5 Ways to Be Productive With Chronic Illness

Learn how to keep a schedule and get things done despite chronic pain. Being productive is important for people with chronic illness because it is an opportunity to focus on anything but their illnesses. However, schedules and goals can be difficult to accomplish when you are constantly dealing with symptoms. But just because it may…

What’s Wrong With Me?

What has been your diagnosis journey? Our patient advocate Lana describes hers. If you were reading a book or watching a movie about a person with a disease, the main character’s chronic illness would have some dramatic beginning: a fall, an accident, a lump, or a call from the doctor about a test result. But…

When It Feels Like You Have Done It All

Learning to stay hopeful as you experience frustration and exhaustion from living with rheumatoid arthritis. Living with a chronic illness, such as fibromyalgia, arthritis or lupus, can be very frustrating. There is no one size fits all solution. Even when patients are following doctor’s orders, they can still struggle to manage their disease symptoms. And…

Topical Pain Agents for Pain Relief

Learn your topical treatment options to manage painful arthritis. 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…

5 Types of People We All Meet Living With Chronic Illness

From skeptics to know-it-alls to helpers, here are the people you face as you live with fibromyalgia and how to deal with them. No one knows your chronic illness better than you do, yet you find that everyone has an opinion about what you are going through. I have been chronically ill for almost seven…

Moving Past the “Why Me?” Question

When you live with a chronic illness and all its related discomforts, “Why me?” is a question you ask often. Being sick is a personal thing, especially when it feels like you are being punished. If we feel pain and we feel as if we are suffering, then we ask this question. But we don’t…

The Link between Domestic Violence and Chronic Illness

Domestic abuse puts prolonged stress on the body, which can lead to all sorts of chronic diseases including fibromyalgia. According to a global study, 30 percent of women are impacted by intimate partner, domestic or sexual abuse. It takes a lot for women to leave abusive relationships and to rise as survivors. Unfortunately, however, many…