Since planning is such a huge part of managing fibromyalgia and chronic pain, I have a checklist for things to consider while planning. I look into the location, how to stay comfortable while traveling, and what to do once I arrive.Read More
On a scrolling list of frustrating components on my CP journey, confusion is at the top. I’ve never known where to turn for anything. Where do I go to educate myself? What should I read? What else should I plan for? What are the best treatments? Who are the leaders in this community? Really, who’s in charge here?!Read More
Chronic pain chips away at the foundation of who we are. It limits our drive and leads us to inactivity and isolation. Helping to lift patients out of this condition is very gratifying and the focus of my life’s work. I’ve used clinical care, education and research as the means of working toward this goal.Read More
In hindsight, my symptoms began on Monday morning. I was OVERLY energetic (an event as rare as the eclipse), and felt like I could conquer the world! But by noon, I was afraid that I couldn’t even walk from my office to the bathroom — my body felt a strong, almost magnetic force pulling me to the floor.Read More
I’ll never forget our first visit. By this time, my ever-present optimism had become worn and frail from doctor after doctor, guaranteeing an imminent downward spiral. I had been strongly discouraged from having expectations of living a “normal life,” and I was starting to lose hope. I was close to defeat, exhausted and on the verge of an ugly cry, when after my exam and confirming my initial diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, Dr. Katz looked at me and said, “I can help you get your life back.”Read More
First up in the Chronic Spotlight Series is Ottum Yates. She’s one in a million - her heart is big enough to get lost in. Ottum is a wife, mother and passionate advocate for mental health, chronic pain, and authentic living.Read More
Up next, is ElleJay Volpe. ElleJay is the sparkling CEO at Frill-Ability Inc., and an Ambassador at Abilities Expo, as well as avid blogger and host of the podcast, Adaptively Intersectional with Frill-Ability . One look at her Instagram and you’ll see ElleJay’s love for all things pink, purple and frilly - but don’t be fooled - ElleJay puts the “Frank” in Lisa Frank. You’ll see why, in our interview below.Read More
!Warning! Art therapy may:
- reconcile emotional conflicts
- foster self-awareness
- manage behavior and addictions
- develop social skills
- improve reality orientation
- reduce anxiety and increase self-esteem
It’s interesting to me that on one hand, we’ve come so far: Fibromyalgia (FM) has been legitimized, testing has improved, and safer treatments are replacing dangerous meds. On the other hand, there are many who still don’t believe that FM is real. In honor of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, I’m sharing some facts for the public. Twenty-five facts that have already proved to represent just what having Fibro is like.Read More
In 2012, Fibro was recognized as a permanent disability and in 2015, it was recognized by Healthcare providers. Yet, in my ten month journey of writing this blog, I have met hundreds of women and men whose doctors, family, loved ones and employers still don’t believe their condition and think they are “lazy, crazy, making it up, or frankly, just full of crap.”
Let’s put an end to this once and for all.Read More
Don't miss this FREE web series that’s jam packed with over 21 experts who will teach you effective strategies for reducing stress, diet hacks and how to change your mindset when it comes to pain. It’s called The Natural Headache Solution: Thrive Holistically and Reclaim Power in Your Life. I’m so excited to announce my participation and as a bonus, I’ll be kicking off the series as the first expert!Read More
I’ve kept these secrets because I don’t spend much time talking about the negative impacts of my condition. Honestly, I find that when I do, it’s hard to stop. But, for today, I’m hanging up my armor and letting down my guard. Here are the secrets I’ve kept while living with Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Sjogren’s for the past nine years.Read More
... I slipped into a daydream where I pressed an “Easy Button” and all of my conditions were healed.
As I came back to reality, I looked down to my heating pad and thought it kind of resembled an easy button. And this inspired me to share some gratitude for the great gadgets that give me relief from Chronic Pain.Read More
I must admit, for years I wondered why the powers that be chose me to have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain, CFS and Sjogren’s. The feelings of isolation, pain, being removed from the world and constant testing of new treatments was overwhelming and exhausting. It was impossible not to think, ‘Why me??’ when things got really bad - when my hands were too stiff to hold a spoon and I couldn’t get up a flight of stairs.
Fast forward nine years and truth be told, my illnesses have actually had a lot of benefits to me, my family and my life in general.Read More
... when I felt much stronger and was coping better with the madness of Fibro, CFS and Sjogren’s, we decided to start trying. We were so excited! I smiled at the thought of having an ultrasound for a reason other than my Chronic Pain.Read More
This huge, badass Chronic Pain community has had my back every step of this journey, and guess what? They’re ready to have your back too.
This ultimate list of who shines online covers advocacy, motivation, diet, mantras and the newest treatments in the Chronic Pain world.Read More
I do everything I can to encourage my husband to go out and be social but understandably, it’s hard for him. He sees his wife in so much pain and all he wants to do is sit with me and cheer me up. Who wants to go out with that guilt? Who wants to go out by themselves and constantly get asked the question, “Where is your wife?”Read More
Today, without asking you to make an appointment, pack your bag and board a plane, I invite you to join me for the 2016 Heal Your Chronic Pain Summit. Over 21 health experts have come together to share tips on how to get rid of your pain for good through simple techniques, extremely efficient methods, and the newest in holistic health.Read More
In today’s post, I’m going to share some of my ongoing symptoms in hopes that you aren’t left in the dark about these realities. My only tip for this post is that at this point, Chronic Pain has no cure and these ongoing symptoms should be expected, monitored and taken seriously.Read More
Christine Miserandino is the creator of ‘The Spoon Theory’ and a cherished member of the Chronic Pain family. She has given so much of her life to helping millions communicate what it’s really like living with Chronic Illness. Her theory has been read and translated all over the world!
Christine needs our help. The Spoon Lady has had a devastating year.Read More