Being an Active Part of Your Own Health Care Team, Part II

It has only tak­en me ten years since my first arti­cle to return to this top­ic! I always intend­ed to do so, but life got in the way. In that first arti­cle, I large­ly addressed med­ica­tion issues. Now we’re going to talk about being your own patient advo­cate. What is a patient advo­cate? It’s an individual […]

I’m a Mémé!

My grand­ba­by has arrived! So we’re short on sleep, but long on love and joy! Mov­ing up here, the new baby and asso­ci­at­ed sleep loss, change in gen­er­al — they all lead to increased pain. I don’t take any nar­cot­ic pain med­ica­tions any­more because the opi­ates just did­n’t pro­vide enough relief to be worth the has­sle of […]

Being an Active Part of Your Own Health Care Team, Part I

Peo­ple who have chron­ic or com­plex health issues need to take an active role in their own health care. That does­n’t come nat­u­ral­ly to every­one, and in fact, it runs counter to the tra­di­tion­al way of inter­act­ing with “Doc­tor God” that I, for one, learned from my own par­ents. In this series, we’ll talk about […]

Fight Brain Fog!

Or, at the very least, give your­self more resources to fight it! Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are like mus­cles, in that they have to be devel­oped and exer­cised reg­u­lar­ly, even stretched to keep them flex­i­ble. We can’t nec­es­sar­i­ly avoid the cog­ni­tive deficits that come with some of our ill­ness­es, or as a side effect of our med­ica­tions. What […]

Canaries Are Us

Have you ever heard of how min­ers used to use canaries to test the air in mines? The birds would get ill, or even die, from bad air much more quick­ly than humans would real­ize that the air was bad, allow­ing the humans to get out of the mine. Those of us who have seri­ous cases […]

Getting Better

I’ve been very busy over the last six months and had some major changes in my life that have been very stress­ful. As I’ve said else­where, my main strat­e­gy in deal­ing with fibromyal­gia has been to reduce stress in my life as much as pos­si­ble. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the main source of stress in my life over […]

Hope for Pain Relief

I’ve known of mind­ful­ness prac­tices for sev­er­al years, and read Full Cat­a­stro­phe Liv­ing: Using the Wis­dom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Ill­ness by Jon Kabat-Zinn sev­er­al years ago. It is one of the books I’ve rec­om­mend­ed on this blog in the past.  I have only recent­ly, though, tru­ly com­mit­ted myself to […]

Long Time, No Posts

I’ve been gone so long that I doubt any­one reads this any­more. If the feed is still in any­one’s read­ers, they’ll just be stunned to see some­thing come through! I am still out here. I have notes all over the places where I’ve start­ed writ­ing posts and then…something hap­pens. I get tired or dis­tract­ed or […]

Long Term Opiate Use Safe; One Woman’s Experience With Savella

There are two great arti­cles from Karen Lee Richards in Health­Cen­tral’s Chron­ic Pain Con­nec­tion newslet­ter today. The first, Long-Term Opi­oid Ther­a­py — What Are the Effects?, brings us the results of Dr. For­est Ten­nan­t’s ground-break­ing study. He eval­u­at­ed 24 chron­ic pain patients from 30 to 79 years old who had been using opi­oids for 10 […]

Do you have chronic myofascial pain (trigger points)?

Trig­ger points (TrPs) con­fuse many peo­ple. Peo­ple who suf­fer from Fibromyal­gia Syn­drome (FMS) have ten­der points that are used for diag­no­sis, not trig­ger points. TrPs can lead to Chron­ic Myofas­cial Pain (CMP). Try­ing to explain both of them is real­ly beyond me, but Devin Star­lanyl does a great job of mak­ing all of it clear. […]

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