03.21.2017

Using GABA to improve sleep with fibromyalgia

Disclaimers: This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.  When you have fibromyalgia, restorative sleep is always elusive. For many years, I haven't been able to sleep through the night. I would wake every 2-3 hours, then struggle to fall back to sleep. Like most fibro sufferers, I can't remember the last time I … [Read more...]

03.14.2017

10 reasons to fire your doctor!

This article on "10 reasons to fire your doctor" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. While I know there are both male and female physicians, I have used the pronoun "he" throughout this article for ease of reading.  Visit any online fibromyalgia support group, and you'll probably encounter plenty of physician horror stories. I've read accounts of doctors yelling at their patients, calling them fat and lazy, saying their symptoms are all in their heads and worse. Whenever I see these posts, my comment is … [Read more...]

02.20.2017

9 tips for anyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links. You’ve been given a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Now what? I know you’ve felt like crap for months – maybe even years. You’ve probably shuffled from doctor-to-doctor, trying to figure out why you’re in pain all the time and can barely pull yourself out of bed. You may even be relieved that you finally have a diagnosis. I know I was when I was diagnosed in 2014. But looking back at my own fibromyalgia journey, one quote comes … [Read more...]

02.01.2017

23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]

01.09.2017

What I’m doing instead of resolutions this year

This post was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's resolutions. The high-achiever, gotta-get-it-done-no-matter-what side of my personality absolutely loves the idea of setting goals for the coming year and mapping out a plan to achieve them. I'm one of those people who gets a little buzz every time I cross something off my to-do list. Then there's another part of me who thinks the whole idea of taking on new projects in January - one of the coldest, most miserable … [Read more...]

01.02.2017

Are you creating more work for yourself?

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  This post was inspired by an unlikely source: the toilet paper under my bathroom sink (or really, the LACK of toilet paper). When we moved into our home three years ago, I couldn't find a good place to store our batteries, so I shoved them under the downstairs bathroom sink. Because the batteries took up so much space, I could only fit a small number of extra toilet paper rolls under the sink. That meant I was continually going up and down the stairs to grab … [Read more...]

12.26.2016

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top posts from 2016

2016 was an incredible year for FedUpwithFatigue.com! I am so proud of my little blog and everything it's accomplished since launching in early 2014. This year, I was thrilled to make HealthLine's top 10 list of best fibromyalgia blogs and to be nominated for HealthLine's best health blogs contest. (A special "thank you" to whoever nominated me!) I also was proud to reach this year's goal of 10,000+ email subscribers, making FedUpwithFatigue.com one of the largest fibromyalgia blogs. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of FedUpwithFatigue.com's … [Read more...]

12.22.2016

21 ways to spend Christmas alone

This article on spending Christmas alone was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Disclaimer: One of the most important things I've learned about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS is there is a wide spectrum of disability among our patient groups. Some of us lead pretty normal lives in spite of the pain, fatigue and other symptoms, and some of us have symptoms so severe that we can't get out of the bed. In compiling this list, I tried to come up with activities across the spectrum. Know your own limitations, use what you can … [Read more...]

12.19.2016

15 tips for surviving the holidays with chronic illness

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  I'm counting down the days to Christmas - not because I love the holiday season, but because I'm ready for it to be over. There, I said it. If there's anything that will turn a human into a scrooge, it's living with a chronic illness. It's challenging enough to get through an average day with fibromyalgia and Lyme (or insert your own illness here) without adding glitter, crowded stores and never-gonna-thaw-by-the-time-I-need-to-bake-it turkeys to the … [Read more...]

12.12.2016

Chronic Christmas: Surviving the Holidays with a Chronic Illness

The following Q & A with "Chronic Christmas" author Lene Andersen was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. This post contains an affiliate link.  Whether we like it or not, the holidays are here! As the big day approaches, so do all of the "shoulds" associated with the season. We should deck out our house with decorations in every room. We should make everything from scratch for our holiday meal. We should go to all of our friends' holiday parties. We should go to the mall and spend hours seeking out the perfect … [Read more...]

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