My endless pain: living with fibromyalgia

My endless pain: living with fibromyalgia Kirsty Young, host of Desert Island Discs, has helped raise awareness of the painful, debilitating condition, but it remains poorly understood  Kirsty Young is taking time off from presenting Desert Island Discs because of fibromyalgia. Photograph: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images I live with a little understood, often invisible, medical condition…

  Differences Between Myofascial Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia

By Anne Asher, Myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia are two different chronic pain conditions, although they both are characterized in part by palpable “points.” Aside from this shared symptom — most people with fibromyalgia have active trigger points, which is also one of the main symptoms of myofascial pain syndrome — most of the remaining…

How to Treat Frozen Shoulders in Fibromyalgia

BY LYN JENSEN Seeking pain relief is a major concern for the overwhelming majority of people who seek out medical care, and while some forms of pain are very easy to diagnose and treat (or perhaps even cure), others we have very limited knowledge on. A prime example of this is fibromyalgia, where the chronic…

How to Manage Fibro in the Cold

BY JULIA NELSON · Dealing With Fibromyalgia and Cold I am a baseball mom, soccer mom, Cub Scout mom — I wear a myriad of hats to keep my family going. I am also, unfortunately, a fibro mom, which means I must accomplish all that is required of me while dealing with a varying degree of pain….

26 ‘Hacks’ That Can Make Life With Fibromyalgia Easier

There’s no doubt that living with fibromyalgia can be incredibly painful and frustrating. Between the chronic pain, fatigue, “fibro fog” and mood swings, the illness has a way of affecting just about every aspect of a person’s life. It can be exhausting – physically and emotionally – to cope with all the symptoms on a…

20 Photos That Show What Fibromyalgia Really Looks Like

Fibromyalgia is typically thought of as an “invisible” illness. But what if you look closer? What’s going on behind the brave face, the body that to others appears “fine?” Often, it’s days spent on the couch, feeling too nauseated to eat, excruciating nerve pain, and pushing through it all while few people see your struggle — that’s…

Tired of Popping Pills for Pain?

  Pain. Just the word itself hurts—and causes major stress. The sciatica shooting sharply down your leg. The agonizing contractions of childbirth. The constant aching and throbbing of that migraine. The constant pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia. Drugs for that pain: Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet. For a few weeks, a few months, years. What if you…

What My Good and Bad Days Look Like With Fibromyalgia

On a good day, I’ll wake up in the morning feeling like I can get through the day. My fatigue is bad, but not unbearable. It will take me about 15 minutes to get out of bed, and once the dizziness is gone, I can go to the bathroom and brush my teeth. I will…

When a Friend Asked How I Can Function While Constantly Dealing With Pain A friend asked me once, “How can you deal with the levels of pain you deal with and still function on a daily basis?” I replied, “After a while you get used to it and can ignore some of the low-level pain.”…