When you’re in constant pain and nobody believes you

Jennifer Brea was 28 when she found herself unable to finish a short bike ride or run — she’d head home halfway through and sleep for hours. “I kind of thought, ‘Oh, maybe I’m just getting older,’” says the director and star of the new documentary “Unrest.” “I was only 28, and I was like,…

20 Tips for Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

1. Your body is not the enemy. Quite the opposite; it’s working hard to support you. There’s a chapter in the book titled “Appreciating the Wondrousness of the Human Body.” Your body is indeed wondrous. Even so, it’s also vulnerable to illness and injury, so it deserves your compassion not your anger. 2. It’s not your…

When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don’t We?

Reprinted with the kind permission of Toni Bernhard. Scheduling rest periods into your day can help tremendously. Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring. I’ve learned from experience and from the thousands of people who’ve…

What every fibro warrior needs to know about Lyme disease

By Donna Gregory Burch Before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia, your doctor may have tested you for Lyme disease, a bacterial infection frequently transmitted by ticks. If you received a negative test result, he or she likely crossed Lyme off their mental list of potential causes for your symptoms and moved on to ruling out other conditions….

Century-old vaccine gives new hope to fibromyalgia community

By Donna Gregory Burch If someone could give you a vaccine that would cure your fibromyalgia, would you do it? That may sound like a dream, but it’s closer to reality than you might think. Los Angeles-based biomedical firm EpicGenetics and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers are seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to…

22 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Have Fibromyalgia

y Erin Migdol When you’re fighting an invisible illness like fibromyalgia, the battles aren’t always obvious to outsiders. When you turn down an invitation or opt to take the elevator instead of the stairs, it’s all too easy for people to assume the reasons why — without realizing that in fact, you’re just doing your best to…

I have the same condition as Lady Gaga, fibromyalgia

I was in my first term at university. A couple of months later, I was bed-bound because of the debilitating pain. After I received my Fibromyalgia diagnosis at the age of 18, I couldn’t properly comprehend how it would impact me for the rest of my life. I not only struggled with the constant pain…

10 Fibromyalgia Symptoms That Are Less Common and Known

Less Known Fibromyalgia Symptoms Most of the patients with fibromyalgia are aware with the condition’s numerous common indications. These comprise of depression, pain, fibro fog, fatigue, stiffness, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome. It is possible that in case you suffer from fibromyalgia, you will suffer from most of these symptoms, though if not all. But,…