Category Archives: sleep disturbances

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: the overmedicated ‘patient’

“America is one of the few advanced nations that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs, Robert Reich BigPharma makes huge profits from those of us suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety,  itching, digestive issues- to name a few of … Continue reading

Posted in acupuncture, anxiety, BigPharma, de-prescribing, depression, digestive upsets, Fibromyalgia, Gabapentin/Lyrica, homeopathy, pain, polypharmacy, sleep disturbances, supplements, vitamins and herbs | 11 Comments

Medications, Medications and more Medications: Fibromyalgia Medicalized

“Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”,Voltaire Those of us with chronic conditions are constantly seeking relief from the myriad of … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: Trauma, Sleep disturbances, Night terrors, Sleep walking, Nightmares

“Trauma is so arresting that traumatized people will focus on it compulsively”, Peter Levine There are so many various kinds of sleep disturbances that it becomes somewhat of a check list to differentiate between them all. Some of us suffer … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia: Numbness, Tingling, Pins and Needles

” The world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it”, Helen Keller A condition called paresthesia results in numbness, tingling and pins and needles in the limbs, due to disturbances in the nerve pathways. Those of … Continue reading

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