If you must have chocolate, choose dark chocolate


If you must have chocolate, choose dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is supposed to be good for pain including Fibromyalgia. Dark chocolate has more cocoa in it and that is supposed to help with pain. Don’t eat the milk chocolate and white chocolate and expect the same results. Plus they have more sugar in them.

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 Dizziness, Balance & Falls


Fibromyalgia Dizziness, Balance & Falls

Balance problems and falling are a problem for me. I have even fallen down the steps several times which is why the kids made me move to a ground floor room.

My rheumatologist is also concerned with my balance problems and wanted to set me up with physical therapy. He even talked to the one in the same building colleague to colleague about finances, but it turned out that they were not in my insurance’s network. The PT/Dr there gave me two free visits and a bunch of exercises to do to help with this. I have been to balance therapy before.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Disability is not a vacation


It is amazing to me how many people assume if you are on disability you are lazy and are available to do things for them or others.

Most people would rather work than lie around in pain all day and night. This is not how I would spend my vacation.

Remember people disability is not a vacation. Be it mental or physical disability most of us aren’t able to be someone’s back up plan or even the first thought when something comes up.

Use your head and have sympathy and don’t expect your family or friends on disability to be your go to person when things come up.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Can Fibromyalgia Cause Osteoporosis?


Can Fibromyalgia Cause Osteoporosis?

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Diabetes: Insulin ranges still unknown


I think the only one is the slow acting insulin that can be totally regulated. I think the one for each meal will have to be done and the necessary insulin injected, but what do I know?

My poor belly is getting so bruised from all the shots. I am trying to figure out how to use a different area each time so it isn’t as painful.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

How to Survive the Summer Heat with Fibromyalgia


How to Survive the Summer Heat with Fibromyalgia

I am absolutely miserable during summer and burn within 15 minutes and 30 minutes with sunscreen. I try to avoid the summer heat.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com

Bipolar:Over the Rainbow or Down the Rabbit Hole


Just can’t win. Mood swings and never know where I am going to land. And antidepressant has me sleeping my life away solidly. Barely aware of phone or alarm.

Still physically ill. And my tummy is purple from the injections of insulin. Oh what joy!

I hope to rejoin the community fully someday soon. Still can’t type.

Teresa (Tessa) Dean Smeigh

-Advocate for Mental and Invisible Illnesses

-Author of Articles, Stories and Poems

http://www.tessacandoit.com

http://www.finallyawriter.com