Category Archives: Chronic Pain

Getting Fit With Fibromyalgia

Exercise is one thing medical experts suggest you do when you have chronic pain. But getting fit with fibromyalgia isn't easy. Not only does physical activity help modulate pain in the body, but helps increase endorphins. Fibromites and patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Myalgic Encephalitis and Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disease (CFS/ME/SEID) are found to have…
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Always On – How technology affects your health

In an effort to help my fibro symptoms before my birthday, I decided to try a five-day experiment on how technology affects your health. I vowed to unplug for two hours in the afternoon and do something quiet. That meant reading books, reading magazines, doing crossword puzzles and otherwise avoiding anything technological. I’ll be honest…
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Creativity and Chronic Pain

Every fibromite’s survival arsenal contains two important things: a good laugh and a handy distraction. When we are in pain, whether actually or because our central nervous system has gone berserk, it’s good to get your mind off things. If we focus on the pain, fatigue, or catastrophize our suffering, we won't be taking steps…
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A Guide to Natural Pain Management

Chronic and acute pain in the United States is as high as it has ever been. It is estimated that 20% of all adults experience chronic pain, while nearly 8% suffer from life-changing chronic pain issues. Over 55% reported dealing with some type of pain over the last three months. Given the number of people…
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The Best Books on Chronic Pain

One thing that helped me recover from chronic illness was finding different perspectives on health, medicine, and healing that I wasn’t getting from my doctors. Before getting ill, my knowledge of healthy living consisted of: live your life how you want, and if unexplainable symptoms emerge, you go to the doctor for a pill. So,…
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Can Yoga and Mindfulness Help Manage Chronic Pain?

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment." -- Buddha   When you’re living with chronic pain, sometime’s it’s difficult to focus on the present moment. In fact, you might want to escape the present moment so you can forget about the pain pulsing…
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The Common Symptoms and Misconceptions of Invisible Illnesses

Reblogged from Medicare It's the holiday season. For most people, this is a fun time of being with friends and family, huge meals, and gift exchanges. But for people living with chronic, invisible illnesses the holidays can be a time of stress. Long social engagements, preparing meals, and dealing with the in-laws can all cause a…
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4 Yoga Poses For Chronic Pain

Yoga can help relieve symptoms of chronic pain and Fibromyalgia. But doing yoga that is too strenuous can make your pain worse! Finding yoga poses for chronic pain that help you rather than harm you can help you improve your wellbeing. In addition to pain, people living with chronic pain usually also suffer from poor…
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Yoga For Fibromyalgia: Research Shows Yoga Can Help Manage Symptoms

One of the biggest frustrations of living with an illness like Fibromyalgia is that so little is known about how to manage and treat the disease. One of my frustrations as a yoga instructor is the lack of research that goes into using yoga therapeutically. Especially when there is so much anecdotal evidence that yoga…
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