebel: Guys Who Grope

In Canada: Time to End Pelvic Exams Without Consent (*& Performed on unconscious patients) I can’t believe this was ever allowed.

A Study on Fibromyalgia & Trauma/Victimization

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Material For a Resolution, Perhaps?

December 29, 2009

While googling my way through tips and treatments I found this article which includes most of the components I’ve seen so far.  I’ve cut out bits and pieces for this blog, but the full text is available at the title link.

Fibromyalgia: Lifestyle Changes

Many studies have shown that exercise is the most effective component in managing fibromyalgia, and patients must expect to take part in a long-term exercise program. Physical activity prevents muscle wasting, increases well-being, and, over time, reduces fatigue and pain. Many studies have also demonstrated that exercise can improve physical and emotional function, as well as reduce symptoms, including pain.

The basic approach used for fibromyalgia is called graded exercise. Graded exercise means you slowly increase the amount of your physical activity.

Sleep is essential, particularly because sleep disruptions worsen pain. Many patients with fibromyalgia have trouble getting a restful and healing night’s sleep …

Fibromyalgia patients should maintain a healthy diet low in animal fat and high in fiber, with plenty of whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables. Although everyone should be careful about calories from fats, some are healthy.

Relaxation and stress-reduction techniques are proving to be helpful in managing chronic pain. Evidence shows that people with fibromyalgia have a more stressful response to daily conflicts and encounters than those without the disorder. Several relaxation and stress-reduction techniques may be helpful in managing chronic pain…

Medical

November 3, 2009

So I have secured a Rheumatologist appointment in a week or so and am arranging for my files to be sent over.  I’m also attempting to get a prescription of my latest sample medication and hoping that will help me.  The good news is that this is the quickest appointment turn around I have gotten in a while.  Thank goodness I’m still piggybacking off the family insurance thanks to my student-status or I would be very out of luck.  A lot of my friends have been losing their health insurance and it seems a really sticky spot to be in- too old to depend on your parents but too young to have a job with a good insurance policy if you are still in school.  And while most schools require/offer some medical coverage, it is not ideal and generally keeps them from going to a doctor unless “absolutely necessary.”  And dental? vision? ha, right.

I feel like this college age group gets forgotten a lot.  There is no real economic help coming for student loans while banks get giant bail outs.  The job market is a tough one, especially if you can’t afford a degree. OR you might have a degree and a job, but maybe it doesn’t pay enough to cover your monthly loan repayments.

Right now I am an unemployed student, not for lack of trying. This is the first time I’ve been jobless since about halfway through high school and I hate it.  No one here seems to be hiring and my BA feels laughable at the moment. I am overqualified to run a cash register or shelve things, and have experience in those areas…

All the jobs I did have, though? I paid taxes.  I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect more from a government that I have no choice but to invest in.

In the meantime it’s a lot of pennypinching:

-Keeping the lights off in the apartment (common electricity sense)

-Not running the heat or the AC ( So far I’ve done pretty well with this, but it’s starting to get colder out.  My apartment has old baseboard heating that I know will be ridiculous, but I’m not sure if a space heater is the way to go. I’ve added two blankets to the bed this week.)

-Eating what I have in the pantry and avoiding the grocery store until I can’t anymore

-Using online texts instead of buying books

-No “extras.” I don’t subscribe to cable, internet, or phone at home.