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Choosing an Attitude

March 19th 2013 in Chronic Health Conditions, Fibromyalgia, Health

Fibromyalgia has changed my outlook on life.  I suppose any long-term physical or mental condition would have that effect on a person. But as I’ve reflected on my condition and how it has effected my life, I have realized I have two basic choices. The first choice would be to feel sorry for myself and […]

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Some Good Information

October 29th 2012

  WebMD has a slideshow about fibromyalgia that gives a good overview of what it is and how it is managed. I’m sharing it with family and friends in hopes they will take a few minutes to inform themselves and maybe understand fibromyalgia a little better. Fibromyalgia Pictures: Symptoms, Pain, Treatments, Diet, Causes http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/ss/slideshow-fibromyalgia-overview To […]

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Drug-free Pregnancy

April 8th 2011

I’m four months pregnant and have been off of Cymbalta since January. During my first trimester I didn’t have any fibro flare-ups that I can recall. Now that I’m in my second trimester, I’ve been battling fatigue and pain again, at about the levels I was experiencing before I found relief with Cymbalta about a […]

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My Fibro Fight Mantra

October 22nd 2010

I am not a victim. I am not a fibromyalgic – that is not my identity. I am a person with symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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Face to Face with Fibromyalgia

October 10th 2010

Fibromyaglia is a combination of sensitivities and stressors that lead to diminished well-being and health… There are many causes and contributing factors, which lead to a spectrum of symptoms, which ultimately develop into the self-perpetuating syndrome known as fibromyalgia…

Fibromyalgia is too complex, too new, and too mild of a health problem for the medical community to press beyond symptom management and into the confusing and complex maze of causative and contributing factors, the available interventions, and the process of moving from treating symptoms to addressing the root of the problem…

Part of the challenge of moving forward in treatment of fibromyalgia, as well as many other syndromes and spectrum disorders, is that no two patients are the same… The key for sorting out symptom management and treatment for any complex condition is to identify which symptoms are impacting function the most, and focus on addressing those issues first… Another important aspect of managing complex conditions is identifying any areas of maladaption that may have developed… Any maladaptive strategy a patient has developed will only serve to exacerbate their symptoms and hamper their healing and recovery, which is why it is an important area of intervention when treating fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions.

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