Category Archives: pain

Fibromyalgia After Hip Surgery: A slow process

” Patience is a conquering virtue”, Geoffrey Chaucer So, the hip replacement happened almost three weeks ago. I had hoped that when I took my first step post operatively I would not have pain. So many people told me that … Continue reading

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The twins: Fibromyalgia/ PTSD

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment”, Judith Lewis Herman In my book almost a decade ago, I wrote about Gulf War syndrome … Continue reading

Posted in 'emotional intelligence', anxiety, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flashbaacks, pain, PTSD and fibromyalgia, resilience, sleep disturbances | 10 Comments

Fibromyalgia: the overmedicated ‘patient’

“America is one of the few advanced nations that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs, Robert Reich BigPharma makes huge profits from those of us suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety,  itching, digestive issues- to name a few of … Continue reading

Posted in acupuncture, anxiety, BigPharma, de-prescribing, depression, digestive upsets, Fibromyalgia, Gabapentin/Lyrica, homeopathy, pain, polypharmacy, sleep disturbances, supplements, vitamins and herbs | 11 Comments

Emotions and fibromyalgia

“Having that sense of anger leads people to actually feel some power in what otherwise is a maddening situation”, Jennifer Lerner There can be little doubt that emotions play a large part in a fibromyalgia flare-up. The emotions can be happy … Continue reading

Posted in anger, central nervous system, circulatory system, Experts in Emotion, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, heart disease, pain | 9 Comments

Medications, Medications and more Medications: Fibromyalgia Medicalized

“Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”,Voltaire Those of us with chronic conditions are constantly seeking relief from the myriad of … Continue reading

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Fibromyalgia and Aging

“Life has got to be lived-that’s all there is to it. At seventy, I would say that advantage is that you take life more calmly. You know that “this,too, shall pass!”, Eleanor Roosevelt In my book I write about the … Continue reading

Posted in 40 year olds, 50 year olds, brain changes, brain scans, eleanor roosevelt, fatigue and aches, Fibromyalgia, highly sensitive persons, menopause, neuroplasticity, old age and memory, older women, pain, personality types, pessimism, responses to crises, senior citizen, surgery, thanksgiving | 12 Comments

Fibromyalgia: An argument against being mentally ‘ill’

” My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves”, Socrates Fibromyalgia does not allow for any kind of scientific tests to aid in making the diagnosis of the syndrome. … Continue reading

Posted in American College of Rheumatologists, anxiety, autism, bio-feedback, christof koch, Dr. Fredrick Wolfe, Fibromyalgia, Gerald Grot and Allan Horwitz, highly sensitive persons, mind/body, mood rings, negative psycho-social emotions, neuro-ethicists, pain, pharmaceuticals, philosophers, positive psycho-social emotions, restless legs, science of consciousness, sleeplessness | 6 Comments

Fibromyalgia: The pain is in the brain

“Memory, the warder of the brain”, William Shakespeare It has been a long and interesting journey beginning with my book in which I laid the foundation about why women are more prone to developing, or at least reporting FMS, and my … Continue reading

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