Chronically Kind Yoga review

(I received free access to Aroga Yoga's Chronically Kind Yoga course in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own. This post includes affiliate links.) I bet I can read the minds of some of you: "Another yoga-related article? Is she seriously gonna try to convince me that stretching is really gonna help my chronic illness?" I know the feeling because I've been there myself! But there's a reason why so many chronic pain-related websites are obsessed with publishing yoga articles. It's because it actually works! Below are links to a few research studies, which … [Read more...]


6 reasons why your elimination diet failed

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. This article contains an affiliate link. When I became serious about healing from chronic illness, the first thing that made the biggest difference in my fibromyalgia symptoms was going on an elimination diet. I started in 2015 by cutting out gluten, soy, processed foods and most processed sugar. Within 30 days, I experienced a noticeable reduction in my pain. A few years later, I added dairy to my do-not-eat list after I tested positive for a casein sensitivity. Within … [Read more...]


How to roll away your fibromyalgia pain

This is a guest post by Andrea Wool, fellow fibromyalgia warrior and founder of Autoimmune Strong, a fitness program developed for those with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. This post contains affiliate links. I was an active person before fibromyalgia changed my body. I was a go-getter, someone who threw myself into my long work days. I was a long distance runner, a gym rat, a skier. I was someone who loved to go out, to travel, to hike and camp, the life of the party. Andrea Wool, founder of Autoimmune Strong That all changed once fibromyalgia hit. I went from this … [Read more...]


Taking back control from chronic illness

Julie Holliday, my friend from the Chronic Illness Bloggers network, is offering two free online workshops this Wednesday and Sunday where she’ll share her 8 steps for taking back control from chronic illness for a more relaxed, balanced and fulfilling life. I signed up over the weekend for these workshops and thought you guys might be interested, too! Julie's 8 steps are designed to: Decrease anxiety and increase calmness Help you to feel more in control and less overwhelmed Practice more self-compassion and acceptance of your health challenges Foster a more positive … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


How mindfulness can ease your chronic pain

A guest post by Jared Levenson, No Effort Big Change You’ve heard of mindfulness, right? The topic been on the front covers of numerous magazines, including Time. We’re going to be talking about mindfulness today. We’re going to get into “how” mindfulness can reduce your pain. But first, let’s talk about mindfulness and its link to pain. The definition of mindfulness is basically being present, feeling and not judging. You might be wondering, “How can just feeling my pain be in any way beneficial towards reducing my pain?” Let’s dive in. In addition to being featured in Time, … [Read more...]


Fibro warrior develops exercise program just for us!

This article about Autoimmune Strong was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains an affiliate link.  Exercise is a sore subject (literally!) in the fibromyalgia and Lyme communities. That's why I've avoided writing about it for so long. I know a lot of you will agree with me when I say I'm sick of hearing doctors and researchers tell me that I'll feel better if I just exercise. But I also know, based on the current research, they're probably right. The problem is when we're struggling to get the … [Read more...]


23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]


Adult coloring: How a favorite childhood pastime can help you manage chronic illness

This story on using adult coloring to manage chronic illness was originally published on Prohealth.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Every time I visit my local arts-and-crafts store, I stop by the display of adult coloring books and pencils near the front door. I pick up several of the books and flip through the pages, looking for one that wouldn’t put my obsessive compulsive tendencies into overdrive. (I admit I’m completely intimidated by some of the more intricate patterns.) I look at the packages of colored … [Read more...]

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