Fibromyalgia and Flare-Ups


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Fibromyalgia flare-ups are one of those things that come along to remind you that just when you thought you were getting a handle on managing your fibromyalgia, it can always seem to get worse for no reason.

The sudden intense pain and fatigue can immediately cancel any plans you had for that day or even week. And they make coping with your fibromyalgia much more difficult.

But what exactly is a fibromyalgia flare up? And what can you do about them?

What Is A Fibromyalgia Flare-Up?

Put simply, a fibromyalgia flare-up is a sudden increase in the level of your fibromyalgia symptoms. This flare-up can take the form of especially severe pain or increased fatigue. So essentially, a fibromyalgia flare-up is just a period of time when the basic level of pain, fatigue, and mental fog you normally feel with fibromyalgia is much worse than it usually is.

So if you suddenly feel much more tired than usual, feel intense pain in a certain part of your body, or feel like you can’t focus on anything, you’re likely having a fibromyalgia flare-up.

While no one is sure exactly what is happening during a fibromyalgia flare up that makes these symptoms worse, there are definitely a number of things that seem to trigger them.

What Causes A Fibromyalgia Flare-Up?

There are a lot of different things that can cause a fibromyalgia flare up. The weather, for instance, is a common trigger. Sudden shifts in the pressure in the air cause fibromyalgia to suddenly get worse for a lot of people.

Diet can also play a major role. Some people with fibromyalgia can’t eat certain foods without triggering a fibromyalgia flare up, which makes identifying and avoiding those foods a constant concern.

Another trigger is a lack of sleep. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have identified that a lack of sleep is a major contributing factor in fibromyalgia symptoms. Of course, we all know that fibromyalgia makes it pretty difficult to get a good night’s rest, but a few nights tossing and turning more than usual can definitely trigger a flare-up.

Too much exercise can also trigger flare-ups. Now, exercise is great for helping manage your fibromyalgia, but make sure not to push yourself too hard, as too much exertion triggers flare-ups.

But the most common trigger by far is probably stress. Doctors have known for a long time that stress is bad for your body in many ways. It can cause weight gain and shorten your lifespan. And being stressed out is also the surest way to trigger fibromyalgia flare ups in a lot of people.

What Can You Do About It?

There are a few things you can do that may help to make your fibromyalgia flare-ups easier to deal with.

First, and most obvious, you want to avoid the types of things that trigger flare-ups in the first place. Make sure you’re sticking to as regular a sleeping schedule as you can. The extra sleep will help prevent flare-ups. Second, avoid stress as much as possible. Obviously, life is stressful, especially when you have fibromyalgia, but anything you can do to help you be less stressed is going to help enormously with avoiding flare-ups. Meditation, yoga, or even just breathing exercises can all help you feel more centered and less stressed.

But if you can’t avoid a flare up, there are also things you can do to help tone down the pain you’re feeling.


Begin with your medication. If your doctors prescribed something to help you deal with flares, take it regularly. Don’t skip any doses, even if you feel like you’re getting better. A flare can suddenly get worse after it begins to feel better. It’s also helpful to take medication if you feel like a fibromyalgia flare-up might be coming on. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Set Boundaries

It’s also a good idea to be proactive about managing your daily life when you’re dealing with fibromyalgia flare-ups. Let people around you know that you’re having a tough time. Don’t take on any added responsibility at work or home. And don’t do anything or deal with people that could make you feel stressed out. Stress will only make your symptoms worse.

Set personal boundaries with the people who depend on you. Let them know that you need them to let you rest.

Catch Up On Sleep

And if you can, use the opportunity to catch up on sleep. Getting some rest will really help your fibromyalgia flare ups resolve themselves faster and be less severe. While it’s not easy to sleep through a flare up, you may be able to get medication that will help you sleep with a doctor. But even if you can’t, any rest you can get is the best way to manage a flare-up.

Manage Your Diet

Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet. You may be tempted during a bad flare up to crawl into bed and eat easy-to-prepare junk food. While that’s perfectly understandable, it won’t help your symptoms. Maintaining a healthy diet with plenty of balanced nutrients and vitamins will help you resolve your flare-ups and prevent them in the future.

These tips can help you deal with flare-ups. But if you get flare-ups regularly, the best thing to do is talk to your doctor. A doctor who specializes in fibromyalgia will know about the most effective treatments, and can even give you some advice about how to manage your daily life to better avoid flare-ups. You can find a list of doctors who specialize in your area at the National Fibromyalgia Research Foundation.

Even if you already have a doctor, finding one who deals with fibromyalgia patients regularly can be helpful. They will be more aware of the best treatments and research.

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Happy Festivus!

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Festivus is held on December 23rd each year. In a 1997 episode of the popular television comedy, Seinfeld, Festivus was brought to the masses when Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller) explains he invented Festivus in response to the commercialism of Christmas. Its slogan is “A Festivus for the rest of us.”

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Festivus traditions derived from the television episode and the original creator have been combined over the years.

festivus poleThe Festivus pole is an unadorned aluminum pole displayed in the home. In the O’Keefe household, there was no Festivus pole, but instead, a clock was placed in a bag and nailed to the wall.



MeatloafFestivus dinner is served during the evening. Meatloaf is a Festivus favorite.



The Airing of Grievances occurs during Festivus dinner. Each person takes turns describing how the others have disappointed him or her over the past year.

Feats of Strength follows dinner and involves wrestling the head of the household. The holiday is not complete unless the head of the household is pinned. Failure to pin the head of the household could result in perpetual Festivus.

A Festivus Miracle is a frequent if unimpressive miracle. Carrying in all the groceries into the house for Festivus Dinner without tripping or dropping one of the bags could be considered a Festivus Miracle.


Use #Festivus to post on social media.

However you celebrate, don’t be afraid to get ya’ party on! 😀



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“Pariah Bound: The Lonesome Poetry” by James Pack #FREE

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“Pariah Bound: The LonsomePoetry”

By: James Pack

Genre: Poetry/YA

Release Date: September 14, 2017

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The complete collection of poetry by James Pack. The poetry in this collection was written between 2002-2016. Gripping poems of a struggling youth and fantastical fictional narrative poetry for all ages. Pariah Bound comprises all the emotions and dreams of a young man still discovering his place in this world. With over 250 poems, there is something for everyone in this complete collection.


James PackJames Pack is a graduate of Full Sail University with a Master of Science Degree in Entertainment Business. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona majoring in Theatre Arts with a minor in Creative Writing.

James has worked for several theaters throughout Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, and Arizona. These theaters included summer stocks and local theaters that hosted touring productions such as Broadway tours and Cirque du Soleil shows. He has experience working in all areas of theatre from set building, sound engineering and design, stage management, wardrobe, lighting, and some work on stage.

James has self-published several collections of poetry and short fiction. He has another collection of short fiction coming in the fall of 2018 and he is working on his first novel. He maintains his blog with local Tucson commentary and occasional tips and tricks for writers, businesses, and entertainers. He has hosted several workshops and panels at conventions and festivals.

James continues to manage his production company, VaudVil, in Tucson, AZ. He has several projects in book publishing, music production, film, and live entertainment. He is a member of the board for the Tucson Fringe Theater Festival and he volunteers at Tucson’s Public Access television station. For more information about VaudVil, please visit

“Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink” by Anthony McCarten

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“Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England Back from the Brink”

By: Anthony McCarten

Genre: Biographical/British Prime Ministers/WWII

Release Date: November 7, 2017

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From the acclaimed novelist and screenwriter of The Theory of Everything comes a revelatory look at the period immediately following Winston Churchill’s ascendancy to Prime Minister—soon to be a major motion picture starring Gary Oldman.

“He was speaking to the nation, the world, and indeed to history…”

May 1940. Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall in rapid succession to Nazi boot and shell. Invasion seems mere hours away.

Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must deal with this horror—as well as a skeptical King, a party plotting against him, and an unprepared public. Pen in hand and typist-secretary at the ready, how could he change the mood and shore up the will of a nervous people?

In this gripping day-by-day, often hour-by-hour account of how an often uncertain Churchill turned Britain around, the celebrated Bafta-winning writer Anthony McCarten exposes sides of the great man never seen before. He reveals how he practiced and re-wrote his key speeches, from ‘Blood, toil, tears and sweat’ to ‘We shall fight on the beaches’; his consideration of a peace treaty with Nazi Germany, and his underappreciated role in the Dunkirk evacuation; and, above all, how 25 days helped make one man an icon.

Using new archive material, McCarten reveals the crucial behind-the-scenes moments that changed the course of history. It’s a scarier—and more human—story than has ever been told.


Anthony McCarten is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet.

Anthony McCarten’s debut novel, Spinners, won international acclaim and was followed by The English Harem, award-winning Death of a Superhero, and Show of Hands, all four books being translated into fourteen languages.

McCarten has also written twelve stage plays, including the worldwide success Ladies’ Night, which won France’s Molière Prize, the Meilleure Pièce Comique, in 2001, and Via Satellite, which he adapted into a feature film and directed, premiered at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

Also a film-maker, he has thrice adapted his own plays or novels into feature films, most recently Death Of A Superhero (2011) which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Anthony divides his time between London and Los Angeles.

#Review “Transfer: An Urban Fantasy Romance” by Jordan C. Robinson

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“Transfer: An Urban Fantasy Romance”

by Jordan C. Robinson

Genre: Paranormal & Urban/New Adult/Romance

Release Date: November 9, 2017

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3/5 Stars

Recent college graduate, Will Patterson is dying from an unknown ‘illness.’ Tossing his degree aside, Will implements operation One Year Left and heads to the Pacific-Northwest to operate a food truck with his best friend.

I won’t claim to know how someone with a terminal diagnosis should behave IRL or in literature, but Will annoyed me.

Re-locating is a big step for Will and out-of-character. The problem for me was Will’s apathy for his own situation. There was no, “Yeah, let’s do this!” or even, “What’s the point in trying? I’ll be dead in a year.” He was lukewarm milquetoast, schlepping along, dragging every ounce of anxiety and low self-esteem he could muster right along with him.

When he arrives at his Portland apartment—rented via the Internet—he meets his new roommate, Kristen… and heads back down the slippery slope of falling for the closest female in his vicinity. (Okay, maybe that’s just how it seemed to me.)

Will’s history with women is less than stellar—because he has the personality of notebook paper—and it is almost painful to be inside his head. He second guesses everything, always choosing a negative conclusion for which he blames himself. Again… painful.

Kristen isn’t much better. Her dismal track record with relationships is supposedly because of her issues with her adulterous father. Does she self-consciously sabotage herself by picking losers?

Awkward love can be cute and adorable and can grow into something explosive and life-altering.

I didn’t feel that with Will and Kristen. Their friendship felt forced in the beginning, but they got to a comfortable place. The spider scene is too cute. But when they both daydreamed about taking it to the next level, I wanted to scream, “NO! Don’t do it!” Their individual histories aren’t just bad, I’d be willing to be to bet there are deep psychological wounds. The last thing these two need is a relationship… especially with each other. They would have been wiser to concentrate on the friendship—which was nice—instead of ‘forcing’ the matter. They both seemed needy and whiny, and at times… TSTL.

Case in point—they FINALLY decide to have ‘the talk’ the day after Kristen’s birthday party. Will is hung over AND healing after an encounter with some baddies and Kristen wakes him in the early afternoon to have ‘the talk’. She’s sad because he doesn’t seem focused… but still wants to have ‘the talk’, yet she announces she’s going on a getaway with her besties and they’re WAITING IN THE CAR!!! *Kindle-flinging moment* He’s all fuzzy-headed and already convinced himself she wants nothing to do with him, so he tells her they’ll talk when she gets back, and she leaves.

And I wanted to leave too.

On some level, I understood, Kristen’s issues, but terminally ill, socially anxious Will was an unexplained, emotional mystery.

As for his ‘illness’, huh? He suffers from bouts of extreme strength and energy (superhero?) which pretty much leave him exhausted and unconscious after using them. Portland is also home to an ‘organization’ (PISP) doing research into cases like Will’s, so win-win, right?

Unfortunately, no. The evil empire has nefarious intentions and is out to kill Will… and Kristen. However, despite the car crashes, fires, and guns, guns, guns, I never once felt like the lead characters were in any danger. And neither did they. Who strolls down public streets, has romantic dinners or goes on weekend getaways when someone is trying to kill them? To be fair to Will and Kristen, PISP didn’t inspire much fear… or cause for it.

The ending is HEA…kinda, sorta, but is Will still dying? Who’s the Guardian? And what does Chandler want?

I enjoy this author’s work and wanted to love this well-written story, but underdeveloped characters made it a missed connection for ME.  That’s not to say others wouldn’t enjoy this quirky, new adult fantasy romance.