Is Your Shoulder Pain Related to Your Numb Hands or Fingers?

By Amy Haddad Shoulder pain and numbness in your fingers or hands could be related. If you’re trying to pinpoint the cause of your symptoms, a nerve or blood vessel injury may to blame. If you are experiencing shoulder pain and numbness in your hands and fingers, check with your doctor to find out if the…

To the Person Who Thinks Chronic Pain ‘Can’t Be That Bad’  

I have a friend. A poisonous friend. When she is angry, she makes my days hell and my nights sleepless. She attacks me when I least expect it, especially if I’m lulled into a sense of security. She follows me everywhere, every day to the point where I truly cannot remember a time that I…

17 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I’m Tired’

  By: Erin Migdol Everyone has said “I’m tired” at one point or another. But those deceptively simple words can have so many meanings. Without knowing the extent of the exhaustion someone with chronic illness is feeling when they say they’re tired, people may think your “tiredness” can be cured by a nap or early…

What It Means for Me to Have a ‘Sitting Disability’

  By: Rick Lunkenheimer I can’t sit. Well, I can, but not for very long. When I do, it hurts a lot. There are many medical reasons why a person has difficulty sitting. Mine is because I have a throbbing pain in the low back (lumbago) and shooting pain down my left leg (sciatica). The…

I Have Chronic Pain, and Today, I Am Not OK

By: C.M Via- The Mighty As much as I would love to tell you that I am a strong, hopeful and logical spoonie, there are days when that is a complete lie. Days like today. Those of you in this fight with me understand. We cannot be pillars of strength and light every single day….

How Fibromyalgia Can Be Fatal? What You Need To Know

By: Wyatt Redd / “Can fibromyalgia be fatal?” It’s probably the first question on your mind after you get diagnosed with fibromyalgia. After all, it’s a scary diagnosis for a disease that not many people understand. So it makes sense to be scared and confused if you think you are developing fibromyalgia or just got diagnosed. And…

Intestinal Metaplasia And Fibromyalgia : What Are The Symptoms And Risks?

  By: Wyatt Redd If you have fibromyalgia, you might have noticed that the symptoms everyone thinks of, chronic fatigue, pain, and mental fog, aren’t the half of all the things your struggle with. Fibromyalgia seems to make you more vulnerable to a host of other ailments. And they’re often things you don’t associate with the disease like…

Is Fibromyalgia a Disease, a Condition or a Syndrome?

By: David Stansberry Fibromyalgia is something that is often misunderstood and mischaracterized, for a host of different reasons. A lack of reliable information, a host of social stigmas, unfamiliarity with rheumatology in general—these things all contribute to the negative culture around fibromyalgia. One of the most simple questions surrounding fibromyalgia is the one most needing a definite answer: Is…

20 ‘Comebacks’ to Use When a Doctor Isn’t Taking You Seriously

When you have an illness that is invisible, complex and/or difficult to treat, that sometimes translates into challenging experiences with doctors. While there are many kind, compassionate doctors out there who are willing to put in the time to figure out your health issues, unfortunately many in our community can name a time when a…

What I’ve Learned From Loving Someone Who Needs Opioids to Survive

I’ve been seeing a lot about the supposed “opioid crisis” lately, both in the news and on social media. I’ve seen everything from an outcry of total support from some, absurd indecisiveness from a few and loud and unreasoned vitriol from others. The thing that bothers me most is the look of fear on my…

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