I’m a Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 13 Things I Wish People Knew.

I’m a Doctor With Chronic Illness. Here Are 13 Things I Wish People Knew.

I’ve written this article to help educate those who want to learn about chronic illness. It is written from my perspective, that of a doctor who treated patients with chronic illness for many years, and who spent five years of my life homebound due to chronic illness. I want to spread awareness so that friends, family, employers, coworkers, and health care professionals can better understand chronic illness. My hope is that an increase in awareness…

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FIBROMYALGIA IS DECLARED AS A NEW LONG TERM DISABILITY

FIBROMYALGIA IS DECLARED AS A NEW LONG TERM DISABILITY

After osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disease.However, it is difficult to choose the previous fibromyalgia because its symptoms fluctuate. This condition mainly affects women than men. It is characterized by pain in the body accompanied by stiffness and fatigue. According to Daniel Clauw, MD, professor of anesthesiology at the University of Michigan, said the treatment of pain in an abnormal way in fibromyalgia. He also added that the sensation of pain is…

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The Most Hateful Things People say to Fibromyalgia Sufferers

The Most Hateful Things People say to Fibromyalgia Sufferers

When you are suffering from fibromyalgia, you’ve possible heard some comments about your condition that make you think, “Seriously?!” Although our doctors and loved ones usually have good intentions, occasionally a lack of understanding causes their questions or advice to entirely miss the mark. It can be annoying and upsetting when someone doesn’t really pay attention or try to understand and this can unluckily result in unacquainted and insensitive comments. Occasionally though, the things people say are…

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Fibromyalgia and Bloating

Fibromyalgia and Bloating

A build-up of gas in the stomach and intestines is known as bloating. Here are a few theories on bloating/abdominal distension According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information: > Intra-abdominal volume displacement is altered (abdomino-phrenic theory) > Increased sensitivity of intestinal stimuli (sensory dysfunction or psychological factors) > Luminal contents are increased (gas, stools, liquid or fat) > Abdominal emptying is impaired (e.g., faulty propulsion, hindered evacuation) I finally understood why this was happening…

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How to Tell the Difference Between Fibro Pain and a Heart Attack

How to Tell the Difference Between Fibro Pain and a Heart Attack

While fibromyalgia it can’t kill you in a few seconds, a heart attack can. Symptoms that are very similar to a heart attack can be caused by fibromyalgia. So this is the reason why fibromyalgia sufferers need to know when their symptoms are a heart attack or fibro pain. Here’s how to tell the difference. By touching your chest where you feel pain you can tell effortlessly if your chest pain is a heart attack or fibro…

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Fibromyalgia And Diet: A Beginner’s Guide To Natural Treatment

Fibromyalgia And Diet: A Beginner’s Guide To Natural Treatment

Do you experience long-term muscle tenderness or joint pain that affects your everyday life? Are you worried it will only get worse? Fibromyalgia is an unusual medical condition thought to affect up to 6% of the population, particularly middle-aged women (1). While it cannot be completely cured, it can be treated… and what you eat appears to be a fundamental piece of the puzzle. This is a beginner’s guide on fibromyalgia and diet. Definition and causes of fibromyalgia Fibromyalgia is a…

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Why People With Fibromyalgia Heal Slower Than Others?

Why People With Fibromyalgia Heal Slower Than Others?

Fibromyalgia and Slow Healing Wounds Who of us haven’t had a simple scratch or scrape on their skin? They heal up quickly right? Well if you are like me and many others with fibromyalgia, you my find you do not heal as quickly as you should. Before we can delve into why that is, we must first understand the rudimentary facts of how a scratch or cut heals. The Healing Process When you first get…

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New Treatment Target for Fibromyalgia: Inflammation in the Brain

New Treatment Target for Fibromyalgia: Inflammation in the Brain

Scientists have long suspected that inflammation in the brain (neuroinflammation) could be the cause of the amplification of pain signals in the brain seen in fibromyalgia. They can show this to be the case in lab animals, but this theory has been hard to prove in humans- mostly because researchers can’t very easily biopsy brain tissue of living people. However, some very creative Swedish scientists figured out a different way assess levels of inflammation in…

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Heat Stroke And Dehydration with Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome

Heat Stroke And Dehydration with Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndrome

Summer is in full swing and the thermometer is climbing. But while many people look forward to warmer temperatures, those with fibromyalgia (FM) may face the turning of the seasons with a sense of dread. Some people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have heat sensitivities and find weather that is a bit colder more tolerable than hot. They should take extra precautions to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. A heat sensitive person often feels…

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Effect Of Dehydration on Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Effect Of Dehydration on Fibromyalgia Sufferers

Dehydration The human body is a bio-electrical water machine that requires a quart a day for every fifty pounds of body weight. The blood alone is made up of a large percentage of watery serum. The lymph fluids which transport waste and nutrients, comprising four times the volume of blood in the body, are made from the water we consume. Every cell that makes us who we are literally owes its life to an adequate…

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