Fibromyalgia: The ‘invisible illness’ that could be causing your chronic pain

Fibromyalgia affects nearly 1 in 20 people in the UK, however it is still widely misunderstood, with the chronic pain and symptoms of the syndrome often leading to sufferers being misdiagnosed with other conditions. Danielle Lloyd is trying to raise awareness of the condition after her mother Jackie has been suffering with the condition for the past…

New book offers hope to sufferers of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression and other medically unexplained symptoms and invisible illnesses.

A new book, The Intelligent Body, by leading Cardiff-based Chartered Psychologist, Kyle Davies BSc MPhil CPsychol AFBPsS is set to offer new hope to sufferers of conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, anxiety, depression, migraine, and stress by helping to reverse their symptoms from the inside out (without expensive supplements or medications). Fibromyalgia recently came…

Pitfalls and Pleasures of Therapeutic Massage for Fibromyalgia and Myofascial Pain

By Celeste Cooper In a 2015 review and meta-analysis of different styles of massage therapy for those of us living with fibromyalgia, Yuan SL, Matsutani LA, and Marques AP concluded “overall, most styles of massage therapy consistently improved the quality of life of fibromyalgia patients.” But, it is difficult to know why certain types of therapy might…

Two simple tests can ID fibromyalgia in pain patients

(HealthDay)—Two simple tests can indicate a probable diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM) in patients with chronic pain, according to a study published online Oct. 23 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. Kim D. Jones, Ph.D., from Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and colleagues studied 352 patients scheduled for routine examination in two primary care practices….

Battling the Emotional Side of Fibromyalgia

    Everyone talks about the physical side of fibromyalgia, but what a lot of non-sufferers and non-believers do not understand is how much we suffer emotionally as well. Going forward, I will refer to these people as the “nons.” Try having to live with a chronic illness that no one really understands and that…

The Important Role Exercise Plays In Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia

With an estimated 5 million people in the United States suffering from fibromyalgia, it’s indisputably one of the most common types of chronic pain conditions. Unfortunately, it often goes undiagnosed, as was exhibited by Lady Gaga’s struggle—the singer recently opened up about dealing with the aches and pains of fibromyalgia, only to be told time and time…

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…

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…