A Good Day With Fibromyalgia Doesn’t Mean I’m Cured.

Many of us with fibromyalgia have “good days,” the idea of which can confuse people who don’t understand chronic illness. Having a good day does not mean I’ve been cured of fibromyalgia. My version of a good day is not the same as a healthy person’s version of a good day. I completely understand how people can get confused and why I…

33 Things People With Fibromyalgia Wish Their Doctors Knew

In an ideal world, every doctor would have an immediate understanding of a patient’s medical history, symptoms and everything he or she goes through. Of course, that’s not exactly realistic (doctors are only human, after all), but there is always room to learn more about the patient experience. We asked people with fibromyalgia in the National Fibromyalgia Association’s Facebook…

What Sleeping Is Like When You Have a Chronic Health Condition.

For people battling chronic disease, sleep is a complicated thing. On one hand, we often don’t get much of it on an average basis. Or, at least, not quality sleep. On the other hand, there are folks with conditions like depression, or those on medications that cause drowsiness, who sleep a lot. Our relationship with sleep is one…

17 Side Effects of Fibromyalgia We Don’t Talk About – in Photos..

Fibromyalgia is commonly associated with symptoms such as widespread pain and fatigue, but there are a number of lesser-known symptoms and side effects that don’t get brought to light as often. Side effects can range from physical issues that result from symptoms of the illness, to comorbid conditions, to the effects living with fibro can have on…

Lady Gaga Shares Comeback for People Who Question Fibromyalgia.

While each person with fibromyalgia experiences the condition differently, one thing most fibro warriors have in common is fighting other peoples’ doubt that fibro is a “real” condition. Lady Gaga, who first opened up about having fibromyalgia last year while promoting her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” revealed exactly what she would say to those who are questioning her…

Dear Lyrica: This Is Why I Argue With the TV Every Time I See Your Commercials.

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia back in 2008, Lyrica had just become the first drug FDA-approved to treat it. At first I was so happy to see Lyrica commercialson TV, because I saw them as a sign that fibromyalgia was being validated as a real illness (people like my pain doctor notwithstanding). Plus, whenever anyone would ask me…

11 Things About Fibromyalgia You Can’t Explain Unless You Have It.

Fibromyalgia is one of those elusive conditions that one can’t even begin to explain unless they have it. And according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, fibromyalgia affects roughly 5 million Americans age 18 or older. Unfortunately, 80 to 90 percent of those diagnosed are women. And as a woman, here are a few things…

When You’re a Walking ‘Snowball Effect’ of Multiple Illnesses.

Recently someone I don’t know well questioned the severity of my illness. This isn’t a new problem. Lots of people have questioned the severity of my illness, or compared me to someone else they know who suffers less and accomplishes more while having my illness. And it got me thinking about the ways I might differ from others, or the…

Fibromyalgia: the challenges of an invisible disease.

Although it is not identified in laboratory tests, severe pain can greatly harm people’s routine. The main treatment is with regular physical exercise. Feel intense pain throughout the body and still deal with the distrust of those who do not understand the symptoms. The double challenge is constantly being told among people diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic…

Fascia: A Hidden Piece of the Puzzle of Fibromyalgia Pain..

Ginevra Liptan, MD You may have heard from your doctor or a TV ad that fibromyalgia is caused by over-activity of pain sensing nerves. It’s true, this is one important source of fibromyalgia pain, but there are other even more important triggers of pain that must be addressed in order to get significant pain reduction….