Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’

Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’ It never ceases to frustrate me to realize how pervasive the “Just Do It” culture is. Whenever I discuss my physical limitations with others, I’m often met with the suggestion that I simply need to “push through.” Which leaves me wondering, what does this phrase really…

‘But You Don’t Look Sick…’

I hope this post doesn’t come off bitter or scathing, but I am so tired of people’s judgmental and malicious comments, especially when they assume you must look a certain way for sickness validation and support from your friends and family. I have enough to deal with, as do many others — why must I also…

Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,” Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

Fibromyalgia Featured on Doctor Oz Show

The episode of the Doctor Oz Show entitled “Pain Pain Go Away: Do You Have Fibromyalgia?” featured 2 segments on fibromyalgia. Click here to view the 2 clips from the show on fibromyalgia: http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/pain-pain-go-away-do-you-have-fibromyalgia Dr. Jennifer Caudle, D.O., a board-certified Family Medicine physician who has treated fibromyaglia for over 10 years, appears in both clips discussing…

5 Celebrities Who Suffer From Fibromyalgia

Since fibromyalgia affects about 5% percent of the population, it shouldn’t be a surprise to learn that a large number of celebrities suffer with fibromyalgia. Here are a few that you probably know. 1 Morgan Freeman An extremely popular film actor, Mr. Freeman, has starred in numerous movies, such as The Shawshank Redemption and Driving Miss Daisy. In a 2012…

Lady Gaga Opens Up About Her Struggle With Chronic Pain

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. Lady Gaga recently shared on Instagram details about her “frustrating”…

Fibromyalgia Finally Officially Recognized As Real Disease

The day that many fibromyalgia sufferers have been waiting for has finally come. Fibromyalgia is real and is now recognized as such by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. Effective October 1, 2015, fibromyalgia has its own diagnosis code that is included in the list of official diagnostic codes used…

Fibromyalgia vs. Lupus, differences in symptoms, pain, causes, and treatment

differences in symptoms, pain, causes, and treatment Fibromyalgia and lupus are two conditions that can cause pain, but it’s important to recognize the many significant differences between the two. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or lupus, is an autoimmune systemic disorder, which affects the joints, skin, and practically any organ in the body. Fibromyalgia affects the muscles…

10 Ways to Make the Holidays Easier When You Have Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia is hard. It’s by far one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to deal with. I often say that I’d give birth all over again just to never have fibro pain. But the holidays are here and with that comes extra shopping, cooking, entertaining and, of course, travel.   Unfortunately, for those of us…

Fibromyalgia Nerve Pain, Substance P, and Pain Threshold

We also know that fibro affects other major systems of the body, often causing symptoms from one system to interplay with symptoms from another system. This pain can literally get on every nerve of the body, while causing other symptoms to be “reactive” so to speak. Let’s look at the role of Substance P and…

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