How to Handle Depression and Fibromyalgia

Learn the triggers of depression when living with fibromyalgia and how to overcome the symptoms. For so many with fibromyalgia, depression is a fact of life. In fact, depression is one of the most common complications of chronic illness. Just the idea of facing a long life with illness brings about uncertainty, grief, anger and…

Fibromyalgia: Three Things You Need to Know about Patient Empowerment

Learn how to take your fibromyalgia healthcare into your own hands and approach your doctor in a more confident, educated way. It is very difficult for patients to do what they don’t understand. Therefore, it is vital to arm yourself with the knowledge necessary to take a more active role in your healthcare. Patient empowerment…

Overcoming Arthritis in the Bedroom

Sex is a hot topic and it is also a taboo topic. Whether you are talking freely among friends or for educational purpose, there will be controversy. As it pertains to arthritis, many of you have found yourselves wondering whether arthritis and sex can even go together, but it is not a topic you want…

A Cheat Sheet for Coping with Rheumatoid Arthritis Flares

It may seem as if flares are the most difficult tests of all to endure. Every time I experience a flare, I think that I know what to expect but regardless of experience, it seems that every flare is different. Yet, in some ways, they are all the same. In the moments where I feel…

Can rheumatoid arthritis affect the eyes?

Rheumatoid arthritis is primarily a joint disease. However, RA occasionally affects other parts of the including the eyes. Eye conditions associated with RA include: (1) Dry eyes – you can use preservative free artificial eye drops to ease the discomfort of dry eyes. It is also possible that this could be a symptom of Sjogren’s,…

Do you worry about the future?

  When you are diagnosed with arthritis, regardless of the type you have, you begin to have feelings of uncertainty. You also have many questions, many which are unanswerable especially at the time of diagnosis. The important thing that patients look for when it comes to a prognosis is measurable results. However, that is not…

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…

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…

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…