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    Living with Fibromyalgia the daily struggle

    I wake up at 0500am for the third time and decide that it is time to get up, because my pain is quite bad today, and has been for some time. I've been having a flare up for approximately 2 months now maybe longer ever since I started the #menopause it has sent my #Fibromyalgia into overdrive. Especially my #Anxiety I've been getting panic attacks just leaving the house and have to wear headphones to help with this. Any advice on how you cope with your anxiety would be appreciated ❤️ Wishing you pain free and happy days 🫂

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    Oh the craziness of Menopause! Just a little Thursday funny 😄 for those who can relate!

    These sound about right, as I have experienced Menopause! 😒🙄🤭
    #Aging
    #Arthritis
    #Caregiving
    #menopause

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    I'm new here!

    Hi, my name is gashaffer2850. I'm here because i have had covid 4 times, i have hashiomotos disorder, menopause, gaining weight like crazy, fatigued, exhausted and overall nobody can piece together what is really going on with me

    #MightyTogether #Anxiety #COVID19 #ThyroidDisease #menopause

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    A little weekend laugh 😉

    Thought this was great, and certainly accurate at times! 😆🤭
    Hope this ending of July has you all doing well. Here's to a great new upcoming month of August 👍
    #menopause
    #Anxiety
    #PTSD
    #Aging

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    Reflection #PMDD #menopause #Reflection #MentalHealth #LifeLessons

    Its been almost a year since I banished her out of my life.
    I cast her out like she was discarded rubbish. I often wonder if she deserved that.

    Was it really that bad? Was she really that bad?

    I miss her. I miss the comfort she bought. I miss her presence. The way she made me feel so in tune with my body. How she intensified every emotion I felt.
    I dont want her back. She was destructive. She broke my soul with her venomous words, her twisted dreams & poisonous thoughts. I was broken when she was near.
    But, I loved her. I needed her. I still need her. Without her I am not whole. Now she is gone a part of me feels lost, trapped in a bleak void forever falling further and further away from me.
    The world seems scary without her. I'm not sure who I am or where I belong. Life is less colourful & more stagnant somehow.
    I want to reach out to her, feel the bitter sting of her impact on my life once more.
    I want to know that she is ok.

    But, I know that she is ok. For she is my PMDD alter ego. I am her and she is me.

    #PMDD #PremenstrualDysphoricDisorder #hormonesensitivity #MenstrationMatters #WomensHealth #mentalhealthmatters #menopause #PMDDthoughts #MentalHealth

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    AITA? My Comfort vs. My Boyfriend's

    AITA? My boyfriend and I have been together for almost 30 years, and I've wanted out of it most of that time. When we'd be in his car when we'd go out and he had the air conditioning too high for me, I'd be freezing, which increased my need to pee, made me more nervous and anxious, and if I was on my period, I'd get cramps, often really bad ones. When I'd ask him to turn the air conditioning down, he'd say he was driving, and he needed the cold air to stay awake. That's reasonable, I guess.

    When I'd be cold at home, however, he'd always tell me to "put on more layers." He preferred cooler temperatures to warmer because, as he said, "You can always put on more layers, but you can only take off so many." I found that flawed, because I thought it would be fair to take turns or equally have times when he gets to be more comfortable, and times when I get to be more comfortable.

    Now, in the motel, he usually has it too hot. Right now is one of those times. He says in a very dominant voice that he isn't going to turn up the air conditioning (I'm the one who's usually too hot these days; I'm in menopause, and I'm morbidly obese), and I reminded him he's always said when it's too cold, you can put on more layers. He told me I could take off a layer. I'm only wearing a nightgown and incontinence underwear. Naked, I would stick to myself, and my OCD wouldn't like that. Am I wrong for expecting him to put on more layers, so I can be comfortable? It's hard to sleep when I'm hot. #Anxiety #Depression #OCD #menopause #Controlling #hotflashes

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    Need to vent

    I have been away from the Mighties for a while now but today I feel like I have to vent, I have to share with someone how I feel. I have what some people call high functioning anxiety. Actually it is becoming as I would call it non-functioning and just unbearable. I am functinal because I have a family and a job that I have to do however difficult it is because I need the money. I am taking meds and I go to therapy (on my own cost, insurance does not cover either) but I feel like it is just getting worse. And before you tell me to use deep breathing, meditation, calming videos, I can tell you that I have been trying all for years and it seems like I am not doing it the right way because they are not working. I wake up every morning covered in sweat, stomach issues, nsusea, heart palpitations, shaking etc. It drains me so much to be functional for my own and my family's sake that it has become undbearable. This is not a life, this is a struggle to stay alive each day. I don't want to just exist full of pain, I want to live! This, this is not living, this is a small atom of me dying each day. My nervous system is completely messed up, I'm in a survival mode constantly, fists tight, muscle spasms, jaw stiff. Yes, there are some moments and some days, fewer and fewer when I feel almost OK. The point is that I'm not OK. To be in survival mode constantly is not a way to live for anyone. Yes, I do try to motivate myself, tried positive self-talk but my body and mind are so deeply in an altered state that it does not help. Do I continue therapy? How long will I be able to just exist in pain and suffering? My family needs me but they need me as a happy and functional person and not a complete mess. I keep losing hope that I will ever be better, happy, functional, 'normal'. Don't get me wrong, I do not want to die, I just want to live and not feel trapped, stuck in pain. Ten years living like this and getting worse....
    Sorry for the typing mistakes, sorry for just dumping it all on whoever reads it but I had to. I am at the point of breaking into pieces. I know that many of you can probably relate.
    Thank you for reading it. #Anxiety #Depression #chronic fatigue #suffering #BackPain #ChronicPain #ChronicHeadaches #menopause #MentalHealth

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    Happy new month to all! 🏖️🌞🙂

    Half way through the year already! Just checking in with you all. Any plans for the upcoming Summer? 🤔
    I am heading to the beach ⛱️ for a few days, the middle of the month! Looking forward to it! 😎
    #Anxiety
    #PTSD
    #Aging
    #menopause
    #MentalHealth

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    Things I need to remind myself of…

    Since our adult daughter is freezing us out completely, I need #affirmations

    #Cancer #cancersucks #menopause due to her cancer. She’s #sick and ill physically (bile reflux issues?)-even though she’s in a NED. That’s a really lousy way to live the rest of one’s days..

    #Depression #PTSD #Love and #Selflove and I need to protect myself also.

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