Monthly Archives: January 2017

Grandson on his way to boot camp for the US Marine Corps


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Me, middle is my grandson leaving for boot camp Monday and on the right is my son. Been thinking alot about when I was a Marine wife and the life on the base. I miss it and it was 40 years ago.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Tessa wobbles and she falls down…


Now I didn’t fall this time, but withdrawing from drugs is brutal. I felt bad enough just going down to 30 mg, smallest dose they have. So last night I didn’t have one. It is every other night for a week. Well this morning, my head felt like it was going to explode and felt about 100 lbs all by itself. I felt really top heavy. What a horrible day. I can’t wait until this is done, but I still have 1 or 2 drugs to do after this.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Coping with hair loss from Fibromyalgia


When you have fibromyalgia, so many areas of your life are affected, including your hair. This progressive condition causes changes within the body, and one common side-effect is hair loss. Now I had hair loss, but it wasn’t so bad that anybody would notice. I was one of the lucky ones.

  1. Remember It’s Not Forever – Hair loss from fibromyalgia is only temporary. Your hair will grow back.
  2. Experiment with Wigs – While you’re waiting for your natural locks to return, you can use synthetic or real hair pieces to cover the loss. Wigs are commonly used by fibro patients during periods of hair loss.
  3. Treat Scalp Pain – Some patients with fibro experience scalp pain along with hair loss. For some, the scalp pain alone can be difficult to deal with. Your scalp may feel as if it’s on fire, and a simple brush stroke can increase the pain. In most cases, this pain is a sensation from disrupted nerve signals, and your doctor may be able to prescribe a medication to reduce this symptom. Check with your fibro doctor.
  4. Pain in the Hair – While most healthy people don’t experience pain in the hair itself, some fibro patients feel pain within their hair strands. A hair tie or brush of the hair with your fingers can be more than enough to send pain signals radiating through your body. This was another thing I experienced. Seems weird, but it is true.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

My newest post is on IBPF.com on Bipolar and getting a diagnosis


My newest post on International Bipolar Foundation has posted:

http://www.ibpf.org/blog/are-you-ready-diagnosis

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

I believe in MIRACLES – cyst in breast is gone, normal mammo


I am so relieved I could dance if it didn’t hurt so much. Instead I will praise and thank God for this miracle. Miracles can and DO happen.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Fibromyalgia Tender Points


This article contains a chart of the tender points. I am in full flare and that is every point hurting and touching them will send me through the roof.

I am putting the URL of the article so others who are unfamiliar with it or have forgotten some of them like I have and go to the hospital just to find out it is just the tender point from the fibromyalgia filled with inflammation. Maybe you can save yourself some hospital or doctor trips.

http://healthiculture.com/fibromyalgia/newsletter/tenderpoints/points-1.php

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com