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Like A Squirrel On A Nut ~ Anxiety’s Link To Chronic Pain

October 23

Anxiety and Fibromyalgia.  Boy, this is a subject I hesitate to write about.  Why?  Because it could easily be used by the ‘Fibro Naysayers’ to discount the legitimacy of FMS.  For decades Fibromyalgia has fought the stigma of being a ‘nervous condition in the mind of middle-aged women’, the ‘vapors’, psychosomatic, and a ‘female thing’ for those prone to histrionics.

It can be argued that those prone to anxiety develop chronic pain due to the stress that is put on the body over time.  We all know and agree that stress causes untold damage to physical body.  It can also be argued that anxiety experienced with FMS is a result of a compromised and overactive nervous system which causes all those nerve pistons to constantly fire off.  It could be a little of both, or far more complex than these general theories.

I have always been a sensitive person.  I am an INFP personality type, for me, it has always been about ‘how it feels’.  Now, throw in a difficult childhood, abuse, and a rough start in early adulthood along with a decade of intense and painful counseling, and I’d say the nervous system got a little overtaxed.  Along with a chronic Epstein Barr Virus that has caused ME/CFS with the additional physiological stress it puts on the system, it’s no wonder I’m prone to bouts with anxiety from time to time.  Sometimes I get obsessed with a fear (which almost NEVER comes true) and have to go to battle for days/months to overcome it’s grip on my mind. My husband likens it to a ‘squirrel working a nut’.  And of course, the stress of this can cause physical flare ups.

Anxiety's link to fibromyalgia

I think it’s safe to say that FMS is far more complex and multifaceted than is known at this time.  I believe in the years to come the research will show just how little was known and how misunderstood the data was regarding this disease.  In the meantime, breathe deep and try your best to relax, all you Fibro Fighters out there….tomorrow is another day.

~Recipe Of The Week~

~Mexican  Mummy Poppers~

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~6-7 jalapenos, split in half with the stem and seeds removed (hold peppers under running water in a well ventilated space while working with them, it makes the fumes easier to deal with)

~2 strips crisp fried bacon, chopped

~2 thinly sliced green onions

~1 tsp salt

~8 oz softened cream cheese

~2 sheets puff pastry

~1 egg

~1 tsp water

Combine bacon, onions, salt, and cream cheese.  Slice puff pastry into 1/8 inch long strips.  Fill jalapeno halves with cream cheese mixture and wrap them with pastry.  Whisk egg and water together and brush onto mummies.  Bake at 400 degrees for approx. 2o-25 min.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Francesca October 27 at 8:42 am

    These are adorable and look delicious! Such a great party idea!

    • Reply kristine October 27 at 9:21 am

      Thank you Fancesca 🙂

  • Reply Kari October 27 at 2:17 pm

    What a fun party appetizer!
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    • Reply kristine October 27 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Reply easypeasylifematters October 27 at 5:58 pm

    These are soooo cute!!! I just can’t stand it!!! 🙂
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    • Reply kristine October 27 at 9:08 pm

      HA! HA! Thanks, and delicious too! 😉

  • Reply Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows October 27 at 11:34 pm

    I’m a worrier too. I know it’s pointless and often the thing I’m worrying about never happens but I can’t help myself.
    Looks like a fun, festive snack 🙂

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    • Reply kristine October 28 at 6:22 am

      Thank you! Have a great Halloween! 🙂

  • Reply Silly Mummy October 28 at 5:33 pm

    To be honest, though I have heard of fibromyalgia, I’ve never really known anything about it. I know a bit about all the controversies surrounding ME. I’ve always kind of thought that, while it has to be important to establish the actual nature of illnesses if you want to be able to treat them, beyond that if something did turn out to be psychological, not physical, that should not undermine how real it is or the suffering of those who have it. Psychological illnesses are just as real and important as physical ones anyway. I have never had any conditions like these, but I’m prone to anxiety and panic, and a generally nervous and stressed disposition too. The poppers look lovely. #sharewithme
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    • Reply kristine October 28 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you! I completely agree with you that psychological illnesses are just as valid as physiological ones. The reason I mentioned the struggle pertaining to FMS being ‘all in the head’, is not that there are things that happen in the mind to exacerbate the disease, but rather the dismissive attitude taken by some in the medical community regarding it’s legitimacy because of a current lack of ‘bio markers’. There are very real ‘psychological’ symptoms related to the suffering of FMS and ME/CFS, I have experienced them for years. It is about a fight for validation, not mind vs. body. Thank you so much for your comment, I very much appreciate your willingness to further the discussion of these issues. Have a wonderful week 🙂

  • Reply Sherry November 1 at 4:54 pm

    Double yum! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.

    • Reply kristine November 2 at 3:18 am

      Thanks Sherry! 🙂

  • Reply Miz Helen November 2 at 2:14 pm

    I love love your little Squirrel!!! Your Mexican Mummy Poppers are just awesome and can’t wait to try these. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week.
    Come Back Soon!
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    • Reply kristine November 3 at 7:37 am

      They were a delicious appetizer, thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton November 2 at 9:23 pm

    I don’t know much about Fibromyalgia, although I have learned a bit since I’ve known you. Anxiety and stress birthed my Auto-Immune disease, they are nothing to pooh away. They can change so much about how your body works. It’s amazing how I could be worried but healthy one day, then another I would be on bed rest, having a stroke and using a wheelchair. I think that we live so differently now than they did in the past, what we put on our food and give to cows and chickens etc. that are our food source. I wish we in the USA monitored our food better.
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    • Reply kristine November 3 at 7:42 am

      I agree Nikki. We always hear about the toll stress can take in our lives, but until you actually start experiencing the effects of it, you don’t realize how bad it can get. Thank you as always for your thoughtful and engaging comments 😉 Love to you! ♥

  • Reply jenny November 3 at 5:18 am

    That recipe is making my mouth water I can’t think of anything else. I love anything mexican flavor. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. I hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round #sharewithme
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    • Reply kristine November 3 at 7:51 am

      Thank you Jenny! They were excellent 😉

  • Reply Elaine November 4 at 9:56 am

    These poppers look yummy! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again this week!! Pinned!

    • Reply kristine November 4 at 11:21 pm

      Your welcome Elaine 😉

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