Hey, Guys, this post is a little bit more personal, I created this makeup look for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day which is May 12th, I wanted to share this look and talk to you about Fibromyalgia.
How Fibromyalgia Has Effected My Life
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia last year after I started to notice I was getting random pains in my joints. Since then my symptoms have increased to include brain fog, tiredness, and exhaustion, as well as insomnia just to name a few.
Suffering from fibromyalgia has increased my anxiety and depression, I find I mostly feel this more when I’m feeling exhausted or having pain for days on end. I can sometimes have trouble sleeping because my legs or ankles are hurting and I find it hard to get comfortable.
I wanted to share this post in hopes of creating more awareness about the condition, Fibromyalgia isn’t a curable condition and it has many symptoms that people with the condition can experience including, ‘pain in many different muscles and bones, tenderness or stiffness in the muscles or bones, tiredness, difficulties in sleeping. But also problems with concentration & memory, anxiety, depression or emotional distress, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs.’*
I already suffered from irritable bowel syndrome type symptoms before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, people who have the condition often can have multiple conditions.
Sleeping can be hard for me especially if I’m having flareups of reflux and fibro at the same time, I often have to sleep propped up on pillows so that I’m not laying flat. Which isn’t great for my back, It can be hard to get comfortable and I will wake up with muscle stiffness.
I’m still learning how to read my body but it can be hard especially when you have multiple conditions, suffering from food intolerances, anxiety, depression, and fibromyalgia can be hard. I try not to let it get me down but I will admit that’s not always easy. My blog and my art are my places where I can spend time and create whatever I want and I can do it around my illnesses.
The one thing I feel lucky about is that I have a supportive family and I have some new friends who are going through similar things that I can talk to when I need to vent.
Fibromyalgia is more common than I thought it affects around 2-5 % of the population, it’s more common in young to middle-aged women. People with fibro can find that their symptoms can change over time and are often flared up during times of stress or to things such as heat, cold, light, smell.
For more information you can check out the links below, I sourced some of my information from HealthDirect.gov.au but you can find some more detailed information via these links:
Thanks for reading my post, On May 12th I would love if you could wear purple and take a selfie, post it on Facebook, Instagram or wherever to help raise awareness for people with Fibromyalgia.
If you suffer from Fibromyalgia feel free to leave a comment I love meeting other Fibro warriors, if you don’t I hope that I’ve helped you in understanding what it can be like for people with the condition.
I would also love for you to check out my fellow Fibro Warrior & cruelty-free makeup lover, Claire’s blog Peace Love Makeup Fashion, she’s been really supportive of me and my work so I just wanted to give her a shout out. She is new to the blogging game, so she hasn’t got much up yet but I know she is going to be amazing. Finger crossed we might do a collab sometime in the near future I hope.
I used so many products to create this look so I won’t be listing them because that’s not what this post is about but if you have any questions feel free to ask me and I’ll answer as best as I can.