Do you need to learn how you can fight fibromyalgia but don’t have the time or energy to wade through the junk to find the treasures? Do you want some pain management options, some ideas for getting better sleep, tips for managing brain fog?
Do you want an introduction to things you can do yourself to influence your quality of life today?
I’m a fibromyalgia veteran, I’ve been fighting this illness for nearly two decades. After losing most of my 20s to pain and fatigue, waiting for some doctor to have a magic pill to help me, I realised I had to do the work myself. For several years I have been actively researching and experimenting and have managed to take myself from miserable and barely surviving to thriving despite the fibromyalgia. Please don’t think I have it all figured out, there is too much complexity to this illness for that. So my courses are interactive and I continue learning and adding that learning as I go.
I don’t use the c word (cure). I’m not sure complete recovery is achievable. I know that no treatment works for everyone. I AM sure that we can make a difference for ourselves.
My book Melissa vs Fibromyalgia: My journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia (available on Amazon now) is what I wish the doctor pressed into my hands when I was given, at last, a reason (or as close as I can get) for the pain, fatigue and insomnia I had been fighting for nearly 10 years already.
Who wouldn’t want a road map that lays out the specific steps to take to reduce pain, increase energy and generally limit the misery of not knowing?
I can’t provide a finely detailed road map tailored to you, but I have done the next best thing – I wrote up my experience combined with the research.
Can this course help you? Here’s who will benefit:
- Those who are newly diagnosed.
- People who have been fighting for a while, but haven’t had the head space to figure out what to do.
- Those who want to kick your fight up a notch, but don’t know where to start.
- People who are supporting someone with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia and/or Fibromyalgia.
- Basically anyone with Fibromyalgia, chronic pain, chronic fatigue and insomnia.
“I have multiple sclerosis, not fibromyalgia. Still, I can use 75% of this book. Melissa, thanks for your courage, thoughtfulness, and humor.” – Reader of Melissa vs Fibromyalgia book
What you will learn exactly:
- What Fibromyalgia is, what my six tips are (this is my distilled list after spending many hours reading all about it and living it for nearly two decades) and where to go to find more information.
- Some pain management options, where to go for more and create your own list of favourite pain management options.
- What Low Dose Naltrexone is and the research around it.
- Why sleep is important and some things you can do to help, create your own sleep plan.
- The benefits of meditation for those with chronic illness, how you can utilise it and where to access meditation resources.
- Why yoga is helpful for those with chronic illness, how you can utilise it and where to access yoga resources.
- Why pacing is a good idea and how to do it.
- How to manage brain fog and what it is.
Here’s the catch – you have to do the work. I can give you the shortcut, the research, the tools to dramatically reduce your journey but you still need to do the work.
You do also need to chat with your team. We can’t make decisions alone I want you to have the knowledge and the ability to advocate for yourself and make informed choices but you can’t get around a medical opinion. You need to talk medicine choices with a medical professional.
When does it start?
You have two choices! We are running this course from September 1st 2018 and you can join us for this here.
Or, if you prefer to be totally autonomous, you can work your way through the workbook on your own time.
Who am I? What is my story?
I’m Melissa, mama of two (soon to be three), 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, in my book and in this course.
I am the author of Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia and Melissa vs Fibromyalgia: My Journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia. I have run my blog MelissavsFibromyalgia.com for five years. Find out more about me here.
“Melissa is a brilliant writer and I enjoy her work. I recommend her book if you have fibromyalgia or know someone who does.” —Jessie, review of Melissa vs Fibromyalgia book
The modules – in depth:
- Arm Yourself with Knowledge
- What is Fibromyalgia
- My Six Tips
- Further reading
- Template – Things I’d Like to Try
- Template – My Daily Log
- Information sheet Further Reading List with over 100 links!
- Pain Management
- Pain management for Fibromyalgia/chronic pain
- Lifestyle focused pain management tips
- Low Dose Naltrexone – what is it, how could it help
- Information Sheet Natural pain relief mechanisms over 30 options!
- Specific options that I do to cope with pain
- Template My Pain Management Plan including day to day, flare and medicines
- Further reading
- Introduction to sleep research
- What I do to sleep
- Sleep hygiene tips
- Information sheet 22 Ways to Increase Your Energy
- Template My Sleep Hygiene Plan
- Template My Sleep Diary
- Further reading
- Benefits of meditation for chronic illness
- Meditation options
- My body scan meditation
- What I do – why I’m in love with meditation
- Yoga (or gentle exercise)
- Benefits of yoga for chronic illness
- Yoga options
- List of links to get you started
- Information sheet Yoga and Meditation Resource List
- Further reading
- Pacing and boundaries
- What pacing is
- Tips to help
- Template Activity vs Pain and Fatigue Tracker
- Template brainstorm What I Could do to Create Space
- Brain fog
- What is brain fog?
- How to minimise effects
- How to cope with it
What you get:
- Seven modules, broken down into
- Short lessons with videos
- Seven printable templates for tracking what you’d like to try, your pain management, sleep and more.
- Four information sheets – including my list of further reading – this is from my spreadsheet of articles, research and information about Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain/Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia over the past seven years broken down by subject!
- A lot of further reading for you to follow up areas that interest you and take your learning further as your concentration and time allows.
- The workbook with all of the lessons, information sheets and templates with space for notes so that you can track your journey.