Diagnosing Fibromyalgia Can Be Long, Difficult Process

Because of newer, comprehensive methods for treating fibromyalgia, including lifestyle approaches and medication, the prognosis for fibromyalgia patients is slowly improving.  But first a doctor needs to make an accurate diagnosis, which isn’t easy. On average, it takes 2 to 3 years to get a diagnosis, and research shows that people with fibromyalgia typically see … Continue reading Diagnosing Fibromyalgia Can Be Long, Difficult Process

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My Letter to the Single Parent With Chronic Illness

Being a single parent with chronic illness can be lonely, scary, and confusing. If you’re also in this situation, patient advocate Lana Barhum shares a letter just for you, filled with what she’s learned from eight years of single parenting with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. “Some days, you will doubt yourself and your ability to … Continue reading My Letter to the Single Parent With Chronic Illness

Is Fibromyalgia Like a Software Problem?

Earlier this year, the British Pain Society released an interesting study on the development of a new method to help doctors better communicate with fibromyalgia patients about their pain and symptoms. That narrative, which takes the unusual approach of comparing fibromyalgia to a software problem in a computer, is geared towards motivating patients to focus … Continue reading Is Fibromyalgia Like a Software Problem?

Disclosure of Chronic Illness in the Workplace

Should you reveal health issues at work? Whom should you tell, and what should you say? Here’s how to handle these delicate questions. There's a long list of people you don’t have to talk to about your chronic illness, and your employer is one. Legally, you don't have to disclose a single thing about your … Continue reading Disclosure of Chronic Illness in the Workplace

Few Differences in Fibromyalgia Between Men & Women

Fibromyalgia is remarkably more common in women than it is in men, but when it comes to feeling its effects, there is little difference between the sexes, according to results of a new study published in the journal Pain Research and Management. Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood disorder characterized by deep tissue pain, fatigue, depression … Continue reading Few Differences in Fibromyalgia Between Men & Women

7 Healthy Eating Tips to Minimize Chronic Illness Symptoms

We all know that diet and physical activity significantly affect our health. They help prevent many illnesses and also help keep the symptoms of chronic conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and fibromyalgia, at bay. Not everyone with chronic illness is physically able to get enough exercise.  But we can all make healthy diet choices to … Continue reading 7 Healthy Eating Tips to Minimize Chronic Illness Symptoms

What Is Chronic Disease and How Do I Live With It?

Being diagnosed with a chronic disease or illness could mean a lifetime of challenges. It also prompts many health questions, a quest for answers, and connecting with peers and professionals who can help you. Living with a chronic illness might not be what you expected or hoped for, but your life can still be absolutely … Continue reading What Is Chronic Disease and How Do I Live With It?