The Problem With Sending Lady Gaga ‘Get Well Soon’ Wishes

The Problem With Sending Lady Gaga ‘Get Well Soon’ Wishes Last week, Lady Gaga made international headlines by canceling the remainder of her tour dates for a second time, due to her debilitating fibromyalgia. Moved to send love to Mother Monster, hundreds of thousands of fans began tweeting their understanding and good wishes. Soon, #GetWellSoonGaga was trending. Being a…

19 ‘Harmless’ Comments That Actually Hurt People With Fibromyalgia

19 ‘Harmless’ Comments That Actually Hurt People With Fibromyalgia If you live with fibromyalgia, you may be familiar with some of the “harmless” comments people say to those who are struggling. Oftentimes these remarks from family and friends are well-intentioned, but a lack of understanding about fibro and how it affects you may result in their statement…

How to Tell if it’s Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis

How to Tell if it’s Fibromyalgia or Multiple Sclerosis There is so much mystery in the world of fibromyalgia, in large part because it effects everyone differently. Another reason for the mystery is due to the similarity in fibro symptoms compared to other diseases and syndromes. Fibromyalgia is sometimes misdiagnosed as a different problem and…

Bananas for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Although there is no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help our symptoms. There is a lot of talk about supplements here, which are a great way to ensure that you get consistent daily amounts, but it is also important to make sure that you eat the right…

Is Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosed as ADHD in Young People?

Is Fibromyalgia Misdiagnosed as ADHD in Young People? Fibromyalgia is a complicated illness. The experts still aren’t sure exactly what causes it or how to cure it. But researchers discover new correlations every day and develop clues about the nature of the illness. The more recent interesting finding from researchers is a possible link with…

To the Person Who Doesn’t Know What Life With Chronic Illnesses Is Like

Picture this — you wake up in the morning and want to take a shower. However, you know if you do that, you risk using all your energy and strength and not being able to do anything else all day. Imagine a world in which most of the housework is left up to your children. Forget about being able to…

When a Doctor Said My Fibromyalgia Treatment Was ‘Hilarious’

I have received many comments and advice about my pain under the guise of well-meaning concern. So this is my response, a kind of plea to those who may or may not get what people with invisible illnesses are going through. Lakshmi wearing Kinesio tape. My younger son Vishruth had some kind of swelling under his eye and I…

26 People With Fibromyalgia Give Advice to Those Newly Diagnosed

Fibromyalgia may affect an estimated 10 million people in the United States, but because of its complicated and varying symptoms, many doctors don’t even understand what it’s like. Can you imagine getting a diagnosis for something your own physician can’t even explain to you? In addition to fatigue, pain and problems with cognitive functioning, the uncertainty for those…

33 Things People With Fibromyalgia Wish Their Doctors Knew

In an ideal world, every doctor would have an immediate understanding of a patient’s medical history, symptoms and everything he or she goes through. Of course, that’s not exactly realistic (doctors are only human, after all), but there is always room to learn more about the patient experience. We asked people with fibromyalgia in the National Fibromyalgia Association’s Facebook…

EPSTEIN-BARR VIRUS, CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME, AND FIBROMYALGIA

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has created a secret epidemic. Out of the roughly 320 million people in the U.S., over 225 million Americans have some form of EBV. Epstein-Barr is responsible for mystery illnesses of every category: For some people, it creates fatigue and pain that go unnamed. For others, EBV symptoms prompt doctors to prescribe ineffective…

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