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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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 if … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]

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