Mental Illness and Relationships (Part one)

When I was diagnosed with bipolar, I had been suffering from it for around 15 years untreated. During that time I was date-raped on my grad night and had only one serious relationship that ended badly. I even became obsessed with a man who only ever saw me as a friend. On top of this …

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Joe Btfsplk

Bet you can't say that 10 times fast! LOL! Here is the description of Joe from the Wikipedia entry for the "Li'l Abner" comic strip. Joe Btfsplk: The world's worst jinx, Joe Btfsplk had a perpetually dark rain cloud over his head. Instantaneous bad luck befell anyone unfortunate enough to be in his vicinity. Though …

Fibromyalgia and Sleep – The Cause and Effect and What it’s Like

I am reblogging this because I could never write anything so accurate, heartfelt and informative on the subjects of fibromyalgia and sleep deprivation. I learned a whole lot about FM and I have been diagnosed with it for about 16 years now! Please read it if you know me or someone else with FM.

Chaos, Cats and Chronic Pain

Its a basic equation. Every body needs sleep. During sleep we go through ‘cycles’ of activity in our brain when different things happen. Everyone has heard of REM sleep, for instance, as the part of the cycle where you dream.

People with fibromyalgia do not reach the deepest level of sleep. This is the part of the overall cycle where your body repairs itself, when particular hormones are released to make these essential repairs.

I think everybody knows what its like to be tired.
I think everybody knows what it feels like when you have overdone physical activity and have your muscles ache.
And I think everybody knows what its like to pull/strain/tear a muscle.

But most people feel better after a good night’s sleep or two. Simply because, normally, the brain works during sleep – or to look at it another way, it uses sleep – to rebuild and…

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