Empathy & Tough Love Comes with Chronic Illness

In order to stay sane, I always try to find the silver lining in the world of chronic illness. I think one of the true blessings of being sick is that it has helped me to be more empathetic towards … [Read more...]

CFS & Fibromyalgia: It’s A Winter Storm Every Day

When I woke up this morning, I could tell before I even got out of bed what the weather was like outside. No ‚Ä I‚Äôm not a psychic but my body can tell you whatever it is you want to know about the … [Read more...]

FDA Limits Acetaminophen/Opioid Combination Dosages

The FDA announced yesterday, 1/13/11, that they were asking manufacturers of prescription acetaminophen and opioid combination medications to 325 mg. per capsule, tablet or dosage unit, whatever may … [Read more...]

Study Links Obesity & Fibromyalgia – Not Sure I Completely Agree

A new study that was recently conducted at the University of Utah says that there is a possible link between obesity and an increased severity of Fibromyalgia symptoms.¬† The report says that some … [Read more...]

CFS & Fibromyalgia Symptoms Flare In Cold Weather

The weather is as unpredictable as our ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia symptoms can be.¬† I find that I personally struggle the most with symptoms flaring when the weather and temperatures are at extremes - … [Read more...]

Inflammation & Pain

Inflammation - a word that Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients know all to well - and feel way too much of in our bodies all of the time. As a Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patient, blood tests always reveal … [Read more...]

What To Do With Those Holiday Blues…

The holidays are meant to be a happy and joyous time but for many suffering from chronic illness and chronic pain, the lonliness, exhaustion and the sickness causes the depressioin to worsen and the … [Read more...]

Chronic Pain – Like the Annoying Person Who Never Leaves

When I went in for physical therapy the other day, my therapist asked me that ever-annoying question that us chronic pain sufferers hate to hear:¬† "What is your pain level today on a scale of 1 - … [Read more...]

My First Week of Physical Therapy…

Last week I started physical therapy and it went rather well.¬† From what I remember, it is going a lot better for me this time around than what it has previously.¬† I attribute it to the fact that my … [Read more...]

FDA Bans Darvocet & Darvon (Propoxyphene) from Market

The FDA removed Darvocet & Darvon from the market on November 19th citing serious heart risk.¬† The FDA also warns that anyone taking these medications should call their doctor immediately.¬† … [Read more...]

Physical Therapy Begins Next Week for Back & Leg Pain

I start physical therapy next week for my back pain and my doctor thinks that a lot of my leg pain is coming from my back.¬† I always feel like I am fighting this neverending, losing battle with my … [Read more...]

Massage Therapy Is The Answer To My Prayers!

I have faithfully been going for massages for the past few years and the therapy has been very beneficial.¬† With all of the back and neck problems and with the pain I have, getting frequent massages … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger Post: Back Pain & Chronic Illness: How to Cope

Please welcome guest blogger, Paul Jaggard, to Fighting Fatigue.¬† You can read Paul's bio at the end of the post. One of the unexpected side effects of a chronic illness can be back pain. When you … [Read more...]

Researchers Discover Chronic Pain Gene

Researchers at the Hebrew¬†University of Jerusalem have discovered a gene associated with susceptibility to chronic pain caused by nerve injury in people.¬† The researchers' findings were reported … [Read more...]

Increase In Low Back Pain with Weight Loss

I know this sounds weird whenever I tell people but the more weight I lose, the more my lower back hurts.¬† I have degenerative disc disease and some herniated discs in my lower back and arthritis as … [Read more...]