You know that feeling when you first start to feel sick and your body just starts to shut down on you? Your head starts to pound, your throats hurts, your ears ring and your whole body aches? You feel like if you don’t find a pillow and a flat surface in the next 15 mins you might actually just collapse? That’s sort of what the opening salvo of a fibro flare feels like.
Triggers of a flare can include, but are not limited to:
a wind from the east
the arrival of a new dawn
walking up stairs
a flock of crows flying out of a tree at once
the Flying Dutchman
the wail of the Banshee
the Green Lady of Stirling Castle
Low pressure systems in the Antarctic.
Of course this list is by no means extensive, and the treatments are as varied as the causes, so try anything from sleeping for 40 days, to incantations, to goofa powder.
If it sounds crazy, that’s because it is. If it sounds made up, it’s not. They just have so little understanding of what causes a flare that those of us with fibromyalgia (aka mysterious muscular and joint pain with no explanation) are just over here doing our best to be normal. Ish.
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I write about issues that are near to my heart, be they political, feminist, motherhood, mental health, or, as the title holds, books.
A thirty-something Canadian woman in my mid-thirties, I have been "super married" to my high school sweetheart since 2006, and together we have two crazy, clever, kind, hilarious, wonderful kids.
My first book - How Not To Blog: Finding Myself, One Post at a Time is available on Amazon (in eBook formats for you clever tech readers, and paperback for those of us who love that new book smell!)
I have tried a podcast - it's still on Apple and Google Podcasts - but writing is where my heart is.
My life changed dramatically when my husband was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer in 2018, and I am now a writer for a leading Canadian Cancer Non-Profit.
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