7 Lessons in 7 Years of Being Sick

Choose to find value in your struggle and never surrender to your fibromyalgia. A week after my youngest son was born, I awoke to all-over body pain and the inability to walk or use my hands. That was nearly seven years ago and I have learned a lot about being sick, especially as I face…

Being Hopeful in the Face of Chronic Illness

Learn how to hold on to hope even when faced with the challenges of a chronic illness Ever since I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia in 2007, I have wondered what keeps people hopeful in order to successfully cope with and overcome challenges that illness brings. It is fascinating how some people can…

Guest Post: Winning Social Security Disability Benefits for Fibromyalgia

If you suffer from fibromyalgia and can’t work, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. But winning disability for fibromyalgia is more complex most people realize. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has special rules for determining if your fibromyalgia qualifies for disability benefits. First, you must have a diagnosis of fibromyalgia as defined by…

Topical Pain Agents for Pain Relief

Learn your topical treatment options to manage painful fibromyalgia. When you’re experiencing pain in your joints and muscles, topical pain relievers are a good alternative for pain management. These medications are delivered through a variety of dosage forms, including patches, gels, lotions, creams, sprays, and ointments. Topical agents have been used for decades to help…