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 →

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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 →

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 →

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 →

Letter to Loved Ones About Chronic Illness

One of the hardest parts of dealing with chronic illness an be constantly feeling like we have let others down because of the limitations imposed by our health. In many cases we feel the need to apologize, even though loved ones tell us repeatedly that we don't. Please understand that it can make us feel... Continue Reading →

How Winter Affects 7 Chronic Conditions

When most of us think of getting sick in the winter, we think of coughs, colds, and the flu. But cold and damp weather and changes in barometric pressure can aggravate symptoms of many chronic illnesses too. If you have a chronic condition, it’s important to know about and watch for these changes. Winter weather... Continue Reading →

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