10.31.2016

14 tips for less painful mammograms

"14 tips for less painful mammograms" originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  For me, mammograms rate right up there with getting my teeth cleaned and giving up bread. I don't enjoy having my annual mammogram, but I do it because mammography is still the best tool available for the early detection of breast cancer. I'd rather go through a few minutes of discomfort every year than risk losing my life to cancer because I didn't catch it soon enough. But as a woman with fibromyalgia and chronic pain, having some … [Read more...]

10.10.2016

Why you shouldn’t blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis

This column on "Why you shouldn't blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis" originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  I’d like to preface this column by saying I believe fibromyalgia is real. It exists, and it’s life altering. With that being said, I think those of us with fibromyalgia should question our diagnosis. I’ve been reading Dr. David Brady’s new book, “The Fibro Fix.” In it, he references a study in the journal Rheumatology indicating only 34 percent of … [Read more...]

09.13.2016

How chronic illness is forcing me to embrace self care

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Self Care Catalysts' Self Care Mvmt. I have been compensated through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. All opinions are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post may contain affiliate links.  I'm really bad at self care - so much so that I think my super-charged type A personality is probably one of the main reasons I'm chronically sick now. I drove myself too hard, for too long, without considering the consequences. In my former life, I was one of those all work, all the time, kind of people. But life has a way of … [Read more...]

09.07.2016

How our stuff might be making us sicker

This post on "How our stuff might be making us sicker" originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  How our stuff might be making us sicker ... Lately I’ve been wondering if our material possessions could play a role in our fibromyalgia symptoms. My ruminating started a few months ago when the KonMari craze was at its peak. My YouTube feed was flooded with stay-at-home moms holding their ice cream scoops and lacy camisoles and asking, “Does this spark joy?” Seeing t-shirts folded into little rectangular packages and then … [Read more...]

08.22.2016

Winning your fibromyalgia disability case

This article on fibromyalgia disability originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. Winning your fibromyalgia disability case Between the pain, fatigue and other troublesome symptoms, maintaining employment can be a big challenge for many of us living with fibromyalgia. According to National Pain Report’s most recent fibromyalgia survey, 58 percent of respondents said they can’t work due to health reasons. Only 21 percent said they are employed full time. These numbers reflect how debilitating fibromyalgia can … [Read more...]

06.21.2016

5 unusual things to improve your sleep

This article on "5 Unusual Things to Improve Sleep" first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Nonrestorative sleep is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. But words like “nonrestorative” and “unrefreshing” don’t adequately describe fibromyalgia sleep. Instead, I like to reference one of my hubby’s favorite TV shows when I try to explain to healthy people what I feel like when I wake up in the morning. I call it “The Walking Dead” kind of tired. If you’ve ever watched the … [Read more...]

06.13.2016

It may not be “just fibro” | It could be Lyme disease

The following article on Lyme disease and fibromyalgia was first published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I never completely accepted my fibromyalgia diagnosis. It didn’t make sense to me that one day my body just decided to go haywire for no reason. I’ve always believed there must be an underlying cause for my fibromyalgia symptoms. Pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body. So is fatigue and the compendium of other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Once my doctors labeled me with fibromyalgia, they stopped … [Read more...]

04.28.2016

15 helpful tips for cooking & cleaning your kitchen when you’re chronically ill

The following article, "15 helpful tips for cooking & cleaning your kitchen when you’re chronically ill," was first published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Disclaimer: One of the most important things I've learned about fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Lyme 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, much less load the … [Read more...]

02.26.2016

Fibro warriors share their best tips for reducing symptoms

Last month, I asked several of my fellow bloggers to share their best tips for reducing fibro symptoms. At the end of the post, I invited readers to chime in with their own tips. This post highlights some of their responses. We all know there is no cure for fibromyalgia - at least not yet - but there are steps we can take to try to reduce and manage symptoms. Until the research can tell us more about fibromyalgia and the best way to treat it, I think it's a valuable exercise for us to share what's working and what's not, so we can learn from each other. These sharing posts are a way to do … [Read more...]

01.11.2016

12 bloggers share their best tips for reducing fibromyalgia symptoms

I am a problem solver by nature, so when I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia two years ago, I obsessively researched information on the best strategies for reducing fibromyalgia symptoms. I found out there are no easy answers. Certain drugs work for some and not for others. Some people find relief through massage, and others howl from pain at the thought of it. Most of us have medicine cabinets full of supplements that promised to ease our pain or exhaustion. Some helped, and some didn't. Some of us find exercise helpful, and some of us silently scream every time someone mentions it. … [Read more...]

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