Morning Symptoms & Fibromyalgia
How did you feel this morning? If you have fibromyalgia, odds are you had a hard time waking up, didn’t feel refreshed, and were stiff and achy. You may also have had puffy hands, feet and eyes. Right? Every case of fibromyalgia is different, but one of the more consistent aspects is morning symptoms. They’re even one of the things doctors look for (good ones, anyway) when considering a fibromyalgia diagnosis. However, sometimes even good doctors don’t quite “get” this symptom — I’ve been asked if I “feel worst” in the mornings, and no, actually, the worst of my fibro pain usually comes ripping through my abdomen in the evening.
7 Things Doctors Can Do to Help Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Patients without Medication
I’m very fortunate to have a talented, knowledgeable and caring team of doctors who treat me with dignity and respect. My doctors are focused on providing me the best medical care possible. But before I get to actually see my doctor, there are a few things that would make my office visit more productive and pain free.
Pill Popping & Shopping
I admit, I’ve become one of those people. Someone who must take her medicine, on a regular schedule, for an indefinite number of years, and yet so frequently forgets to take the medication that makes such a difference on her quality of life. And for this I must pay… in two ways.
Drug Makers Told: Give Risks Equal Billing
A woman is on the couch, grabbing her knee, wincing in pain. “Are you paying the price of fibromyalgia pain? Cymbalta can help,” reads the headline in Eli Lilly and Co.’s print ad, followed by 14 sentences touting the drug’s benefits for fibromyalgia, a chronic condition marked by widespread pain. Take Cymbalta once a day, the ad says, and “you may begin to function better and feel better.”
Three Faces of Depression
Is depression a single thing? It seems to me that depression has many faces. One of the fascinating segments of my job as a private tutor is my role as home school teacher. I take on referrals of students who can’t attend school. Sometimes the causes are physical (for example, a student with cancer undergoing radiation therapy). But far more commonly, I wind up home schooling students with emotional or psychological issues. And it’s remarkable to me how confusing and poorly identified and inadequately understood these issues can be.
National Fibromyalgia Association Co-Founder Personally Endorses ‘Goodnighties’ as an Effective, Affordable Solution for Better Sleep!
Karen Lee Richards, co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association found relief from pain with Goodnighties. Skeptical at first, but now an endorser. This product provides relief, without any of the worrisome side effects of some of the new drugs claiming to help with FM pain, by utilizing the restorative negative Ions found in nature.
Want to See My Vulnerable Side?
Last February I had the opportunity to hear a keynote address from motivational speaker and life coach Mike Robbins. Mike is a regular contributor to Oprah Magazine and Huffington Post, and has written two bestselling books, Focus on the Good Stuff, and Be Yourself, Everyone Else is Already Taken. His presentation was authentic and motivating, and pretty much everyone in the room left with copies of his books and a warm feeling in their heart.