12.28.2017

Work-at-home jobs for the chronically ill

Maintaining employment is one of the biggest challenges of living with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions. It's a catch 22: Many of us are too sick to perform a traditional 40-hour-per-week job, but it's super difficult (and takes a long time) to get approved for disability benefits for a so-called "invisible illness." If you're physically able, working from home is an alternative. The challenge is finding a position that's flexible and pays a decent wage. In this post, guest writer Lucy Wyndham shares some resources for those who are interested in pursuing work-at-home … [Read more...]

12.18.2017

Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving the holidays with chronic illness

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  As soon as people finished off the last bits of their Halloween candy, my Facebook and Bloglovin' feeds were inundated with articles about how to survive the holidays with chronic illness. For a moment, I started to join the fray and write my own version, but after seeing headline after headline, it became clear to me I probably have very little to add in the way of advice on that subject. My fellow bloggers have it covered! So instead of regurgitating the … [Read more...]

11.23.2017

What every fibro warrior needs to know about Lyme disease

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia, your doctor may have tested you for Lyme disease, a bacterial infection frequently transmitted by ticks. If you received a negative test result, he or she likely crossed Lyme off their mental list of potential causes for your symptoms and moved on to ruling out other conditions. But what many doctors don’t realize is the standard testing for Lyme disease is only 50-60 percent accurate. That means you could still have Lyme even … [Read more...]

11.14.2017

Why conventional medical doctors fail fibromyalgia patients (and what to do instead)

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article contains an Amazon affiliate link.  Within six months of my fibromyalgia diagnosis, it was evident to me that recovery was not going to come from a conventional medical doctor (MD) doling out prescription medications. I have way too many health problems for them to be solved during a routine 15-minute doctor's visit. I haven't seen my fibromyalgia specialist since 2014, and I doubt I ever will. I've given up on the conventional medical model because … [Read more...]

10.24.2017

How to take the pain out of exercising with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions

This is a guest post by Andrea Wool, creator of Autoimmune Strong, an online fitness program for people with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and other types of chronic pain. This article contains affiliate links.  We all know exercise is good for us. I haven’t yet met anybody who would refute that point. Especially doctors. When you go for your yearly checkup, they always remind you to exercise, right? However, exercise can be too much for people struggling with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other chronic pain or chronic fatigue disorders. I know … [Read more...]

09.25.2017

20 FREE tools to help you manage fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Medications. Copays. Medical bills. Higher insurance premiums. Supplements. Healthy food. Gadgets, creams and other products that may or may not work. The costs of living with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and Lyme add up fast. I know a lot of you are struggling financially to even pay for household basics, so a few weeks ago, I published a list of low-cost treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. As a followup to that article, … [Read more...]

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...]

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