Tag Archives: Stress

Stories about the impact of stress for those with dysautonomia, a chronic health condition or anyone else taking life too fast

Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 1 “Meditating like a Mad Woman”

How to find more balance in your life – by “Meditating like a Mad Woman” of course!

If you had asked me two years ago what I thought about meditation, you would have got a scoff, a sniff and even perhaps an eyeball roll.

I had had some experience of trying it before but I often came out wondering what visualising, body scanning and breathing actually did for me (other than the obvious!!).

What I hadn’t appreciated was the calm I often felt during and after doing it.  Me thinks now my head was probably just buzzing a bit much for me to see the wood for the trees!! Continue reading Finding Balance in the Madness – Chapter 1 “Meditating like a Mad Woman”

Living with Dysautomonia and EDS – Chapter 2 “The Poo Truck”

What living with dysautonomia and EDS feels like – “The Poo Truck”

My wham bam health issues appeared in November 2014. However, looking back, before my ‘tsunami’ of symptoms hit, a slow trickle of odd symptoms had appeared.  I’d been under quite a bit of stress from a job for a period of 6 months and I had a few odd, isolated bodily symptoms occur (which I can now recognise as the early warning signs).  I had weird aches in my hands, I was thirstier than normal, I was wired and tired, I got the shakes when under pressure and I started getting weird nightmares on top of insomnia (Dennis the Menace flying spider kind of nightmares).  I then experienced the ‘oh god I feel shit I must be unfit’ after pilates (come on?) and I had my first proper almighty so-called panic attack (an ambulance job).  But many of these were simply explained away as stress related reactions.

Then I sealed my fate by visiting some hot springs for the day in late November 2014.  Continue reading Living with Dysautomonia and EDS – Chapter 2 “The Poo Truck”

About Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – “Pushing through Fatigue”

What living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome feels like – “Pushing through Fatigue”

I just watched a really informative video by Dr Alan Pocinki who specializes in treating patients with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (link here). Whilst it is specific to EDS and people who have hypermobility the themes in here are very relevant to anyone who suffers from fatigue so read on… Continue reading About Ehlers Danlos Syndrome – “Pushing through Fatigue”

Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 1 “Supercharged”

What living with dysautonomia and EDS feels like – “Supercharged out of my Head”

Yup you guessed it, another shitful attack. God, this body is a pain in the neck.

My meds were changed 3 weeks ago because of adrenaline issues, I had reduced my meetings and the intensity of my exercise program and was doing really well.

Then I changed something.  Moved my usual morning exercise to the evening last night, evidently when the impact of my glory wonder drugs were at their lowest, and had a sleep from hell.    Continue reading Living with Dysautonomia and EDS – Chapter 1 “Supercharged”

Nikki Albert: Living well with chronic illness

This week, I would like to introduce you to Nikki Albert who runs the brainlessblogger blog.  Nikki manages chronic migraines, fibromyalgia and major depressive disorder.  Here’s her frank and insightful account of her story.

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Sheryl Chan: Living well with chronic illness

Sheryl Chan runs “A Chronic Voice”, a health, wellness and chronic illness blog.  She shares her experiences in hope that it raises awareness on silent disabilities, and to let others know they are not alone in this.  Here’s a little more on her thoughts about living well with chronic illness.

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Candice Mes: Living well with chronic illness

This week I’d like to introduce Candice Mes. Candice lives in South Africa  and currently works as an Occupational Therapist (OT). She’s walked a long and, at times, very trying road with her health and tells us how she lives well with chronic illness here.

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