This post is a little bit more personal, I created this makeup look for Fibromyalgia Awareness Day which is on May 12th, I wanted to share this look and talk to you about Fibromyalgia.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia a couple of years ago 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.
My aim in share this post is obviously to share awareness about the Fibromyalgia, I’m going to talk about What Fibromyalgia is? and How it has effected my life. I’ll be including some information on Fibro but you can also find some links at the bottom of this post incase you are looking for more information.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia isn’t a curable condition and it has many symptoms that people with the Fibro 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.’ – sourced from healthdirect.gov.au
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.– sourced from healthdirect.gov.au
People with Fibromyalgia can also have multiple conditions, meaning they also suffer from other chronic illnesses for example.
How Fibromyalgia Has Effected My Life
Suffering from fibromyalgia hasn’t been easy but chronic illnesses rarely are, I have personally found that it has increased both my anxiety and depression, I find I mostly feel this more when I’m feeling really exhausted or having pain for days on end. During times of flare ups I have trouble sleeping because my legs or ankles are hurting because I find it hard to get comfortable.
I suffer from irritable bowel syndrome type symptoms which is also common among sufferers but I was diagnosed before being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, people who have the condition can like I said often 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 that I can talk to when I need to vent.
Thank you 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 whatever she is going to do will to be amazing.
If you were wondering what products I used to create this look I decided not to include them in this post because this post was about awareness for Fibromyalgia but if you have any questions feel free to ask me and I’ll answer as best as I can.
For more information on Fibromyalgia 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:
I hope you enjoyed this post,
until next time, I hope you have a lovely day.
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