20 Photos That Show What Fibromyalgia Really Looks Like

  Fibromyalgia is typically thought of as an “invisible” illness. But what if you look closer? What’s going on behind the brave face, the body that to others appears “fine?” Often, it’s days spent on the couch, feeling too nauseated to eat, excruciating nerve pain, and pushing through it all while few people see your struggle — that’s…

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…

When a Fibromyalgia ‘Low Mood’ Hits

While suffering from rheumatic fever at the age of 5, I read “What Katy Did” by Susan Coolidge, and it had a profound effect on me. When Katy has an accident and is bedridden for a long time, she takes a relative’s advice about how she should behave as a sick person, and becomes a pillar of…

How to understand a person who suffers from chronic pain

People with chronic pain have tried many alternative therapies and therefore know which ones may or may not help them. Some people have been misinformed or more often than not understood in their daily struggle; we also tend to inadvertently underestimate the sufferings of the person. This article is designed to help you understand: Here are some tips…

Fibromyalgia and Blood Vessels  –  Is There a Connection?

Do you ever think about how fibromyalgia and blood vessels affect each other?  Is there a connection? I often say that fibromyalgia is complex and affects multiple systems in the body. When you think about fibromyalgia, you think about the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, GI tract, brain, etc. But do you ever think about your…

6 Painless Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia pain can easily derail your entire life. It’s an agonizing and seemingly endless experience that leaves you unable to do the things that other people take for granted. But while that pain is the most noticeable symptom and the one that usually sends people to the doctor for the first time, there are a large…

Ask the Expert Gabapentin Dosing for Neuropathic Pain

First, we must consider the different neuropathic pain types. Neuropathic pain can be diverse in nature, encompassing a wide range of pain types, including post-herpetic neuralgia (PHN), painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN), and painful cancer-related neuropathies. Gabapentin has been shown to be beneficial in treating several types of neuropathic pain; however, the mechanism of action…

Excessive Sweating: When the Hypothalamus Doesn’t Cooperate

If you have fibromyalgia, an “invisible illness”, you often experience severe symptoms that no one can see, sometimes leading to misunderstandings and causing more stressful situations. You’re most likely used to taking a more cautious approach to outdoor activities or an kind of exertion for fear of aggravating your symptoms, but if you don’t have an understanding support system of…

Lady Gaga Turns Up the Heat to Fight Chronic Pain

By Pat Anson, Editor Lady Gaga is well known for her unconventional approach to singing, fashion and just about everything else. So it’s not altogether surprising that the 30-year old entertainer has some unusual remedies for chronic pain — including infrared saunas, ice baths, emergency blankets and frozen peas. Lada Gaga recently shared on Instagram…

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