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…

Fibromyalgia: Closer to a Biomarker

Molecular biological markers, or biomarkers, are biological molecules found in blood, other body fluids, or tissues that are a sign of a normal or abnormal process, or of a condition or disease. A biomarker is also called molecular marker and signature molecule.

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…

Fibromyalgia research links 2010

I am a fibromyalgia sufferer who relies on alternative and complementary medicine, rather than pharmaceuticals.  This is because I have multiple food, chemical and drug allergies and decided years ago that suffering through side effects was not for me. I keep watch on all the research that’s done every year and when treatment options don’t…

Love is a Rose

It was an overcast, cool and breezy morning when Mr T took me out walking today. I have been trying to further the time and distance I established in my spring conditioning program but I’m not making much progress.  I haven’t been sleeping well.  I’m experiencing severe joint pain, and spasms in my legs that…

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…

FMS, CMS Spring Conditioning Update

This winter I became sedentary as the pain of the fibromyalgia FMS flare-ups and the chronic fatigue CFS symptoms I experienced were severe, and I became severely depressed. Insomnia became a factor along with exhaustion. I lost muscle tone and weight and descended from being fit to becoming becoming unfit very rapidly.

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…

Coping with Fibromyalgia

You could say that I know a bit about this disease as it’s had me  for 20 years.  Simply put,  fibromyalgia won’t kill you, but you will die with it.  It doesn’t favor anyone … it affects men, women, and children of all ages and races. We live every day, hoping for a cure, praying…

Getting a Good Night’s Sleep

Medical studies have linked a lack of sleep to everything from disruptions in the immune system to cognitive deficits to weight control. As the winter days are shorter and the weather is colder, I find myself getting into bed earlier and sleeping longer too. As green architect Carol Venolia reports, good sleep supports good health…

Fibromyalgia Page Update

Today I have updated my Fibromyalgia Research Links 2007 – 2008 post and also my Fibromyalgia Page. The two new interesting research links are A Regular Dip In The Pool Could Benefit Fibromyalgia Sufferers February 25, 2008 and Marijuana-based Drug Reduces Fibromyalgia Pain, Study Suggests February 18, 2008. And, the two new links I have…

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…

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…

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…

Spiderman Work-out

The fibromyalgia I suffer from means that pounding the pavement is not healing exercise for me. In fact, I had to give up running and high impact aerobics because the result was joint pain and swelling from leaking synovial fluid. That’s why I’m always on the watch for fitness programs that I can modify to…

4 Minute Fitness Videos

Fitsugar has some 4 Minute Exercise Videos worth viewing. Check them out. Short, Sweet & Complete Abs For a few tips, just You want to make sure you are working your deep abs the entire time. So focus on pulling your navel to your spine. To keep tension out of your neck when doing crunches,…

Fibromyalgia Research Links

Abnormal Pain Memory Helps To Explain Fibromyalgia (November 1, 2000) — The symptoms of fibromyalgia may be the result of a central nervous system that “remembers” pain sensations for an abnormally long time, according to research presented at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting Oct. 29 — Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. >…

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May 12

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May 12 When I was diagnosed, I made a vow to myself that I may have fibromyalgia, but fibromyalgia will never have me. There is really no definitive cause and there’s no cure. Simply put, Fibromyalgia won’t kill you but you will die with it. What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-al-ja) is…