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.”…

I Won’t Apologize for Having Fun While Chronically Ill

When I was six, I was hospitalized with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. At the hospital, I was encouraged to get out of bed, get dressed and spend as much time as possible in the playroom. I brought magazines and books back to my room to read and played with other kids who were up and…

Lady Gaga Shares Comeback for People Who Question Fibromyalgia

  While each person with fibromyalgia experiences the condition differently, one thing most fibro warriors have in common is fighting other peoples’ doubt that fibro is a “real” condition. Lady Gaga, who first opened up about having fibromyalgia last year while promoting her documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” revealed exactly what she would say to…

17 Things You’re Awesome at If You Have Fibromyalgia

  If you live with fibromyalgia, you know that the condition can impose some limitations, perhaps preventing you from doing things you were able to accomplish with ease before developing the condition. Grappling with the losses and limitations life with fibromyalgia can bring can undoubtedly be difficult and is a part of the journey for…