Sail Through Winter Without Fibromyalgia Pain

Try These 8 Doctor-Recommended Strategies By Diana Price, Special to Lifescript Published January 28, 2016 Reviewed by Edward C. Geehr, M.D., Lifescript Chief Medical Officer   When temperatures drop and stress levels rise, many women with fibromyalgia experience painful “flares.” Luckily, a few key strategies can help you sail through winter with greater ease… Winter…

7 Rules for Living Well With Chronic Illness

Living with a chronic illness doesn’t have to be hard A diagnosis of a chronic illness means you are sick and your illness is never going away. It is natural to feel a sense of injustice over the loss of something you thought you had control over. But living with chronic illness doesn’t have to…

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…

3 Resolutions to Help You Manage Fibromyalgia This New Year

Here are three simple things you can do this new year to improve your fibromyalgia. As another New Year approaches, you may have New Year’s resolutions in mind, but you think setting them is a waste of time. Because when you experience pain, fatigue, brain fogginess and other fibromyalgia symptoms, you think any resolution is…

When It Feels Like You Have Done It All

Learning to stay hopeful as you experience frustration and exhaustion from living with 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 when…

Chronic Illness: Five Solutions So You Aren’t Overwhelmed

Don’t ignore your chronic illness I know first-hand how overwhelming life with chronic illness can be. It is a struggle just to get out of bed every morning. You live with the understanding that there are just some things you can no longer do. Too many look of us at the future with uncertainty and…

9 Ways To Prevent Arthritis Flare-Ups

It’s difficult to predict when a flare-up may occur, but you may be able to reduce them if you know your triggers. One of the most difficult things I have come across as I manage my arthritis symptoms is predicting the possibility of flare-ups. While I can’t always keep them from occurring, I have learned…

Chronic Illness: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Job

Know your options, know your rights Chronically ill workers in the United States face uncertainty because they worry about their health, in addition to their jobs. Protections offered to them by the government are quite vague, adding more insecurity. A study out of the Center for Economics and Policy Research found that even through the United…

7 Tips to Improve Communication with Your Rheumatologist

Building a relationship with your rheumatologist can be beneficial for you and your doctor Arthritis patients do best when they have a rheumatologist they can communicate well with. A strong doctor-patient relationship can improve patient outcomes, promote a better quality of life and increase compliance with treatment. Your rheumatologist only has an average of about…

5 Tips to Manage Chronic-Illness Grief

Managing grief successfully can help you cope with health difficulties. Living with chronic illness is a continual grieving process. I generally try to be positive and I don’t always allow myself to feel grief that comes naturally with illness. While I desire to be happy, I cannot always just will away negative feelings. I need…

Five Ways I Became an Expert on My Chronic Illness Becoming an expert on your illness can help you cope. Managing chronic illness requires becoming an expert on your health in order maintain normalcy and to deal with challenges as they arise. Further, taking responsibility for your health empowers you to advance your quality of…

3 Ways Psychologists Help Chronically Ill Patients

Chronic illness takes its toll – and not just physically. The psychological needs of people with chronic illness are often overlooked and patients find themselves dealing with an uncertainty that often makes coping difficult. Patients struggle with emotional stress caused by illness along with anxieties towards the future and the type of support needed. Psychological…