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Yadira Chevere

Episode 66: More Tips For Your Next Dental Appointment

6 More Tips For An Easier Visit / After Episode 64, we received a question from a listener about using a weighted blanket — or asking to keep the x-ray shield on — during her dental visit. This led Tami to have a conversation with her favorite hygienist, Julie, and six more tips.

If you haven’t yet, make sure you check out Episode 64 for even more tips. In the meantime, know that your dentist wants you to be as comfortable as possible. Ask for what you need!

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Episode 65: EFT for Fibromyalgia with Lauren Fonvielle

EFT — the Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as tapping — has long been recognized as a powerful tool for reducing pain, stress, and emotional trauma. A 2020 study showed that a one-hour group EFT session reduced cortisol production by 43%. EFT can also be an effective pain management strategy that can be used alongside other medications and therapies with no side effects.

Since fibromyalgia is a condition known to keep patients stuck in a state of fight-or-flight, it makes sense to explore tools that can help reduce this overactive fight-or-flight stress response.

Listen in as Tami interviews Lauren Fonvielle, EFT Practitioner and coach, and hear how you can add EFT as a powerful tool in your fibromyalgia toolbox. Be sure to listen through to the end of this episode to hear Lauren’s guided “tap-along” session that you can try for yourself!

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Episode 64: Make Your Dentist Appointment Less Painful

12 Tips For An Easier Visit / Visiting the dentist when you have fibromyalgia is almost never fun — right now it’s even more stressful because many of us put off seeing the dentist during the COVID pandemic! Since it may have been a year or two since your last dental exam, you may fear what the dentist will find.

Tami found herself in this situation recently, with an emergency dental visit and a brand-new dentist. That experience led her to record this episode with the tips she uses regularly to make her dental visits less painful.

Whether you’re dreading going to the dentist after an extended time away due to COVID — or your fibromyalgia makes seeing the dentist more painful — utilizing these tips will help you have a much easier time on your next visit.

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Episode 63: I Got My COVID Vaccine… And Here’s What Happened

Have you gotten your COVID vaccine yet? If not, you’ll definitely want to hear this episode! Even if you’ve only received one of two shots, the information in this episode could help you minimize reactions from the vaccine.

In this episode, Tami shares her experience getting her own vaccine, including what other clients, friends, and family have experienced. In fact, between all the members of Tami’s family, they’ve tried all three COVID vaccines!

With special permission from her doctor, Tami will also share a protocol designed to support your immune system, reduce any overactive immune response, and minimize any negative effects of the vaccine. Tami followed a similar protocol prior to and during her vaccine. Consider taking this the information to your doctor to see if it’s right for you and your situation.

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Episode 62: When Your Family Doesn’t Support You with Heather Kent

Improving your fibromyalgia is really hard to do all on your own; you need a team of people to support you, including various providers, friends, and family. So… what happens when your family doesn’t support you? Aren’t they the ones who should be giving you the most support?

Listen in as Tami interviews Heather Kent, psychotherapist and author of two books on toxic relationships, about what to do when your family isn’t supportive. You’ll learn how to tell if it’s a lack of support which can be improved through education and communication, or a more toxic and unhealthy type of non-support, including the signs for a toxic or abusive relationship.

Heather and Tami want you to know: Your fibromyalgia doesn’t have to be the thing that keeps you stuck in a toxic relationship — and a toxic relationship doesn’t have to be the thing that keeps you stuck in your fibromyalgia pain and fatigue. There is hope. You can feel better and feel safe.

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Episode 61: Introducing FibroFokus: Norway’s First Fibromyalgia Outpatient Clinic

What did you feel when you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia? Relief? Shame? Frustration?

These were all things Regina Frisch felt when she was finally diagnosed after 15 years of struggling. When she was ready to take action and asked what the treatment plan would be, her doctor told her they didn’t really have one.

Sound familiar?

It takes an integrative approach to treat fibromyalgia effectively. An integrative approach means treating the whole person, not just your parts.

When Regine learned that Norway’s medical system couldn’t provide what she needed, she used her contacts as a social worker and therapist to draw together a team of like-minded practitioners. Together, they founded FibroFokus, Norway’s first outpatient fibromyalgia clinic.

Listen in as Tami interviews Regine and co-founder Dr. Hege Tønnesen about their journey and the integrative approach they use with their patients at FibroFokus.

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Episode 60: How Do I Rebuild My Confidence? Ask the Coach

When you’re diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it can be a huge hit to your confidence. You may have trouble doing many of the things that have defined you: career, hobbies, friends.

In addition, let’s not forget the unpredictable nature of fibromyalgia! It can be difficult to make plans because you never know if you’re going to have a good day or a bad day. When you do make plans, you may have to cancel — another hit to your confidence.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can become more confident, knowing that whatever happens, you have the tools and knowledge needed to cut your fibro flares short and get back to feeling your best.

In this Ask the Coach episode, Tami answers the foundational question, “How Can I Rebuild My Confidence?” and gives three tips for how you can reclaim your confidence in your fibromyalgia body.

For more information, free copies of Tami’s books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/60.

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Episode 59: But My Labs Are Normal

How many times has your doctor told you all your lab tests were normal? If you’re like most of us with fibromyalgia, this has happened more times than you can count.

So what then? Do we keep testing? Or do we accept that the test is normal, in spite of the fact we feel that something is wrong?

After 20 years of certain tests coming back as “normal”, Tami recently decided to try one more time as a way of “checking the box” with a new provider…. and ended up with completely different results! She shares her experience as well as five basic reasons your own “normal” lab test results may be wrong.

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Episode 58: 7 Common Myths About Fibromyalgia

We can find evidence of fibromyalgia going back more than 200 years in medical literature…. and yet there there seems to be more fiction than fact surrounding it.

People are told things like, “There isn’t much that can be done about fibromyalgia.” Or, “Fibromyalgia is a middle-aged woman’s disease.” (Hint: Both of these things are FALSE.)

In this episode, Tami tackles seven of the most common myths about fibromyalgia, as well as the truth behind those myths.

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Episode 57: Talking To Others About Your Fibromyalgia with Kimberli Wicks

Have you ever wondered what you should tell others about your fibromyalgia? Do you find yourself going back and forth between saying, “I’m fine” and telling them how you really feel? If so, this episode is for you!

We all intuitively understand that there are some people we can share more with than others. In this episode, Tami interviews Kimberli Wicks, a professional counselor who has lived for years with her own chronic illness. Kimberli outlines a simple way of categorizing the people in your life which will help you know how much to share about your diagnosis.

Tami and Kimberli also include several suggestions on ways you can build a support network, how to test the waters with how much to tell new people in your life, and ways to ensure you don’t overburden the people you love.

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