History of Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis

As anyone who’s ever wondered if they have fibromyalgia probably knows, the different specialities within Western medicine are not necessarily on the same page in terms of the way they diagnose and treat pain.  Rheumatology has traditionally been the specialty people look to for help with fibromyalgia, yet there are rheumatologists out there who don’t evenContinue reading “History of Fibromyalgia as a Diagnosis”

Ugh… way too true

I just found this really great article that cut close to home.  It’s about the tricks people use to con others into thinking they’ve got some great new alternative healing method.  I hate to admit it, but over the years I’ve definitely been taken in by some of the tricks the author lists here.  LookingContinue reading “Ugh… way too true”

Beat the pain cycle: Take pain medications in the morning

Pain works in a cycle.  If you are in pain, you move awkwardly and tense up your muscles.  This ends up using your muscles them in a way they aren’t used to being used, and can increase inflammation and irritation to the surrounding muscles and nerves. Pain medication, whether it’s over-the-counter ibuprofen or a prescription-onlyContinue reading “Beat the pain cycle: Take pain medications in the morning”

Listen to music in the morning. Let yourself dance.

Find some great music. I love having music on in the background while I’m doing routine things like eating breakfast and getting dressed.  I find the combination of music and a mild caffeine buzz puts me in a good mood, and it’s a great way to distract yourself from any pain you might be feelingContinue reading “Listen to music in the morning. Let yourself dance.”

Start out slowly. It’s normal to be stiff in the morning.

If you have any kind of injury, muscle strain, or chronic pain, don’t be surprised if you wake up in more pain than you were in when you went to bed.  Everyone is a little bit more stiff in the morning from lying still all night long.  You just might not notice it until youContinue reading “Start out slowly. It’s normal to be stiff in the morning.”