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...]

03.21.2017

Using GABA to improve sleep with fibromyalgia

Disclaimers: This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.  When you have fibromyalgia, restorative sleep is always elusive. For many years, I haven't been able to sleep through the night. I would wake every 2-3 hours, then struggle to fall back to sleep. Like most fibro sufferers, I can't remember the last time I … [Read more...]

03.14.2017

10 reasons to fire your doctor!

This article on "10 reasons to fire your doctor" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. While I know there are both male and female physicians, I have used the pronoun "he" throughout this article for ease of reading.  Visit any online fibromyalgia support group, and you'll probably encounter plenty of physician horror stories. I've read accounts of doctors yelling at their patients, calling them fat and lazy, saying their symptoms are all in their heads and worse. Whenever I see these posts, my comment is … [Read more...]

02.20.2017

9 tips for anyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links. You’ve been given a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Now what? I know you’ve felt like crap for months – maybe even years. You’ve probably shuffled from doctor-to-doctor, trying to figure out why you’re in pain all the time and can barely pull yourself out of bed. You may even be relieved that you finally have a diagnosis. I know I was when I was diagnosed in 2014. But looking back at my own fibromyalgia journey, one quote comes … [Read more...]

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