To the Doctors Who Denied My Lyme Disease.

I do not want you to feel singled out by this letter. I am hoping you learn something from it and one less person will have to go through what I did to receive a diagnosis. You were only one of seven doctors who told me I did not have Lyme disease when I told you I thought…

Hyperreflexia and Fibromyalgia.

While we often think of fibromyalgia as a disease of the body, many people with the condition suffer from symptoms related to the brain. For instance, many people with fibromyalgia experience something called hyperreflexia. Hyperreflexia is a neurological symptom, meaning that it’s related to the brain and nervous system. And while the condition isn’t life-threatening, it can…

Costochondritis in Fibromyalgia.

People with fibromyalgia are also susceptible to having pain in the chest, a condition known as Costochondritis. The chest pain can range from mild annoyance to excruciating pain described as being similar to a heart attack. What is Costochondritis? Costochondritis is basically an inflammation of the cartilage that links your ribs to the breast bone,…

How badly Fibromyalgia affects your feet.

By Madeline R. Vann, MPH  Medically revised by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD Treatment with fibromyalgia should extend from the top of the head to the tip of the toes, literally. Although the feet are not the most likely location to experience pain from fibromyalgia, in a recent article published in the journal  Arthritis Research and Therapy , approximately half…

7 ways to support someone with fibromyalgia .

It can be tough coming to terms with a chronic illness diagnosis. And when you do get that diagnosis, it’s important to get the right professional support. But perhaps even more importantly, the support from friend and family is vital to manage day-to-day. I suffer from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain all over the body….

People with fibromyalgia take longer to fall asleep, sleep less and sleep

People with fibromyalgia have more difficulty falling asleep and sleeping less and better than the general population, according to the results of a new review. Researchers have called the attention of doctors on the treatment of sleep disorders in patients with fibromyalgia, because better sleep can help improve the symptoms of the disease.. The study, ”   Interruption…

15 Memes That Perfectly Describe Your Social Life With Chronic Illness

Trying to maintain a social life when you live with chronic illness is no easy task. Dealing with flare-ups and the need to conserve energy for work or day-to-day responsibilities may often override your ability to simply go out and have fun with your friends. Other times, you may be able to make it out, only to…

78+ SYMPTOMS OF FIBROMYALGIA (YOU WON’T BELIEVE) WHAT ARE YOURS?

You’ve probably read about fibromyalgia symptoms such as pain, fatigue and fibro fog, but the list of possible symptoms is far-reaching and body-wide. Those tiny lists don’t even begin to describe our experience! I put together this “monster list” of 60+ symptoms to let you know that you’renotalone! The list is adapted from one put…

How humidity affects patients with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is primarily known for the pain, fatigue and discomfort it causes a person, and several factors can increase the risk of having it or increase pain. Many patients have reported that being exposed to different types of weather makes them feel more pain. For example, being outside on a sunny day, or if it is…