07.18.2017

Got fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? There’s a class to help with that…

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I spent a lot of time researching and trying to figure out the best treatments. I was on a desperate hunt for that ever-elusive magical pill that was going to restore my previous life. Back then, I didn't understand fibromyalgia treatment involves much more than popping a few pills or supplements every day. Lifestyle changes can be just as important. That lesson was my most important takeaway from the Introductory Course offered by CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help. Yes, you read that right: There's actually an online class to help you … [Read more...]

06.19.2017

Why I no longer depend on research-backed treatments (and maybe you shouldn’t either)

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Earlier this week, there was a woman who unsubscribed from my Facebook group because she said members were posting too much information "with zero science to back anything up." It's a complaint I've heard before, and I do understand her concern. In a perfect world, we would have a smorgasbord of research-backed treatments for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic Lyme, some of them would actually work and we'd all get better. But that's not reality. The … [Read more...]

05.12.2017

What living with fibromyalgia has taught me | 2017 International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

A few months ago, I posted a meme (i.e. graphic) on Facebook about how chronic illness has much to teach us. I remember one of my readers balked at the posting, commenting (and I'm paraphrasing here), "What could living in pain possibly teach me?" I understood where she was coming from. It's a struggle sometimes to see the lessons taught by fibromyalgia, but they are there if we really look and reflect. A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to come up with a post idea for International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day when I happened to watch a YouTube video from Lemons 'n' Lyme where she asked her … [Read more...]

04.18.2017

13 tips for getting a better night’s sleep with fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post may contain affiliate links.  How did you sleep last night? If you have fibromyalgia, your answer is probably not very well. I know the feeling! I've struggled to get a good night's rest for years. Unrefreshing sleep is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. No matter how much we sleep, we still wake up exhausted. Multiple research studies have confirmed our disordered sleep. We don't spend enough time in the deeper, more restorative stages of … [Read more...]

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...]

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