Monthly Archives: July 2016

New Anti-depressant…old, but new

Today my psych nurse decided that I should try Wellbutrin again. The last time I tried it was in the 90’s and they didn’t use mood stabilizers to keep bipolar patients from going into mania.

I agreed to try it again since I am on a mood stabilizer now. Been on the same one for 3 1/2 years though she did just increased it a few weeks ago due to my losing touch with reality.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Eating Healthy with Fibromyalgia

Many people don’t realized just how hard eating healthy can be for someone with Fibromyalgia. I can’t just go grocery shopping and shop the whole store. I can only handle a quick trip which means it is harder to keep fresh, healthy food available without making multiple trips to the grocery store. Too much shopping can cause a flare.

Those of us with Fibromyalgia tend to rely heavily on convenience foods and frozen meals to make food preparation easier to handle. We don’t have the stamina for long grocery trips or cooking large meals and then cleaning up. Fast food becomes more frequent.

Of course our diets may enter into the reason why we have such bad flare-ups. There are some foods that are definitely not recommended for people with Fibromyalgia. Sugar is one of the major ones and if you have a gluten allergy, you have to watch the foods that contain gluten which is in a lot of convenience foods. Foods that we tend to eat a lot of due to the convenience and not wanting to up our pain by over-exerting ourselves.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Fibromyalgia and weight loss

Many of us with Fibromyalgia have a problem with weight loss as well. They don’t know if Fibromyalgia (and sedentary behavior) is caused by weight gain or if the weight problem is caused by Fibromyalgia.

Now for me I have been overweight most of my adult life after I had children. I didn’t exercise when I was younger. I was against it. I admit to laziness and disinterest even as a young adult. My arthritis started kicking in while I was in my mid-twenties. It got worse at a fast rate and so I have suffered from chronic pain since my late twenties starting with arthritis and degenerative disk disease. My spine is now close to halfway full of herniated discs or maybe worse by now.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2010 when a major flare was caused mainly by tension and stress of a job I couldn’t handle mentally. The pain in my body flared up. I had a pinched nerve or actually several. I went out on short term disability that eventually turned into SSDI permanent disability. The symptoms had been there all along it took that major flare to bring it into a diagnosis.

With Fibromyalgia we have to worry about over-extending ourselves and causing a major flare up to start. Fibromyalgia flare-ups come and go as things in life affect us. I do not have major pain everyday. Most days, but not every day. However it is easy to over-do and have to live through a severe flare.

Most of us can’t exercise without over doing it and the fact we’re sedentary doesn’t help our condition, but the pain causes the need to be sedentary to avoid as much pain as possible, a vicious circle.

I am currently in a bad flare. Thankfully the long walk through the outlet stores the other day didn’t put me down fully. I did have to stop and sit quite often though. I am in severe pain, but trying to at least get up out of bed for part of the day.

My chiropractor wants me to walk 5 minutes a day. Seems simple enough, but for someone with Fibromyalgia it’s not that simple. Granted I have other disorders going on as well and that affects the pain level and my ability to walk and climb steps. Curbs are difficult and I easily fall on them as I lose my balance due to my knees being in pain and locking up.

I don’t have access to a warm pool, but warm water exercising is another suggestion they have for exercise with Fibromyalgia.

Watching your diet is one way to try and lose weight, but usually has to be accompanied by exercise to work. My weight goes up and down. I don’t want to push through the pain to exercise. I haven’t found it beneficial, though it might help some.

I have been told that I have given up on life and am no longer a fighter. Well I might have given up at this point. It comes and goes with my moods from the bipolar, but I am a fighter or I wouldn’t have gotten this far in life with what I have been through.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Opioids (AKA Narcotics) for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Many people take opioids for pain relief. Studies are inconclusive as to whether they really work on Fibromyalgia or not. I took them for a few years and they would take the edge off only. It is getting harder to find a doctor who prescribes them with all the bad publicity recently.

I can no longer take them as they can be dangerous with some drugs and I take psychiatric drugs and those combinations can be lethal. My doctor won’t even prescribe Tramadol which is not a narcotic according to some studies, but it can cause a problem in combination with psychiatric drugs. Though the pain can be excruciating, I can’t take more than an NSAID because I must have the psychiatric drugs more than opioid pain relief.

Your best bet for Opioid prescriptions is a certified pain doctor. That’s their specialty. Most other doctors will not or cannot prescribe them.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Injections for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

My rheumatologist is my Fibromyalgia specialist. I also have arthritis and Degenerative Disc Disease so he treats me for all three.

When I have specific pain areas he will use injections in the trigger points to help with pain. The injections are part Lidocaine (an analgesic) and a steroid. He limits these injections because I have Diabetes and therefore the shots will raise my sugar levels due to the steroid in them.

I have also had full steroid injections directly into my neck and back from my pain doctor. These shots were more for the DDD (Degenerative Disc Disease in my spine).

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Muscle Relaxants for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief

Another possible pain relief tip is the use of muscle relaxants. Although these are not intended for long term use they can help with pain caused by muscle spasms. Some of them also cause drowsiness for those of you who suffer insomnia like me.

I must warn you that there are many doctors out there that don’t believe in using muscle relaxants and won’t prescribe them. I have run into a few of these doctors over the years.

When I first had neck and back pain my PCP prescribed a few days worth of a muscle relaxant and sent me to an orthopedic doctor. He refused to give me a prescription for them as his office did not believe in them or dispense them. I ran into the same problem with the pain doctor I went to.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems


A great article about Self Pride!

All About Healthy Choices

motivational-wallpaper-self-esteem-1080x608It starts the same way for all of us. We are born as infants fully reliant on our parents or caregivers to supply our every need. We slowly begin to develop both physically and mentally and begin to integrate our existence with the lives of others. We develop these skills as a result of nurturing or the innate will for instinctive survival.

At some point during this developmental phase we approach a fork in the road. Some follow the fork that leads to new opportunities for growth and personal development; others maintain the only path they have ever known, the path of simple survival.


As we traverse these two paths, the experiences we encounter lead to the development of our CHARACTER. This, in essence, is the integration of all our experiences resulting in the principles we follow to live our lives. These experiences shape our morals, and ethics providing…

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Housing promise – maybe, maybe not…

Well, most of the people I have told about the promised housing when my dad passes and I posted “God Works in Mysterious Ways”, well it might not be a message from God nor for the good.

Everyone seems to think she is expecting me to offer her a  home now since she doesn’t have one and has no money. I can’t help her and I have a lot of cons to the whole thing. I don’t think it came from God at all.

I tried calling her like she demanded and no answer. She has not returned the calls. I emailed her that I have no money for rent and I am not being her house slave for several reasons. There are strings attached and I stated my cons.

No return email or phone calls and now I am hoping she is just going to fade out of my life. She is not the same person I knew at work. The whole phone call made me feel weird although my elation that I had somewhere to go at first wiped out my cautious attitude.

She helped me at work when I needed it and I thought she was an angel and like all angels they leave when their purpose is over. I was fine with that thought, but now she has me very upset and I was so upset the other day I self-harmed. I bit the hell out of my palm and drew blood.

Still perplexed,

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate For Mental And Invisible Illnesses

-Author Of Articles, Stories And Poems

Weekly Smile #28 #weeklysmile

A good way to think of something that makes you happy.

Trent's World (the Blog)

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Back in early December I read a Facebook post that inspired me to try an experiment.  Here is a paraphrase of that post:

“There are days I go in search of the kind, compassionate, loving and beautiful. Despite what we sometimes see on the news, FB and elsewhere, there is much more beauty in the world than ugliness, much more kindness than hate or cruelty. Perhaps we should all have a goal to make at least one person smile every day.”

So I started to do a daily post, A Smile A Day.  I hung on to the end of December and had a total of 28 posts.  I found it wasn’t easy.  Yes, I have a lot to be thankful for and there are plenty of smiles in there, but to write a post every day about it is difficult.  So I decided to try it…

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