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Alternative Treatments for Fibromyalgia

A 2010 review of studies on alternative treatments for Fibromyalgia in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine   determined that the following have significant affect on treating Fibromyalgia. Acupuncture - Having needles poked into your skin doesn't sound pleasant, but it really doesn't hurt much at all, especially compared tot he pain you are likely already … [Keep Reading...]

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Is tracking your pain a mistake?

Is tracking your pain a mistake?

Health.com had an article on 13 mistakes that Fibromyalgia patients make; the first mistake was "not tracking your pain". They suggest that you should keep a pain diary to be able to better assess improvements in your health. Since "patients are always in pain … [Read More...]

marijuana for Fibromyalgia: Does it work?

Marijuana for Fibromyalgia: Does it work?

I posted a couple of months ago about a survey of Fibromyalgia patients regarding which medications worked best.  Marijuana was reported to work better than any of the major three approved Fibro medications; this isn't surprising really when you consider how … [Read More...]

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Fibro Warrior – Douglas – Guys with Fibro

This week I'm bringing you another example of guys with Fibro. Yes, Guys get Fibro, too! My interview today is with talk show host, Douglas Lancaster (aka @iDouglasMichael ), of Bakersfield, CA. He was diagnosed in 2007 at the age of 34. Ladies, he's currently … [Read More...]

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6 Things We Wish Healthy People Could Understand

I started thinking about this topic recently, about how there are certain things about living with chronic pain that those around us will never understand. That a healthy person just can't (sometimes won't) understand. As I thought about what came to my own … [Read More...]

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Sunday Inspiration: The Opportunity Costs of Life

We all make choices every day that affect not just our day but our entire life. Often we look back and think about the things we should have done, we may even ruminate on those things, causing us more stress and grief. I’ve caught myself doing that a lot lately in regards to the finishing school. I’ve caught myself too many times thinking “I’m doing something I should have done 20 years ago…” but then if I stop and think about it, what would it have cost me, what would I have had to give up if I had finished school 20 years ago? How different would my life be?

Does Lyrica work for Fibromyalgia?

Evaluating the Effects of Lyrica for Fibromyalgia

If you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, there’s a pretty good chance that your doctor has at least suggested Lyrica as an option. Most of us have tried it at some point. Some find that it works really well to help relief their Fibromyalgia symptoms, others not so much. A study done in Sept 2013 […]

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Chronic Migraines and Cluster Headaches

Migraines have been on my mind a lot lately, both literally and figuratively. I started another period of cluster headaches about a month ago, and as I’ve talked with friends about my migraines I realized that I’m often finding myself defending my migraines (at least it feels that way). The truth is that a decade […]

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Relationship Between a Positive Attitude and Fibromyalgia Symptoms

A study of 735 Fibromyalgia patients, examined their affect (mood), breaking them into four sub-groups and examining the correlation between affect and symptoms. The four groups were Healthy (low negative affect/ high positive affect) Depressive (high negative affect / low positive affect) Reactive (high negative affect / high positive affect) Low (low negative affect / […]

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Fibro Warrior – Leida

This week’s Fibro Warrior is Leida from Chicago. She’s a sweet geek who loves comics, games, and archery

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Travel Insurance and Chronic Illness

We are heading to Mexico in a couple of days (second attempt at the vacation that got cancelled back in January), so I thought it would be a good time to discuss the topic of Travel Insurance and why it isn’t all that when it comes to Fibromyalgia, but it’s still a good idea for […]