Author Archives: Barbara Keddy

About Barbara Keddy

I am a Professor Emeritus, School of Nursing, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. My B.Sc.is in Nursing while my MA. and Ph.D. are in Sociology. I am married, a mother and grandmother living on the east coast of Canada. I have personally lived with fibromyalgia for about 40 years. I published a book with iUniverse in 2007. This book detailed living with this condition and allowed the voices of twenty women who have fibromyalgia to tell their stories.

Fibromyalgia and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Several years ago I was privileged to take the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course, not once, but twice from a wonderful therapist. To practice what I learned requires … Continue reading

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Hypnosis for Fibromyalgia

“With hypnosis, we can help people modulate perceptions in ways that are therapeutically helpful”, David Spiegel For those of us with chronic pain and/or a myriad of other distressing physical and psychological conditions the practice of ‘changing our brains’  through … Continue reading

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The many faces of fibromyalgia

“What’s in a name?”, Shakespeare The nomenclature of Fibromyalgia can be known as : “Central Sensitization”, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” , “Cycles of Over-Exertion-Relapse”, “Chronic Fatigue Disorder”, and now a new term: “Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder”- all with the same … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and Skin Problems: Clothing that Causes Itching

“I base most of my fashion sense on what doesn’t itch”, Gilda Radner There isn’t anything more comforting to me than cloth that is soft and soothing. Mostly, it is cotton that gives me a feeling of being in a … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: the mosaic of treatments

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom”, Bertrand Russell I believe that those of us with central sensitization, that is, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue , or to call it by another name -“post traumatic stress disorder”, all suffer from chronic … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and foot (?) pain

” When things get really bad, just raise your glass and stamp your feet and do a little jig”, Leonard Cohen As I have been limping along these past few months following hip surgery I began to have foot pain, … Continue reading

Posted in central sensitization, chi gong, degenerative disc disease, Fibromyalgia, hyper-aroused cenral nervous system, meditation, trekking sticks | 7 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Living in a Chaotic World

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear”, Mark Twain All of us with fibromyalgia suffer from repressed emotions, and are coping with over stimulation and sensory processing sensitivity. Never has it been so challenging as it has … Continue reading

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Experimenting with Medical Marijuana for Fibromyalgia

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug”, Willie Nelson Well, here I am in  the second month of experimenting with this wondrous herb. It isn’t easy trying to find the right … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and Medical Marijuana Revisited

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in”, Leonard Cohen-Anthem Cannabinophobia has resulted in a frenzy of political, medical, social and cultural chaos for generations in spite of the fact that this herb has been around … Continue reading

Posted in Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and medical marijuana, marihuana legalities, Michael Ware, THC and CBD, using cannabis for fibromyalgia | 4 Comments

Fibromyalgia and brain ‘zaps’

“There’s someone in my head, but it’s not me”, Pink Floyd Just as I thought that I had nothing new to write about I have discovered that the weird ‘brain’ sensations I have, which only lasts for moments, are common among … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and Happiness

“People are made happy by one thing and one thing only-pleasant sensations in their bodies”, Yuval Noah Harari What is happiness? Sometimes I think I have been seeking it my entire life and it still often eludes me. I want … Continue reading

Posted in anxious parents, central sensitization, Fibromyalgia, genetics and happiness, mindfulness meditation, past trauma, Yuval Noah Harari | 6 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Neuropathic Pain

“Pain is real when you get other people to believe in it”, Naomi Wolf As I have frequently written there are two kinds of pain: noiciceptive and neuropathic. Those of us with fibromyalgia suffer from the latter. It is the … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: The body holding on to past trauma

“The traumatic moment becomes encoded in an abnormal form of memory,  which breaks spontaneously into consciousness, both as flashbacks during waking states and as traumatic nightmares during sleep”, Judith Lewis Herman Trapped in our psyche, past traumas wind themselves into … Continue reading

Posted in Bessel Van Der Kolk, breathing, change the brain, Developmental Trauma Disorder, Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and stored trauma memories, mild exercise, mindfulness meditation, talk therapy, touch | 12 Comments

Fibromyalgia After Hip Surgery: A slow process

” Patience is a conquering virtue”, Geoffrey Chaucer So, the hip replacement happened almost three weeks ago. I had hoped that when I took my first step post operatively I would not have pain. So many people told me that … Continue reading

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The twins: Fibromyalgia/ PTSD

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment”, Judith Lewis Herman In my book almost a decade ago, I wrote about Gulf War syndrome … Continue reading

Posted in 'emotional intelligence', anxiety, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flashbaacks, pain, PTSD and fibromyalgia, resilience, sleep disturbances | 10 Comments

Fibromyalgia and teary,painful eyes

“Of all the senses, sight must be the most delightful”, Helen Keller

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Writing about Fibromyalgia: The psychological and physiological effects

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”, Maya Angelou A very interesting interview awhile ago on CBC Radio with Michael Enright as host. Dr. Suzanne Koven, who is a Massachusetts  General Hospital Writer-in Residence and a primary … Continue reading

Posted in chronic pain, Dr.Koven, Fibromyalgia, itching, narrative therapy, neuroplasticity, writing as therapy | 11 Comments

Fibromyalgia and the roller coaster of emotions

” You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face”, Eleanor Roosevelt In my view fibromyalgia is precipitated by the emotions of anxiety/fear which began perhaps in utero, but … Continue reading

Posted in adiemusfree, Carolyn Gimian and fear, Dr. Norman Doidge, fear and anxiety in fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, florence nightingale, hypervigilance in fibromyalgia, Mindful magazine, neuroplasticity, nurses and fibromyalgia, PTSD in the military, walking meditation and fibromyalgia | 12 Comments

Fibromyalgia and the ‘crafty’ person: knittin’ , hookin’ and stitchin’ as therapy

  “As I get older, I just prefer to knit”, Tracy Ullman In the Canadian Globe and Mail , Thursday, February 18, 2016, L5, featuring an article by Jane Brody, we read about the benefits of knitting as therapy. In fact, large … Continue reading

Posted in amygdala, betsan corkhill, colouring, creativity and fibromyalgia, Fibromyalgia, Jane Brody, making quilts, mindfulness meditation, Tara Jon Manning | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia: “what’s that smell”?

“For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little”, Rachel Carson Many of us with fibromyalgia are extremely sensitive to environmental stimulation … Continue reading

Posted in Fibromyalgia, fibromyalgia and sense of smell, multiple chemical sensitivities, smell as a neurological dysfunction | 8 Comments