Blurb Verse

"And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."
Romans 5:3-5

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Today is a hard day

Are you having a good day? What if you're not? What if today is bleak, and hard, and simply making it out of bed is all you can manage to do? What if you're not sure you have the strength to make it to another day? 


You're not alone if that's you. Today is a hard day for me. And here are some things I am reminding myself of, about God, his purposes and his love for me: 

(1) Jesus is on the throne: It feels like chaos. It feels like I'm falling apart and nothing works. But Jesus has risen from the dead, and is ruling over everything, which means this too is in his control. (Revelation 11:15)

(2) I can lose lots of things, but I can't lose God: Romans 8:35-39 assures me that even the depths of struggles and suffering can't separate from God's love in Christ and :Philippians 1:6 assures me that God will bring me to completion & he can do it with or without my strength. Phew. 

(3) If I breathe, this too shall pass: Because of Jesus and his death and resurrection, and because I call Jesus my Lord & Saviour, this life will be the worst I'll ever have to endure. This madness and suffering has an end, and I will continue to breathe after it. (Revelation 21:1-5)

(4) I am a jar of clay with treasure: My brokenness displays more of God's power & that is glorious. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 12:7-10)

What encourages you to keep going, when the pits of darkness overwhelm you? 


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Resurrected!

Hi everyone,

In the spirit of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and due to some encouraging feedback, I have decided to resurrect this blog.




Hurrah!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Going Grey?

New Research shows that people with fibromyalgia may have greater premature ageing risks.

When comparing healthy vs FM patients, it was noted that:
- Both groups contained the same volume of white matter in the brain.
- FM patients however had significantly less grey matter.

What does this mean?
White matter is the tissue through which messages pass between different areas of grey matter within the nervous system. Using a computer network as an analogy, the grey matter can be thought of as the actual computers themselves, whereas the white matter represents the network cables connecting the computers together.

It has been found that every year of fibromyalgia was equal to approximately 9.5 times loss in the normal ageing process.

What is the implication of this?
- The brain undergoes structural changes in response to chronic pain and stress.
- This means our brains for those of us with fibromyalgia, could potentially be 20 years older than our actual age.

Read more at: www.examiner.com/article/brain-grey-matter-atrophy-seen-fibromyalgia

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Cognitive Dysfunction & Fibromaylgia

Do you struggle with fibromyalgia and have a bad memory? Do you find it difficult sometimes to be able to get a whole thought out before it disappears? It could be linked to your fibromyalgia.

New research suggests that fibromyalgia patients perform more poorly than the counterparts of their age, in three areas:

1. Free recall: remembering words
2. Working Memory: everyday info
3. Vocabulary tests - accessing words from memory

Research also suggests that blood pressure, anxiety and depression have no effect on fibromyalgia patient's cognitive abilities.

Sad news: There is currently nothing available to help improve this.

However, there is some hope: Here's some tips that may help us as we battle our own cognition:

1. Establish regular routines: Eat and sleep at the same time regularly.
2. Snack every three hours, rather than eating full meals.
3. Use reminders and to-do-lists.
4. Take breaks when you find your concentration waning.
5. Avoid multitasking, as it reduces your effectiveness.
6. Pace, pace, pace.
7. Avoid loud noises, bright lights and other distractions in your environment, particularly where you sleep.

Do you have any strategies that work for you?

Source: www.examiner.com/article/cognitive-dysfunction-and-fibromyalgia

Saturday, June 29, 2013

It's Not all in your Head after all..

Researchers have new reached a new breakthrough in relation to fibromyalgia.


Previously, researches believed fibromyalgia to be a psychological problem. Approximately 20 years ago, it was believed to be a change in the way the brain processed pain, causing hyperactivity in pain centres, although the cause was unknown.

Now researchers have gone one step back and discovered something that may cause the hyperactivity in your brain.

Your hands... sounds too simple to be true? The culprit is thought to be our arteriole venule shunts. How do they work? They work to keep our hands and nerves at the right temperature, kind of how a car radiator works. In warm conditions, the shunts close, which forces blood into the capillaries at the skin surface to radiate heat from the body. Under cold conditions, the shunts open allowing blood to bypass the capillaries to conserve heat, which is why our hands get cold.

Excessive nerve fibers concentrated in these areas are thought to cause mismanaged blood flow, causing muscle pain, acheyness and hyperactivity in the pain centre of the brain.

So does it explain all our symptoms? Probably not. Is it an important breakthrough? Yes. It shows progress.

It means we are one step closer to figuring out how this madness began and how we might cure it or ease the suffering from it.

Source: http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112879104/fibromyalgia-is-not-all-in-your-head-new-research-confirms/

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Nothing a glass of wine can't fix???

Does alcohol actually make fibromyalgia worse? If so, how?

According to the Mayo Clinic USA and researchers at Michigan University, low and moderate drinkers had better scores for physical function, ability to work, the number of work days missed, fatigue and pain, than people who abstained. Moderate drinkers who had between three and seven standard drinks a week seemed to have less pain than low or heavy drinkers.

Why? Aminobutyric Acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which is low in our brains, is thought to bind with the alcohol causing lower perceived pain levels. But like any good thing, too much is going to hurt you. And when it wears off, the pain levels are likely to return.

Keep in mind, if you do if have intolerances such as fructose intolerance, you will need to limit your drinking to spirits or one glass of dry red wine depending on your tolerance levels.

How does alcohol affect your pain levels? Does it make it better or worse?

For details of the full article, read at: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130315074615.htm

Welcome back!

Hi fellow bloggers and friends.

Apologies for the long delay between posts. Unfortunately the nature of this illness is that sometimes back to back flare ups make it quite difficult to survive, let alone blog or do anything else.

But by the grace of God, I hope I keep being strong enough to keep trucking on and keep blogging.


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