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...]

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...]

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