30 Things Only People With Fibromyalgia Tend to Understand

If you live with fibromyalgia, you can describe the symptoms you experience to your doctor and tell your friends and family how the illness affects your ability to participate in everyday activities. But unless they have the condition themselves, it’s just about impossible for them to truly understand what fibro is like. It usually takes…

FIBROMYALGIA IS DECLARED AS A NEW LONG TERM DISABILITY

  After osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disease.However, it is difficult to choose the previous fibromyalgia because its symptoms fluctuate. This condition mainly affects women than men. It is characterized by pain in the body accompanied by stiffness and fatigue. According to Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan,…

Please Don’t Roll Your Eyes at Me When I Tell You I Have Fibromyalgia

    I don’t usually tell people I have fibromyalgia because this admission is usually accompanied by the eye roll. Fibromyalgia is a unique illness in that many people, including physicians, think we’re making it up. In their mind, fibromyalgia doesn’t exist. It’s all in our heads. We need to get counseling, or we’re looking for drugs….

What Treatments Work for Fibromyalgia?

Understanding Fibromyalgia: Treatment Options Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that causes chronic pain you might feel all over your body; fatigue; and trouble with cognitive functions like thinking clearly and long-term memory. It’s believed to be caused when your nervous system gets stuck in “alarm” mode. Because there’s no cure, treating fibromyalgia is better envisioned…

What Selma Blair’s Oscar Appearance Meant to Me as Someone With a Chronic Illness

Like many people around the globe, I watched the Oscars yesterday night. Some of the movies really moved me, and I truly enjoyed watching them and seeing some amazing performances. As someone with fibromyalgia and arthritis, I was incredibly moved by Lady Gaga’s performance, since she’s been so open about her chronic pain struggles and how her life was stopped more than…

Please Don’t Roll Your Eyes at Me When I Tell You I Have Fibromyalgia

I don’t usually tell people I have fibromyalgia because this admission is usually accompanied by the eye roll. Fibromyalgia is a unique illness in that many people, including physicians, think we’re making it up. In their mind, fibromyalgia doesn’t exist. It’s all in our heads. We need to get counseling, or we’re looking for drugs. People living…

Why Pushing Too Hard With Fibromyalgia Means, ‘If You Play, You Will Pay’

“If you play, you will pay.” That’s what one of my gazillion doctors told me about fibromyalgia. In other words, if you have a semi-good day and over do it, expect to pay for it afterwards. As a creative and artistic person who has been fortunate enough to spend most of my adult life working in…