Friday, June 17, 2011

Clean teeth and oh what some B Complex can do!

I've been looking up different supplements today.  So far the supplement that looks the best for me is Magnesium Malate, which I found reviewed for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients here.  I've been drinking a lot of tea lately, so I've been brushing my teeth extra good.  I have a white smile with no cavities, and I want to keep it that way.  :-)  My toothbrush has been my best friend since I was six.  Yeah, my teeth are very white, but I also have brushed, flossed, and used Listerine or Crest Prohealth all my life.  So it's not like I don't keep them super clean.  It just annoys me when people say something to me about my teeth like I should feel guilty about it and then they only brush their teeth once a week and don't even know how to use dental floss.

I have been taking sublingual liquid B Complex and it has actually changed my life!  When people make those claims from a vitamin I usually have the *roll my eyes* reaction, but I tried taking this anyway and it's amazing.  I have the energy to walk to go to the fridge to get a soda, the energy to shower (though I still have to use my shower chair), the energy to do simple things for myself, like wash a glass or a saucer.  It's amazing!  I can't tell you enough how awesome this stuff is.  Here is mine:

my dad always warned me that if I made faces and got scared my face would stay that way

So I'm really excited about the B Complex.  Mine is sublingual, so I put it under my tongue for 30 seconds before I swallow it.  It doesn't taste good, but it isn't as bad as Women's One a Day vitamin mix.  I am amazed at the difference.  These changes are huge for me.  Since B Complex has been such a success I am very interested in Magnesium Malate and what it may be able to do for me.  Has anyone reading this tried it yet?  

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Health Activist Writer's Challenge: I write about my health because...

Day 6  "I write about my health because..."  Reflect on why you write, in writing.  Meta!

I write about my health because I want to do three things: journal out my feelings; share my life with others who have fibromyalgia; make other people aware of fibromyalgia. ;-)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Health Activist Writer's Challenge: Health Haiku

Day 5  Health Haiku. 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables about your condition.  Write a few if you'd like.

Okay, I'm not good at haikus and over the years I've pretty much declared war on any teacher cruel enough to make me write one.  Then there is also the fact that I absolutely hate haikus!  Here goes my best try...

Pain and fatigue overwhelm me
Most days I am strong

This is me attempting a haiku

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Health Activist Writer's Challenge: Ludicrous Headline or Cure

Day 4  Ludicrous Headline or Cure.  Do a news search and choose a ridiculous headline or proposed cure about your condition and write what you think about it.  Can't find one?  Write your own.

I once had a comment on my YouTube video about fibromyalgia awareness that sunflower seeds are a cure for fibromyalgia.  Yes, I'm serious, someone actually left that as a comment.  They said that sun flower seeds cured their fibromyalgia and it will cure mine.  I have this to say: if sunflowers cure anything, it's a hunger for sunflower seeds!  Fibromyalgia has treatments, but does not have a cure.  I hate that many people in pain are taken advantage of, often by expensive supplement sellers or e-book sellers, that promise to cure fibromyalgia, or any chronic illness.  I have even been desperate enough to try one of these cures, even though I know better.  A person does silly things when they are desperate.  I ended up having a slight allergic reaction to the "medicine."  I also got a one month supply from the "inventor" for a trial basis.  I want to end this post with a warning to anyone who is desperate enough to try a "cure."  There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are treatments.  If you decide to try a "cure" anyway, please be careful, check for any allergic reactions you may have, and check with your doctor before starting anything new.  Take care my fellow fibromites!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Health Activist Writer's Challenge: Yahoo Answers Post

Day 3  Yahoo Answers Post - Pretend you are writing a question about your condition - it can be as silly/humorous as you want.  Now answer it.  (Remember: Your answer can be just as silly.)


Can you catch fibromyalgia from a toilet seat?  no
Can you catch it from having sex or sharing dirty needles?  no
Can fibromyalgia kill you?  no 

Fibromyalgia is not contagious.  You cannot catch it from a toilet seat, sex, or sharing dirty needles.  You may catch a lot of other things, though, say like hepatitis, from sex and/or sharing dirty needles.  Fibromyalgia will not kill you.  There are deaths related to fibromyalgia, like suicide, but fibromyalgia itself doesn't kill you.