It’s my mission to share my hard earned knowledge so that you don’t lose as long as I did to pain and fatigue.
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I’m Melissa, mama of two, wife of a hunky hubby and human to Coop the dog. In addition to this I have fought chronic pain for nearly two decades, chronic fatigue for over ten years and insomnia for somewhere in between.
For most of my twenties I was struggling to live “normally” while fighting severe pain and fatigue. I didn’t have the brain space to research treatments to try. I didn’t know that approximately 3-6% of the world’s population were also fighting Fibromyalgia. No one around me understood. After being told at 17 years old by a specialist that they didn’t really believe my symptoms because they changed, I didn’t have the confidence to pursue help.
After daydreaming for a long time about this vague notion that slightly reduced work hours might give me the space to reduce the pain and fatigue, I moved to a warmer city with my parents, took on a job that was 27.5 hours and cut the two hour bus commute each day.
I was right. That was the beginning of my journey to a better story.
In seven years I went from miserable and barely coping with life to thriving – using a combination of research and personal trial and error, I have managed to bring my pain and fatigue levels down and minimise the effects of the debilitating brain fog by using everything I have written about on my blog.
About the Book:
Are you struggling with Fibromyalgia/chronic pain/chronic fatigue and insomnia? Melissa shares the ways she fights these symptoms and her journey from miserable to thriving despite Fibromyalgia.
Melissa Reynolds has fought Fibromyalgia since she was 14 years old. Only, she didn’t receive a name for her invisible opponent until she was in her 20s. Unfortunately, the name of the illness did not come with help.
However, she took matters into her own hands and in seven years, she went from miserable and barely coping with life to thriving.
Using a combination of research and personal trial and error, she has managed to bring her pain and fatigue levels down and minimise the effects of the debilitating brain fog by using everything she has written about on her blog.
With a passion for research, health and wellness, Melissa combines her findings (both research and anecdotal evidence) with personal experience and hopes that sharing this knowledge will make even one life a bit easier.
Advanced praise for Melissa vs Fibromyalgia: My Journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia
“I wish this book had been around when I first got diagnosed.” Deb, a Fibro Fighter
Praise for Melissa’s first book Fibro Mama Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia
“Lived experience + self-awareness + systems thinking + good storytelling is golden. Add brevity and it’s priceless. Melissa’s book is priceless.”
—Danny van Leeuwen, Opa, RN, MPH, CPHQ Health Hats (www.health-hats.com)
“Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia is a short, easy-to-digest run-down of things you can expect during a fibro pregnancy, and how to navigate them.”
—Diane Murray Spoonie Living (blog.spoonieliving.com)
“An invaluable resource for fibro baby mammas.”
—Caz Invisibly Me (www.invisiblyme.com)
What the Book Includes:
- My story (a long journey to diagnosis)
- What is Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Myofascial Pain Syndrome?
- What it’s Really Like to Live with Chronic Pain and Fatigue
- First Steps: What I’d Start with Upon Diagnosis
- How to Choose a Treatment Option
- What I do: Sleep
- What I do: Pain Relief
- What I do: Pacing and Boundaries
- What I do: Meditation
- What I do: Yoga for Fibromyalgia
- What I do: Gentle Exercise
- What I do: Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
- What I do: Medicine – Low Dose Naltrexone
- What I do: Medicine – Amitriptyline
- What I do: Supplements
- What I do: Brain Fog
- What I do: Passion
- What I do: Food
- What I do: Support
- What I do: Morning Stiffness
- Ten Nice Minutes
- What I do: Work
- The Black Dog: Managing Emotions with Chronic Illness
- Parenthood with Chronic Illness
- Four Lessons I have Learnt While Living with Fibromyalgia
- Whole of Life Change: How it Looks Now
If you’re not quite ready to consume all of this information at once, I created some printables so you can tackle some of the big issues one at a time:
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