Archive for July, 2012

Being an active part of your own health care team, part I

Peo­ple who have chron­ic or com­plex health issues need to take an active role in their own health care. That doesn’t come nat­u­ral­ly to every­one, and in fact it runs counter to the tra­di­tion­al way of inter­act­ing with “Doc­tor God” that I, for one, learned from my own par­ents. In this series, we’ll talk about […]

July 16, 2012 · Cyn Armistead · One Comment
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Fight Brain Fog!

Or, at the very least, give your­self more resources to fight it! Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are like mus­cles, in that they have to be devel­oped and exer­cised reg­u­lar­ly, even stretched to keep them flex­i­ble. We can’t nec­es­sar­i­ly avoid the cog­ni­tive deficits that come with some of our ill­ness­es, or as a side effect of our med­ica­tions. […]

July 15, 2012 · Cyn Armistead · One Comment
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Canaries Are Us

Have you ever heard of how min­ers used to use canaries to test the air in mines? The birds would get ill, or even die, from bad air much more quick­ly than humans would real­ize that the air was bad, allow­ing the humans to get out of the mine. Those of us who have seri­ous […]

July 6, 2012 · Cyn Armistead · One Comment
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Getting Better

I’ve been very busy over the last six months and had some major changes in my life that have been very stress­ful. As I’ve said else­where, my main strat­e­gy in deal­ing with fibromyal­gia has been to reduce stress in my life as much as pos­si­ble. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the main source of stress in my life over […]

July 5, 2012 · Cyn Armistead · 4 Comments
Tags:  · Posted in: Fibromyalgia, Pain