The Patient Side of the Opioid Discussion That Needs to Be Heard

On Monday evening I took my weekly dose of methotrexate which means Tuesday sucked. I couldn’t stay home Tuesday as I usually do. I had a meeting at school and another at church. In the midst of the metho burn and the lupus/fibromyalgia medieval torture techniques, I sought out my kitchen cabinet for some relief before going…

Healing Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Pain Naturally

It doesn’t seem like it has been ten years since I was diagnosed with an “incurable” chronic pain disorder, fibromyalgia. As a physician, like so many of my colleagues, I was stressed, but I didn’t think for a moment that I would succumb to such a debilitating disorder.  It was a humbling experience, mostly because…

Five Common ‘No No’s’ for People With Fibromyalgia

By Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. Dear Readers, Here are five common “no no’s” people mistakenly do when trying to manage fibromyalgia. Do any sound like you? 1. Exercising too much or too little Fibromyalgia reflects an energy crisis in your body, so you can only exercise to a certain point. Beyond that, you get what is called…

FDA Warns About Dangers of Epidural Steroid Injections for Back Pain. Must Read Before Taking These Harmful Steroid

by Elisabeth Leamy The Food and Drug Administration has just issued what’s called a “Medwatch Alert” warning that Epidural steroid injections or “ESIs” for back and neck pain can be extremely dangerous. The alert says: “Injection of corticosteroids into the epidural space of the spine may result in rare but serious adverse events, including loss of vision, stroke,…

The Medical Medium—and What’s Potentially at the Root of Medical Mysteries

The Medical Medium—and What’s Potentially at the Root of Medical Mysteries In the foreword to Medical Medium, Alejandro Junger, M.D. writes, “As a man of science, I have been taught to the point of indoctrination that I must only trust what I can observe, measure, test, and reproduce.” But Junger then goes on to explain his career-long…

25 Reasons to Get a Massage

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) Consumer Survey, 72 percent of individuals surveyed claim their primary reason for receiving a massage in the previous 12 months was medical (43 percent) or stress (29 percent). A growing body of research supports the health benefits of massage therapy for conditions such as stress, fibromyalgia, low-back pain and more. Find…

Do you lose strength in your hands? Fibromyalgia sufferers do

A common feature that most fibromyalgia sufferers present is a diffuse pain that affects a large part of the body. This disconcerting symptom is usually accompanied by morning joint stiffness, paresthesias in the hands and feet, ie tingling sensation and numbness, sleep disturbances and above all a feeling of tiredness and fatigue that accompanies them…

WHAT EVERY FIBROMYALGIA SUFFERER OUGHT TO KNOW ABOUT TAKING A SHOWER

DOES FIBROMYALGIA MAKE TAKING A SHOWER ANOTHER EXHAUSTING ACTIVITY? For most people who don’t live with chronic pain conditions, a shower in the morning helps them feel refreshed, fully awake and ready for the day. Unfortunately, this isn’t the experience that many fibromyalgia sufferers have. It seems like such a small thing, but when you’re living with…

Using Herbs for Fibromyalgia Treatment

The Natural Approach: Herbs for Fibromyalgia Symptoms Herbs for FibromyalgiaIf you are like most of those dealing with the complex symptoms of fibromyalgia, you have probably tried numerous prescription medications as well as recommended supplements to ease your symptoms. For me, I think I’ve tried every known medication on the market: some specifically for fibromyalgia,…

What Explains the Link Between Psoriasis and Fibromyalgia?

People who fibromyalgia often don’t just suffer from fibromyalgia. There are a number of diseases that seem to go hand-in-hand with the condition. Fibromyalgia seems to be liked to things mood disorders, PTSD, arthritis, and IBS. Sometimes, you can even see the conditions that go along with fibromyalgia, like psoriasis. Psoriasis is a tough condition to deal with, which is why…