05.14.2019

The if this, then that approach to managing fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme flares

Every week I write about tools and resources to help people live better with fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. You'd think I'd have the perfect plan to deal with the inevitable flare of symptoms. Well, not so much! I swear there's something about a flare that incapacitates the few brain cells I have left. Put simply, when I'm faced with higher-than-normal pain levels, exhaustion or other intensifying symptoms, I can't think! Because I can't think, I can't remember what to do to help myself. So, all those pain-relieving gadgets and vitamin powders and heating pads sit on a shelf as I'm … [Read more...]

04.25.2019

5 lessons I’ve learned from 7 months in bed

This article was originally published on National Pain Report. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. When I developed a severe headache and neck pain after breakfast on June 30 last year, I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary. I have fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme so unexpected symptoms are not unusual for me. I popped some over-the-counter pain killers and settled onto the sofa for a Netflix marathon, figuring it would pass. Little did I know I'd be stuck alternating between that sofa and my bed for the next 7+ months. I'd wake up each morning feeling … [Read more...]

04.17.2019

5 more of my favorite things for fibromyalgia and Lyme relief (2019 edition)

This article was originally published on National Pain Report and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. It may contain affiliate links.  In 2016, I shared a few of my favorite things for relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. That article is still one of the most popular ones on FedUpwithFatigue.com. A lot has happened since then, so I think it's time to publish an updated list. Below are some of my current favorites for managing and healing from fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. I'd love to read about what's helping you in the comments section! Disclaimer: This article is for … [Read more...]

05.01.2018

Young mom shares her best tips for managing fibromyalgia in new book

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  Over the years, I've read thousands of books and articles about fibromyalgia and how to treat it. My favorites have always been those written by my fellow fibro warriors who share their firsthand accounts of what's worked for them and what hasn't. That's why I loved Melissa Reynolds' newest book, "Melissa vs. Fibromyalgia: My Journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia" so much. Named after her … [Read more...]

04.24.2018

Want to join me for group coaching?

Quick note: I want to apologize for being MIA the past week. I'm in the midst of another flare-up of the herniated disc in my back and have been mostly sofa-bound for several days now. I had a new MRI late last week, which showed the herniation has grown in size since my last MRI in July. I met with a surgeon today and will be having a laminectomy plus microdiscectomy next month. Now onto the reason for this post... This post contains an affiliate link.  Last week, my chronic illness friend Julie Holliday presented two free workshops on "Taking Back Control from Chronic Illness." … [Read more...]

03.26.2018

An estimated half of all fibromyalgia patients have sleep apnea | Are you one of them?

This post is sponsored by Aeroflow Healthcare through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network.  There are many theories on what causes fibromyalgia, one of which is that it's actually a sleep disorder. The rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia fell into this category. He was certain that if he could just fix my disrupted sleep, then my symptoms would improve. After a year of trying various medications, I gave up on his theory. No matter what medication he prescribed to zonk me out, I still woke up exhausted and in pain. Numerous research studies have documented sleep … [Read more...]

03.21.2018

It’s time to take a new approach to fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article is an introduction to my new Healing Fibromyalgia series. Don't worry! I will still be covering the usual fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme-related treatments, research and news, but this will be additional content I'm adding to FedUpwithFatigue.com.  Do you view fibromyalgia as an incurable disease or a symptom of a deeper problem within the body? The answer to that question makes a difference in how we manage life with fibromyalgia and if … [Read more...]

02.14.2018

If I could give anything to people living with fibromyalgia, it would be …

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, Prohealth's fibromyalgia editor Cindy Leyland asked me to contribute to her article, "If I could give anything to people living with fibromyalgia, it would be..." When I read her email, I immediately responded back, "You know I could write an entire article on that, right?" Besides a cure, there are so many things I wish for my fellow fibro warriors: lots of money so they can afford the medical care they need (including non-pharmacological treatments … [Read more...]

02.06.2018

What to do when you get sick on top of already having a chronic illness

RawlsMD.com recently published an article of mine on how to manage a cold or the flu when you already have a chronic illness like Lyme or fibromyalgia. My research for the article was handy yesterday when my hubby came home from work sniffling and sneezing. We're hoping he just has a cold, and I'm praying I don't get it! Since we're in the midst of a bad cold/flu season, I thought some of you might find the RawlsMD article helpful. You can check it out here.  … [Read more...]

01.24.2018

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top fibromyalgia posts of 2017

I am several weeks late on publishing this post. Most of my fellow chronic illness bloggers published their "best of 2017" posts right after New Year's. Well, as they say better late than never. Below you'll find FedUpwithFatigue.com's most popular articles from last year. I'm thrilled the top two articles covered issues we really need to talk more about in the fibromyalgia community: the high rate of misdiagnosis and the link between thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia. My interviewee Dr. David Brady really did an excellent job of covering both topics. I was a little surprised my … [Read more...]

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