Comments for Cranky Fibro Girl Harnessing the healing power of snark Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:37:42 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Just A Quick Reminder by Veronica Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:37:42 +0000 1. I researched blogs because I just needed to know that someone else “gets it”. I’m sick of having to justify my pain, my feelings to people who just don’t understand. I look normal, therefore I must be normal. Ummm….not so much. Little do they know, my body is screaming inside. I chose to follow your blog because I appreciate your snarky take on it. Your sarcastic humor is on point with mine. Sometimes you just have to laugh, otherwise I would spend all day crying.

2. The fatigue, overactive bladder and the pain. I can’t remember what it is like to sleep more than 2 hours at a time. I am constantly getting up in the middle of the night to pee (3-5 times). I am exhausted. The dark circles under my eyes have taken up permanent residency. I’m sick of people telling me I look tired. No shit. I AM tired. There are days I spend an hour just sitting on the edge of my bed, willing myself to get up. Preparing for that jarring, breath taking, unfathomable pain that will shoot through my entire body the moment I stand up. But I do it, EVERY day, I do it.

Comment on Just A Quick Reminder by Denise Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:32:46 +0000 1. Your humor is a ray of sunshine that lifts me up on the gloomiest days.
2. When I read posts that people write about how well they are coping with fibromyalgia and they are ultra positive, it makes me feel that I’m not doing a very good job of dealing with my illness. A little gripping with some humor is so welcome! Another challenge is depression that rises up during a flare. My prayers are with you as you are facing your current challenges.

Comment on Just A Quick Reminder by Emily Murphy Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:59:50 +0000 Regarding your questions: 1. I think I found you from another blog – Julie Ryan probably. And 2. PAIN, it’s overwhelming sometimes!! I told my husband during a particularly awful flare – ‘there is no way anyone could possibly understand the level of pain we endure without experiencing it.’ Another issue is fatigue – not enough energy ever to get the stuff done I need to, let alone WANT to do! 🙁 miss my ‘old self’ a lot and that gets depressing. Final issue I’ll mention… people don’t ‘get it’ because you don’t LOOK SICK!!! sucks to suffer day in and day out and fake through it at work just to go home and cry half the night because you overdid it – again. 🙁

Comment on Just A Quick Reminder by suzanne Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:47:43 +0000 1. A mutual friend, Kat Bowling suggested I check you out. Love the snarky, snotty, “inappropriate” humor which is just like mine keeps me interested.

2. Top 3 challenges with FM, BP, and xyz:

–unfreakinbelievable fatigue; on a good day my tank is half full, but tons better than when I was bedridden for 2 years;

–my docs being scared of the DEA and really wanting me to get off narcotic pain meds more quickly than my game plan, but it’s all good…I have wine;

–my brain, what’s left of it, often misfiring, but good thing I started out with a bigger one than the average person.


Rest up; I so get needing to give ourselves to be what we perceive as slack or non-productive while overlooking how much we do get done, even if it’s making it from the bed to the couch! SCORE!!

PS: Contact form “send”not working

Comment on An Announcement, And A Request by Patricia Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:53:26 +0000 I was drawn to your blog because of the name of the blog ant the themes. I live with fibro for too long and some of your articles are very helpful. I try too to blog it is very dificult.
My big problems are the pain, the depression, isolation due to people not to undestand me and beeing more and more dificult to work for me,

Comment on An Announcement, And A Request by Nikki Tue, 29 Aug 2017 09:02:11 +0000 I was drawn to your blog because of the name. I thought it was hilarious! I read a few of your posts and found that they were informative and funny. The things I struggle with the most are stress management and pain management. I hate that things in my life seem to continue to spiral out of my control, causing me to feel useless & worthless, spiraling me into depression. Any input on these along with your wit would be fantastic!

Comment on An Announcement, And A Request by Pam Mon, 28 Aug 2017 20:16:01 +0000 Good for you! You deserve a break!
To answer your questions:
1. You are hilarious and I love you!
2. Top 3 problems (this week) are:
– Crazy uncontrollable emotions
-Hot flashes
Enjoy your vacation. Look forward to hearing from you again!

Comment on An Announcement, And A Request by Katie Mon, 28 Aug 2017 15:33:21 +0000 Jenny,

I am saddened to hear that you will be, hopefully, temporarily leaving writing, but I understand that chronic illnesses sometimes have their own plans for us.

To answer your questions, I first came to your blog after I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014 and had no idea how to deal with the pain physically, mentally, or emotionally. I was immediately drawn to the “realness” that you portray in your blogs and I find joy in your crankiness and snarky attitude. My family and friends do their best to support me through my chronic pain, but reading your journey and realizing I’m not alone and my feelings of anger and attitude are what help the most!

As for your second question, the biggest issues I face are doctors, relationships, and my own mental health. I’ve had a really hard time finding doctors that are willing to treat my chronic pain, so I rely on my PCP at the moment and stick to mostly holistic approaches. I was diagnosed at a young age (21), and trying to relate to my peers is hard. My boyfriend at the time completely shut me out and stopped supporting me, friends stopped coming around, and so forth. Most chronic illnesses can’t be seen on the outside and it’s hard to tell someone that you are in pain when you look physically fine on the outside. I have an inner struggle where I want to do the things that my peers do but my body says no, but I’m afraid my peers won’t understand the reasoning when I say I can’t join. Dealing with the chronic pain takes a large toll on my mental health. It’s a constant battle to stay cheery when you’re in pain and tired. I try to practice self-care as best as I can to combat this.

I hope your hiatus from writing gives you the nice break you need! Know we all look forward to the day you return!

Comment on Amnesty And Permission: Come And Get Yours Right Here by Jennifer Koelig Fri, 28 Jul 2017 16:39:10 +0000 I love that! I will give myself permission to not be “productive” today. I am tired of feeling overwhelmed!

Comment on Dear Lyrica Commercial: As A Real-Life Fibromyalgia Patient And Not Just An Actor Playing One On TV, I Have To Say That Your Commercials Are EXTREMELEY Misleading by Carolyn Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:34:42 +0000 From a fellow fibromyalgia sufferer, great job describing what a typical day looks like. I resent the lyrica commercials because they show the person returning to normal activities! Even after I have my pain to a bearable level I can’t possibly function like I used to. Maybe they should use real fibro patients. Anyway, great job and thank you for validating what we are all going through. You are a true inspiratio