Moist Heating Pads are the Best Heating Pads

I have to be honest with you… people suggested I try moist heat for a long time before I actually did it. Frankly, buying a new heating pad seemed unnecessary when I thought I was getting the same benefits from taking hot showers, or spending time in the hot tub at my gym.  After all, bothContinue reading “Moist Heating Pads are the Best Heating Pads”

A little optimism

It’s been almost two weeks since my surgery, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  It’s actually amazing how normal I feel. When I first got home from the hospital, I felt as though I was returning from another planet.  The extreme pain and sleep deprivation (due to pain before the surgery,Continue reading “A little optimism”

Face to face with my lack of ab strength

The only good thing about being out of shape is that it doesn’t take very much to get a good workout. Ever since I’ve been having my lower back and hip problems, I’ve known that I needed to work on my abs.  I’ve been a physical therapy patient far too many times not to knowContinue reading “Face to face with my lack of ab strength”

Know your enemy

Have you ever had a totally disappointing experience seeing a specialist for help with chronic pain/fibromyalgia?  I certainly have… many times.  Fellow pain sufferers, we are fighting an uphill battle to be taken seriously. I found this article today written by a rheumatologist on why he doesn’t want to treat fibromyalgia patients any longer.  HeContinue reading “Know your enemy”

Arsenic levels in rice… too high for comfort.

This was all over the news a few months ago, but in case you missed it, Consumer Reports published a report in November 2012 showing surprisingly high levels of arsenic in dozens of brands of rice and rice products.  This is not good news for people who eat a gluten-free diet, or for people whoContinue reading “Arsenic levels in rice… too high for comfort.”