Light & Noise Sensitivity in Fibromyalgia Patients

Light and noise sensitivity is something that doctors and researchers have closely linked to fibromyalgia since the early 1990s when medicine started to recognize it as a real condition. However, despite its recognition, it is one of those fibro symptoms that are not priority on the long list of fibromyalgia symptoms that most of us…

What did it take for you to get a fibromyalgia diagnosis?

Fibromyalgia take about three to five years on average to be diagnosed and most patients endure a long and difficult journey in the process. There are many factors to contribute to this delay including the fact that the only indicator that something is wrong is pain and symptoms that go undetected in blood work and…

Is there a cure for arthritis?

The number of persons affected by arthritis is going up and this number is going to continue to climb because the baby boomer generation is aging. Recent numbers indicate that over 21 percent of adults (1 in 5) reported being diagnosed with osteoarthritis or another arthritis related condition such as rheumatoid arthritis. It can be…

The Internet as a Resource and the Mistake of Self-Diagnosis

We have all been guilty of this but the truth is, self-diagnosis is a bad idea. It does not even matter what website you are using. WebMD or National Institutes for Health – don’t do it! First, it is not easy as it seems and it can lead to incorrect conclusions. Feel free to research…

Chronic Illness Tip: Make Job modifications

If you want to keep working full or part time, you have to stay physically and mentally able to continue to manage your job responsibilities.  To avoid stress and anxiety, you need to allow yourself more time during the day to get your responsibilities done.  Speak with your employer about a flexible schedule that would…

Consider writing a letter to yourself

One of things that the majority of us living with chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and rheumatoid have is this tendency to feel self-doubt. I mean, who wouldn’t? We live with pain daily and our conditions are unpredictable. Chronic conditions forces us to feel frustration about life, the issues that they bring into our lives, and…

Winter Months and Fibromyalgia

For many of us with chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia, the wintertime blues is a fact of life. A stormy sky or a sunny day can affect and impact you mood and your ability to get outdoors. Rainy and windy weather can exacerbate pain and other symptoms. Winter is fast approaching and many of us…

Chronic Illness Tip: Continue to Have Dreams

Prior to your diagnosis, you had ambitions that may have included a promotion or a higher educational degree, getting married, having kids, and/or saving the world. Whatever your dreams were, it feels like chronic illness has taken them away. However, that is not entirely true. Just because chronic illness has made some things difficult for…