Buddhist Meditation / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Inspiration / Tonglen

Starting Over: Working Through Pain and Developing Inner Strength

Even when the mere idea of walking around the block makes you want to  crawl back under the covers and never surface again, exercise is essential for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. Working through stiffness and pain requires accepting responsibility to become your own healer and summoning the courage required to stay the course. When … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Food / Health and Wellness / Recipes

7 Energizing Snack Foods for Optimum Health

Today’s nutrition message is ‘dump the junk; eat real food’.  I heard the call to eat healthy and enjoy life and acted on it.  Have you? Obesity, heart disease and strokes are prevalent. It’s clear that many people aren’t either wise or moderate when it comes to the variety of foods and quantities they consume.  So … Continue reading

Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Meditation / Yoga

8 Fibromylagia Therapies

People with fibromyalgia experience a range of symptoms of varying intensities that wax and wane. Those symptoms are usually invisible to others  and many people with fibromyalgia push themselves too far until they trigger collapse.  What’s  key to well-being for people with fibromylagia is  taking charge of their own health,  employing  effective therapies,  learning how … Continue reading

Aromatherapy is alternative medicine
Alternative Medicine / Aromatherapy / Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness

Aromatherapy is alternative medicine

I’m an aging woman coping with disabilities including fibromyalgia and focused on improving my life. I use many alternative medicine methods to reduce stress and to control pain and I share them with my readers in this personal development, self improvement and conscious living blog.  Three of my mainstays are aromatherapy, Bach Flower Remedies and … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Relationships / Spirituality / Yoga

Yoga, Aging, Intimacy & Sexuality

Touching is a vital human need and an essential ingredient for healthy relationships. Studies have shown that without touching, many animals – including humans – will die in childhood. Being caressed also lowers blood pressure and releases natural opiates in the brain, as well as the chemical oxytocin, which is essential for human pair-bonding. Continue reading

Fibromyalgia

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome involving debilitating pain, sleep disturbance, jaw pain, irritable bowel, headaches, and difficulty with concentration, anxiety and/or depression, and fatigue. In the United States, this condition affects nearly 4 million people, or 2% of the population; twice the number as those with rheumatoid arthritis. The primary symptom, pain, which often migrates through … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Internet Relationships

First Drug for Fibromyalgia pain in Canada

Relief in sight for Canadians suffering from a common chronic widespread pain condition KIRKLAND, QC, May 12 /CNW/ – Pfizer Canada Inc. announced today that LYRICA(R) (pregabalin) is now indicated for the management of pain associated with fibromyalgia, giving the approximately one million Canadians who suffer from this debilitating condition a key component towards managing … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Meditation

Fibromyalgia Research Links 2007

Gabapentin Shown Effective For Fibromyalgia Pain (June 12, 2007) — New research shows that the anticonvulsant medication gabapentin, which is used for certain types of seizures, can be an effective treatment for the pain and other symptoms associated with the common, often hard-to-treat chronic pain disorder, fibromyalgia. > full story FDA Approves First Drug For … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness / Meditation / Psychology

Meditation Therapy For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

A revered contemplative practice for centuries, meditation has recently inspired research into its therapeutic value for everything from anxiety disorders to heart attack prevention. A painful, progressive autoimmune disease, rheumatoid arthritis is associated with a high risk of depression — double the risk of the healthy population, by conservative estimates — and various forms of … Continue reading

Fibromyalgia / Health and Wellness

Fibromyalgia: The Pain-Sleep Connection

Barb Cacia, part of the new Arthritis and Fibromyalgia Care Center within Lattimore Physical Therapy says that if you have fibromyalgia, deep, restorative sleep can decrease pain. Cacia, who counsels clients about sleep, as well as exercise, nutrition, stress management and relaxation says deep sleep makes neurotransmitters such as serotonin more efficient and regulates pain … Continue reading