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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing a chronic...
Posted 06/05/2019
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How Fibromyalgia Has Changed My Life

How Fibromyalgia Has Changed My Life

Before fibro I worked up to two jobs, raised three boys alone, and kept a clean house. Now I’m in pain every day, all day. I have trouble thinking, talking—can’t even finish a sentence most of the time. Not to mention the exhaustion. Getting out...
Posted 06/04/2019
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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

My name is Jessica. I am 55, and I have had fibromyalgia for over 25 years. Fibromyalgia frequently coexists with multiple medical conditions, and I am no exception. I am also bipolar, which predisposes me to fibromyalgia. Chronic pain and bipolar...
Posted 05/23/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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Are You Afraid to Say No?

Are You Afraid to Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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What Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Lady Gaga's Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

Grammy and Oscar winner Lady Gaga (aka Stefani Germanotta) not only revealed she had fibromyalgia, but went so far as to make a documentary about living with fibro. Her actions created a wave of empathy and validation throughout the fibro...
Posted 04/19/2019
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Get Short Shrift in ERs

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patients Get Short Shrift in ERs

The study found that the main reason (33 percent) why CFS patients went to the emergency department was a condition called orthostatic intolerance. It occurs when a person feels faint when standing or sitting upright because not enough blood is...
Posted 03/18/2019
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Little Evidence Pain Creams Work

Little Evidence Pain Creams Work

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay ReporterTUESDAY, Feb. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite their wide use, commercial pain creams and gels don't do much for chronic pain, a new report claims.In fact, the government-funded study, ordered by U.S....
Posted 02/14/2019
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FDA Throws Cold Water on Whole Body Cryotherapy

FDA Throws Cold Water on Whole Body Cryotherapy

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay ReporterFRIDAY, March 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- There's no evidence that a growing trend called whole body cryotherapy is effective, but it does pose a number of risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.In...
Posted 12/20/2018
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Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds

Acupuncture May Help Ease Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Finds

By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture may help ease pain and improve quality of life for people with fibromyalgia, a new study suggests.Ten weeks after treatment, the pain scores of patients...
Posted 11/29/2018
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