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Self-Care For When You’re Depressed

Excellent tips for dealing with depression! 😉

Keri L.

Depression. It happens to the best of us, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. I want you to walk away from this post feeling encouraged, and understanding that depression happens, no matter who you are, what you do, or how good life is. As someone who struggles with feeling down at times, I wanted to put together a list of things that help me get through it – they work for me, I know they’ll work for you. So let’s get started.

  • Firstly, understand that being depressed does not make you a bad person. It does not mean you are unworthy, or that you deserve to die. Some of us suffer from depression with no triggers, and some of us feel its claws only after we’ve gone through something painful. Depression happens, but it doesn’t have to control you.
  • As a Christian, this is the best piece of…

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Living With Invisible Illness: Hostage- Felicia Denise

Living With Invisible Illness…my turn.

Brave and Reckless

Failed plans.

Missed appointments.

I’m labeled rude, uncaring, and arrogant.

Invitations dwindle then disappear.

It’s not my fault.

I’m not to blame.

I’m a prisoner, held hostage in my own body by an illness most can’t pronounce, and even fewer understand.

No dinner.

Piles of laundry.

I’m labeled lazy and entitled.

Family and friends give my mister sympathetic looks which mean, “We know it’s not you.”

It’s not my fault.

I’m not to blame.

I’m a prisoner, held hostage in my own body by an illness which hides just below the surface. A master of disguise, it leads doctors on a merry chase taking my energy and thoughts with it… and leaving pain in its wake.

More tests.

More co-pays.

More pills.

More dubious looks from the very people who are supposed to understand this shit.

More dumbass questions and asinine statements. “Don’t you want you get better? You need…

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Living with Invisible Illness: Walking on Eggshells- Annabelle Franklin

The series continues – Living With Invisible Illness

Brave and Reckless

First, the threats.

Then a few slaps.

Then a major beating. And stamping and twisting and pummelling and jabbing and stabbing and burning – all where the damage won’t show.

‘Why do you do it?’ I ask.

‘It’s your own fault,’ he says. ‘If you stuck to my rules, I wouldn’t have to punish you.’

Or, ‘You should be grateful. Pain is good for you – it helps you to grow.’

‘Bollocks to that,’ I say. ‘You’re supposed to love and protect me, but you’ve turned into a monster.’

I want him out of my life, but it’s just not possible.

You can’t get an injunction against your own immune system.

Annabelle Franklin is the author of two children’s books, ‘Gateway to Magic’ and ‘The Slapstyx’. Her short story ‘Mercy Dog’ has been published in award-winning anthology ‘Unforgotten: The Great War 1914-1918′ (Accent Press). She is a member of…

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Living with Invisible Illness: The Gross Clinic- Henna Sjöblom

Living With Invisible Illness

Brave and Reckless

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The doctors will come,
I promised
as I stabilized the wound with a metal rail, stretching my abdomen for everyone to see
They all lined up, came by and spit into the orifice, one by one
granting me their final gifts of disregard.

Of course, I cried to them
You there, Sir! Won’t You take pity on this poor wretch of a woman?
Bring her home, slice her, carve her up like a snuff prostitute
then hang her torso over your bed as a lucky charm
to ensure that you, honored Sir, will never succumb to the same madness!

Believe me, I didn’t ask for it either.
But the strange thing about roadkill
is that it’s not a roadkill until you choose to get out of the car and look,
inspect the wheel-tracks carved into it’s stomach like the fingerprints of god.
I prefer to drive by,

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Living with Invisible Illness: Lost Key

Living with an Invisible illness.

Brave and Reckless

the transformation

was so slow

so gradual

that i was unaware

that bones had turned glass

joints brass clockwork

until they seized

from lack of lubrication

made me stumble gracelessly

onto cracked tiles

hands once strong


now tremble

fail to grasp

fail to open

jars and tubs

of balms

of potions

that clutter dresser top

displacing brushes

jewelry with delicate clasps

making empty promises

to ease aches


i now wind down

an underpowered automaton

dust a fine coating on pale skin

words once nimble on my tongue

swim in and out of view

bright as koi

frustratingly elusive

in brain rendered too sluggish

too viscous

to gather them

in silver butterfly nets

and set them free

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Fibromyalgia and Hip Pain

Hip pain

Hip pain can occur in any normal individual without relating it to fibromyalgia. But if a fibromyalgia patient suffers with severe pain, both might be related to each other.

Tender points in the right and left buttock and in the sides of the hips may be painful to touch. This may cause difficulty in walking and sleeping.

Researchers have confirmed that women experience more hip pain than men. Many suggest that this may be due to weight gain and hormonal changes that are more common in women than men. Hip joint and buttocks can be painful at the same time.

Many people with fibromyalgia suffer with a low back pain and most of them can get better by a physiotherapy. It was revealed in a study from University of Gothenburg in 2011.

For those who are suffering from long-term back pain can have little bit relief and will require extensive treatment. Thus it is advisable to treat the low back pain at an early stage.

Many researchers have suggested that different approaches of treatment should be applied to benefit fibromyalgia patients. The combination of two or more methods can be more fruitful than a single method in treating the disease.

The pain control medication can be equipped with good and clean diet, exercises, meditation, etc.

Research at University of Gothenburg in April 2011 published that immediate treatment by a physiotherapist, can reduce problems with recurring low back pain. It was revealed in a thesis from this University.


How can A Severe Hip Pain Be Treated?

There are medicines available in the form of painkillers that can help minimize the severe hip pain. Apart from medicines there are some alternative methods that can also soothe the pain. Some of these are as follows:

1- Hot and cold ice packs is a traditional home remedy that helps many sufferers. Hot pack is recommended for a person having severe hip pain not resulted from an injury.

If someone is confused about using a hot or a cold pack, he/she can try 20 minutes with one pack and see the difference and comfort level.

2- Stretching is an easy method to keep the body parts functional. Stretching gives stress and pain relief if the hip pain is not that severe.

If anybody is suffering from chronic hip pain he/she must consult a yoga instructor or any other instructor for proper support and guidance.

Vigorous stretching is not recommended with fibromyalgia because it can worsen the pain. Stretching, yoga and exercise enhance blood circulation and help in improving chronic pain.

3- Aromatherapy can decrease muscle pain and increase blood circulation. It also helps to promote sleep and mental peace.

4- Acupuncture also can give relief hip pain and increase blood flow. A qualified acupuncturist should be consulted.

5- A study conducted at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in 2010 suggested that breathing slowly can significantly reduce pain. It was also reported that fibromyalgia patients have also reported less pain when they are breathing slow.

But the pain might flare-up when there are negative feelings, anxiety, sadness and depression. This research was published in PAIN a journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

Terrible shoulder is also associated with fibromyalgia. Stiffness can be felt in the shoulder that causes pain during movement of shoulder, arms and cause sleep difficulty.

Fibromyalgia is a terrible and frustrating disease. It is very uncomfortable and unbearable. Going for alternate and natural therapies can be a better way to control the symptoms rather than the medications which are full of side effects and never give 100% relief.

Are There Alternative Therapies to Control Hip Pain?

Alternative therapies such as physical activities, exercise, yoga, aromatherapy, acupuncture, etc can help in controlling any kind of pain related to fibromyalgia.

A study conducted in York University, 2011 proved that practicing yoga reduces physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women suffering with fibromyalgia.

It suggested that yoga works on the cortisol levels in women and helps in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia in women. In study it was revealed that 75 minutes of yoga two times a week for a period of eight weeks can increase the level of total cortisol.

In October 2010, Oregon Health and Science University (OSHU) published that yoga exercises may have the power to combat widespread pain of fibromyalgia.

This study was published online in PAIN journal. In a previous study at OSHU also suggested that yoga can combat a number of symptoms of fibromyalgia such as pain, fatigue, anxiety, poor memory, etc.

The pain was reduced by 24%, fatigue by 30% and depression by 42% in those who did yoga.

The Journal PAIN also commented that exercise is a sub category of physical activity, physical activity involves more than only exercising such a movement of body during play, work, transportation, household chores and recreation. Both physical activities and exercise can help in reduce any kind of joint pain, hip pain or shoulder pain.

It is true that avoiding physical activities and daily chores do not reduce pain in fibromyalgia sufferer. But it can reduce fatigue and anxiety.

The patients that persist pain and undergo physical exercises ignoring their pain may lead to overactivity and may end up with troublesome levels of daily activities.

A better way to treat fibromyalgia is to educate the sufferer about the disease and prepare the patient for the upcoming symptoms so that the sufferer can cope up the disease mentally and physically.

Understanding pain and other symptoms is very important in fibromyalgia. Providing patients with pain neuroscience education changes the patient’s perception and belief towards pain.


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Yentl’s Syndrome: Taking Women’s Pain Seriously


study in 1996 examined 1,411 patients with chest pain over the course of one and half years. They found that men were more likely to be admitted to the hospital than women. Of the women that were hospitalized, they were just as likely to receive a stress-test as men. However, the women who were not hospitalized were less likely to receive a stress-test at their one month follow-up. The authors of the study suggest that the bias against women that they recorded is due to what is referred to as Yentl syndrome.

Yentl syndrome: What is it?

You may recall the 1983 Barbara Streisand filmcalled Yentl, wherein Streisand’s character plays the role of a man in order to get the education she wants. In the case of medicine, Yentl syndrome refers to women having to prove that they are as sick as men in order to receive proper treatment. When it comes to heart pain, many women have died due to dismissing and misdiagnosing their symptoms.

The Girl Who Cried Pain

A few years ago, 21-year-old Kirstie Wilson died after being diagnosed with cervical cancer three years prior. When she was 17, she went to her general practitioner for painful stomach cramps. But he dismissed her three times as having “growing pains” or thrush. After begging to be seen by a specialist, a Pap smear revealed the cancer. Kirstie had surgery which successfully removed the cancer. However, it returned and had spread to her liver and spleen.

Before her passing, Kirstie stated, “I was bleeding in between periods and I was in agony, but doctors diagnosed me with thrush and growing pains. You know your own body and I knew there was something seriously wrong when the pain and bleeding persisted. It took me four months of going back and forth to my GP [general practitioner] before I was given a smear test. I wish I had been given a smear test when I first visited my doctor, as it might have saved my life.”

Are Women Hysterical Lunatics?

Do you realize that the word hysterectomy comes from the word hysteria? This is rooted in the Latin hystericus, meaning “of the womb.” An articlehighlighting the stigmatization of women expanded further on this idea of hysteria: “This was a condition thought to be exclusive to women – sending them uncontrollably and neurotically insane owing to a dysfunction of the uterus (the removal of which is still called a hysterectomy). Here’s another: loony. Coming from lunacy – a monthly periodic insanity, believed to be triggered by the moon’s cycle (remind you of anything?). These etymologies have cemented a polarisation of the female and male mental states: men being historically associated with rationality, straightforwardness and logic; women with unpredictable emotions, outbursts and madness.”

As outdated as this mindset is, it is actually still highly pervasive even in the medical community. After all, it was until 1993 that the National Institutes of Health mandated the inclusion of women and minorities in medical research. Prior to that, many clinical studies excluded women. In fact, that was the same year that marital rape was finally a crime in all 50 states. These delays only reinforce the frequency and normalcy of dismissing women’s cries of pain.

“Women cry – what can you do?”

A compassionate piece written by the husband of a woman who endured extreme abdominal pain explained his wife’s unnecessarily long E.R. visit. He says, “Nationwide, men wait an average of 49 minutes before receiving an analgesic for acute abdominal pain. Women wait an average of 65 minutes for the same thing.” His wife ended up waiting nearly three times that long, despite her expressions of intense agony. Every time he would ask for help while they waited for her to be examined, he said, “…every nurse’s shrug seemed to say, “Women cry—what can you do?” Even when the doctor quickly visited her bedside, he too dismissed her pain and misdiagnosed her. It wasn’t until a competent female physician came by that the woman was taken into surgery to in order to remove a dangerous and dying ovary.

When it comes to medicine, women must constantly prove that they are as sick as a man in order to receive the same treatment. This is appalling and absolutely dangerous. The pain women experience is routinely dismissed. Think of chronic conditions like fibromyalgia wherein most women must go through several healthcare practitioners, perhaps over the course of many years, just to have their pain taken seriously. Has this happened to you? How did you finally get the correct diagnosis? Were you frequently dismissed because of your pain?


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