Rheumatoid vs Fibromyalgia Aches and pains are a part of life, especially as a person grows older. Pain can be caused by many different things besides bumping into something, including inflammation and swelling. These two causes can increase the pain felt in sore muscles, and also prolong the duration that these will last. Strenuous activity...

Why Fibromyalgia Makes It Hard to Lose Weight

Whenever I’m asked about the subject of weight loss, I admit that it makes me sigh. I have so many conflicting feelings when it comes to this weighty (forgive me) topic! My own weight loss journey is full of twists and turns and I’m far from perfect. Striving for perfection in this area is...

5 Things NOT To Say To Someone With Fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia is extremely hard as millions of sufferers worldwide can attest. The fact that the physical and emotional pain isn’t visible to others can often make it even harder. Fibromyalgia is known as an “invisible illness” because its painful, and often debilitating, side effects are often not apparent to others. Someone with fibromyalgia...

25 Things You Should Know About People With Fibromyalgia

To honor National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12, I’ve been thinking about what aspects of the condition I could bring awareness to. What don’t people already know? The reality of fibromyalgia is not only that people tend to not know much about it unless they have it, but there are many who don’t even...

Why Fibromyalgia Pain Loves Shoulder Blades

I ran across a post on Health Rising that described findings indicating some possible causes of the intense shoulder blade pain many with fibromyalgia experience.   Research was being conducted on a possible sister disorder; Trapezius Myalgia (TM), which pointed to the autonomic nervous system dysfunction as being the prime suspect. Shoulder, neck and head pain...

10 Exercises to Help Prevent Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is an issue that plagues many people; 80% of the population suffers from it at some point in their lives. It can be caused by many things like a muscle strain, herniated disc and poor posture. There are also many conditions associated with lower pack pain like sciatica, spinal degeneration, osteoporosis,...

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For most people who don’t live with chronic pain conditions, a shower in the morning helps them feel refreshed, fully awake and ready for the day. Unfortunately, this isn’t the experience that many fibromyalgia sufferers have. It seems like such a small thing, but when you’re living with this condition, even taking a morning...

20 things you should know about Fibromyalgia

1. The jury is in on fibromyalgia. It’s a real condition affecting perhaps 1 in 50. The vast majority are women, with middle age the peak time for onset. It’s a chronic disease but not a progressive one. The causes of fibromyalgia remains mysterious, but consensus holds that it’s a process of central sensitization,...

19 Things About Fibromyalgia You Didn,t Know

 1 - Fibromyalgia is primarily characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness. Fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues.Therefore, it is not a joint disease, but it is arthritis-related. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established criteria to diagnose fibromyalgia:A history of widespread pain in all...


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