Fibromyalgia Q&A LIVE! Video Session {January 10, 2017}

My husband and I record live videos through our Facebook page, Being Fibro Mom. Sometimes they are not always planned, like this video we did on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. To watch the video, click below. This covers all the topics in the video and includes links to expand on those topics. I also included links to where these products can be purchased, Facebook groups, Pinterest pages, and other website links.

 

 

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Men with Fibromyalgia

Norma founded Men with Fibromyalgia as a vlog that turned into a blog. He helps men living with fibromyalgia by letting them know they are not alone and it’s okay to struggle with fibromyalgia.

Click here to visit Norman’s site.

Join his men’s only fibromyalgia group.

 

Tami Stackelhouse, Fibromyalgia Life Coach

“Tami Stackelhouse encourages hope and healing as a coach, author, speaker, and patient advocate. She is the founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute. A fibromyalgia patient herself, Tami has gone from disabled to thriving. Her compassion, gentle support, and fun coaching style help women with fibromyalgia take back control of their lives.

Tami lives in the suburbs of Portland, with her husband, Scott, and their three cats: Sam, Jesse, and Sniglets. On sunny days, you’ll find her on the back of Scott’s Harley. When it’s raining, she will be by the fire, reading a good book, and rubbing Sam’s big Belly of Happiness and Joy.

Healthline named Tami’s blog as one of the 15 Best Fibromyalgia Blogs of 2015 for its quality and contribution to the fibromyalgia community. Tami has been an instructor, presenter, and writer for organizations such as the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia, Oregon Fibromyalgia Information Foundation, and Molly’s Fund Fighting Lupus. She is a graduate of the Leaders Against Pain Scholarship Training sponsored by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), and a member of the Leaders Against Pain Action Network.

As a patient advocate, Tami began working with the NFMCPA and Oregon doctors in 2013 to petition policymakers to move fibromyalgia onto the Prioritized List of conditions covered by Medicaid reimbursement. As of 2016, that battle is still on-going.”

– Amazon author bio

Click here to visit Tami’s site.

Click here to purchase Tami’s book from Amazon.

 

Pet Helpers

“Pet Helpers’ is a private, nonprofit 501(c)3 Rescue and Adoption Center and low-cost spay/neuter & veterinary clinic that serves communities across the Lowcountry. Our mission is to end the euthanasia of all adoptable cats and dogs by keeping all animals until adopted; providing low cost spay/neuter surgeries; offering humane education programs; pursuing animal-cruelty prosecution; and initiating animal-welfare legislation.”

-Pethelpers

Click here to visit the Pet Helper’s site.

To make a donation to help Pet Helper’s, click here.

 

Paleo Diet

Eating the right way and knowing what to eat with fibromyalgia is essential in healing the body. To know what is good and bad for the body, please read my article The Fibro Diet: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Keeping a food journal will identify which foods cause your body to react better or worse.

Read more about keeping a food journal.

Paleo is short for Paleolithic, and is also known as the “caveman diet”. It consists mainly of meats, fruits, nuts, oils and veggies. It steers away from beans, grains, dairy, processed foods, refined sugars, and a few other toxic foods. Click here for more information regarding the Paleo diet.

 

Why Paleo for fibro?

Paleo is great for fibromyalgia thrivers because it stays away from the toxic foods that trigger fibro symptoms that causes flares (read more about fibro flares here). It encourages the foods that help the body to stay healthy and digest properly.

 

My experience with Paleo

I started the Paleo style of eating on New Year’s Day, and my stomach issues have been cut by more than 50%. Well, at least my version of the Paleo diet. I still have some beans and I won’t give up my coffee! I rarely have digestive issues now and have lowered daily pains (aside from flares). Paleo recipes are not as expensive or hard as I initially started and the kids have been eating it, too. Of course, I don’t call it Paleo to the them. Haha

 

Recipes for Paleo

I am currently keeping track of all the Paleo recipes I make. You can follow my Paleo Pinterest board (found here) or join me in my friend’s Facebook group, Megan’s Paleo Pantry (found here).

In February, I will be posting January’s recipes with links to the recipes and my feedback for each recipe. The monthly recipes plan will be found on my Fibro Foods page found here.

 

Places to get Paleo foods

  • Aldi: organic, low priced foods
  • Amazon

 

Paleo Resources

 

Essential Oils

I am a fan of essential oils and after six months of giving it a try, I became a doTerra wellness advocate and had my site certified by doTerra as well. Read more about essential oils.

The main oils I use on a daily basis are lemon and wild orange. This is to help with my stomach concerns and to assist in those problem areas.

I started the Lifelong Vitality program on January 14, 2017. The reason I started this program was because it was recommended by several fibromyalgia thrivers that have used it and experienced a huge difference in their daily lives.

 

LifeLong Vitality

The program consists of the following supplements and are “formulated to provide you with potent levels of bioavailable nutrients and powerful metabolic factors for optimal health, energy, and longevity”:

  • Alpha CRS+
  • xEO Mega
  • Microplex VMz

 

The benefits* include:

  • General wellness and vitality
  • Antioxidant and DNA protection
  • Energy metabolism
  • Bone health
  • Immune function
  • Stress management
  • Cardiovascular health
  • Healthy hair, skin, and nails
  • Eye, brain, nervous system
  • Liver function and digestive health
  • Lung and respiratory health
  • Gentle on stomach
  • Non-GMO, gluten-free, and dairy-free

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Browse doTerra’s essential oils on my site: http://mydoterra.com/brandiclevinger  

 

Books that I recommend regarding the topics in this video

 

Articles I’ve written on related topics

 

Porcelain Fibro Mommy

Welcome to my Porcelain Fibromommy Blog! My name is Elizabeth. I’m a wife and mother of 3 very active young boys. I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Migraines, Sacroilliac Joint Dysfunction, Anxiety and Depression. I’ve had all these since I was at least 16, some as young as 13, though many weren’t diagnosed until my mid 20’s. Since life like this is all I’ve known basically, I haven’t let it stop me from living. It has changed how I live and that’s what this blog is about. The various aspects of being a person, a wife, a mother, homeschooling, crafting, living life in the now, and looking towards the future as a “Spoonie”.”

-Elizabeth, Porcelain Fibro Mommy

Click here to visit Elizabeth’s site.

 

Fed Up with Fatigue

Donna is the writer and creator behind the fibromyalgia blog, Fed Up with Fatigue. She has in-depth articles regarding all aspects of fibromyalgia and is a must resource for the fibromyalgia community.

Click here to visit Donna’s site.

Join Donna’s fibromyalgia Facebook group.

 

The FibroManual by Dr. Liptan

“The most up-to-date, comprehensive treatment guide to fibromyalgia, by a renowned physician who herself has the condition

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and are struggling to get help from your doctor, you’re far from alone. Ten million Americans experience the widespread muscle pain, profound fatigue, and fuzzy brain (“fibrofog”) that have long frustrated both patients and doctors. In this unique resource, Ginevra Liptan, M.D., shares a cutting-edge new approach that goes far beyond mainstream medical knowledge to produce dramatic symptom improvement.

Dr. Liptan’s program incorporates clinically proven therapies from both alternative and conventional medicine, along with the latest research on experimental options like medical marijuana. Since many health care providers have limited fibromyalgia expertise, The FibroManual includes a thoroughly sourced “health care provider guide” that enables readers to help their doctors help them.

Alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms in four simple steps (Rest, Repair, Rebalance, and Reduce) and you will

  • restore deep, restful sleep
  • achieve long-lasting pain relief
  • optimize hormone and energy balance
  • reduce fatigue

This accessible and empowering resource provides essential information about understanding and treating fibromyalgia from a physician who, as both patient and provider, understands the illness from the inside.”

– Amazon website book description

Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Join the Facebook group discussion.

 

Myofascial Release Therapy

Dr. Liptan mentions in her book that myofascial release therapy eases muscle tension and lowers pain. According to Spine-health, it is “a type of safe, low load stretch that releases tightness and the pain caused by restrictions in the fascial system.”

Click here to read more about how to do it, who does it, and short videos.

 

Fibro Parenting

Fibro Parenting is the name I give to fibromyalgia thrivers who are also parents. It’s difficult thriving our illness, and it can be a bit tricky as a thriver and parent. In response to this, my husband and I are exploring the field of  “fibro parenting”, and putting together workshops to help fibromyalgia thrivers be the best parents they can be.

Click here to visit the Fibro Parenting page to read more.

Join our closed Fibro Parenting Facebook group.

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us live and who watched the video at a later time! We appreciate each of you and your time to listen to us.

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, suggestions, or advice, please contact us in one of the following ways:

Being Fibro Mom on Facebook

Email

 

Please join us each Friday on my Facebook page at noon EST for a live video.

 

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Brandi

Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

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