When is it time to find a new doctor to treat your fibromyalgia?

This is something that we have all come across at one point or the other. In particular because finding a doctor that treats and understands fibromyalgia is a difficult task and takes a lot of work on the patient’s part. Having to do it a second time – well you get the picture. Therefore, the…

Utilizing Spiritual and Religious Methods of Coping

A 2005 study out the University of Iowa sought to better understand the relationship between religion/spirituality and physical and mental health in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain. Research from this study and many others suggests that there is a connection between religious and spiritual activity and better health. First, it is important to note that…

Newer Diagnosis of RA May Mean Fewer Surgeries

  As reported in Arthritis Today, people who have been diagnosed with RA in the past 15 years are less likely to need joint replacement surgery compared to those diagnosed prior to that 15 year period.  These results of this study are published in The Journal of Rheumatology.  Researchers link this to more aggressive treatments…

Chronic Illness Tip: Learn to Manage Stress

Stress is something that we cannot easily avoid because it is hard of our daily lives. It is the mind and body’s response to the pressures and tensions that affect us. Too much stress leads to an increase in pain, makes us prone to illness and for those of us with arthritis and other pain…

The Value of Appreciation

Having had my life changed by RA and fibromyalgia in my early 30s, I have the learned all too well the value of appreciation. What I have learned is appreciation helps us to live better lives and when chronic pain is a part of your life; a better life is on the top of your…

Arthritis and Winter Months

  How often have you said, “It is going to snow? I can feel it in my bones.” Not only have you said it but you have heard other arthritis sufferers say this and other similar quotes about predicting the weather. The reason we, as arthritis sufferers, can predict the weather is because we feel…

What Does it Mean to Accept Your Chronic Illness Diagnosis

Acceptance is one the toughest things that anyone of us has to do. Whether we are accepting the loss of loved one, moving to new town because of a job transfer, getting divorced, or accepting that we have to live with sickness and pain, acceptance isn’t easy. With chronic illness, the sooner you accept your…