Memantine for Fibromyalgia Recent studies have been looking at how the drug Mementine, currently used to treat Alzheimer's, may help those with fibromyalgia. Let's take a look at what this drug is, and how it works. Glutamate and Fibromyalgia Things to know: Glutamate is the most … [Read more...]
Living with Fibromyalgia
This category covers all things fibromyalgia. My experience living with fibromyalgia. Advice on coping with fibromyalgia. Medical studies about fibromyalgia. My life and experience living with fibromyalgia since 2010, and my advice on how to cope with fibromyalgia.
Check out the articles below for more fibromyalgia topics.
When you live with chronic illness it seems that everywhere you turn you are told to pace yourself and your activities. But, rarely do they explain what it means or how to do it. Pacing is a concept that gets thrown around a lot in support groups and blogs related to chronic illness. You may … [Read more...]
Could high altitude increase symptoms of fibromyalgia? Our journey across the country in our RV has brought us back to Colorado. I've been here a few times in the past to visit family and once again I'm reminded that this may not be the best place for me. Our first stop has us near Denver … [Read more...]
If you love someone with chronic illness, you want to show them you care. There are plenty of lists of things that you shouldn't say, things that aren't helpful to them or to your relationship. But, more important are the things that you should say to someone with chronic illness. These are the … [Read more...]
How much of your identity revolves around your illness? Around your pain? How do you describe yourself? If I asked you to describe yourself to me right now, what would you say? Would you include your pain and illness in that description? When you live with chronic pain, sometimes that pain is … [Read more...]
Several studies have now confirmed that fibromyalgia is less likely a rheumatoid or muscular disorder and more likely a neurological disorder. Unfortunately, these studies aren't getting us a faster diagnosis or (more importantly) better treatment options. Neuroimaging is pretty neat. It actually … [Read more...]
Do you feel like a failure because of your illness? Or, do you feel like a success? Donna over at February Stars shared some great thoughts about how our definition of success relates to chronic illness. We define our own successes, not societal pressures. When you strip it all back what … [Read more...]
When you live with chronic pain, it's not uncommon to be referred to a pain management specialist - aka, a pain clinic. Depending on where you are sent you may find a helpful clinic with doctors who listen and provide an array of options to treat your pain. Or, you may find a clinic with one set … [Read more...]
While taking Nonverbal Communications, our first assignment was to review a scholarly article. Upon reading through our list of choices one caught my eye right away. The title: "How Do We Communicate Pain? A systematic Analysis of the Semantic Contribution of Co-Speech Gestures in … [Read more...]
Saying yes is easy, and some of us say it way too often. Whether or not you live with chronic illness, it's important to learn how to say no. Often we say yes without even thinking about it, we don't think about the opportunity costs of saying yes and how saying yes to one thing always … [Read more...]