Fibromyalgia

The Crash That Follows The Push Of ME/CFS And FM Awareness Day

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  By Jodie Smith in Phoenix Rising.   It’s been about a month since the ME/CFS community pulled out all the stops for our May 12 International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day. I think we have a great deal to be proud of, and encouraged by. With each passing year this bunch of chronically ill […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) and Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Could […]

DWP Quietly Hands Private Firms £600m Extra To Test Disabled People For Benefits

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  By Dan Bloom in The Mirror.   EXCLUSIVE: Atos and Maximus had their PIP and ESA contracts extended for the second time despite accusations they’re running a “failing” welfare system. Now the eye-watering cost to taxpayers can be revealed. Tory ministers are quietly handing private firms an extra £630 million to test sick and […]

2019 Blue Badge Scheme: Everything You Need To Know About The Hidden Disability Changes

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    By James Kelly in Leasing.com.   The blue badge disabled parking scheme is supposedly undergoing its biggest shake-up since it was introduced in 1970, but what exactly will change, and when? Last year it was revealed that, from 2019, people with hidden disabilities will be granted access to the scheme too. The idea […]

Spinal Stenosis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) And Fibromyalgia: The Spinal Series #3

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The Spinal Series This is part three of a series examining spinal issues which may mimic chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia. The first two in the series involved two very ill ME/CFS patients who have recovered or are recovering following surgery to correct craniocervical instability. Leader in the […]

The ‘Activity Hangover’ I Experience Because of Chronic Illness

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  By Heather Wallace in The Mighty.   As someone who has recently moved to a new town and is trying to figure things out and find my groove, I have been out a lot more than I usually am, and I am paying for it. Having fibromyalgia means things are different for me now. Planning on going […]

Mast Cell Activation Syndrome & Low Blood Volume

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    From Syndrome A.   Summary Two symptoms occur frequently in people with ME/CFS: Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS) and low blood volume. What if these are not coincidental? Reading time: 4 minutes 27 seconds People with ME/CFS have less blood than we should. We have low blood volume. We also tend to have a condition […]

We Cannot Continue To Let Doctors ‘Gaslight’ Chronic Illness Patients

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    By Siobhan Simper in The Mighty.   Author’s warning: This post contains experiences of gaslighting and abuse. Recently, I saw an all-too-common meme on social media: the inspirational disabled person. The image was of a Paralympic horse rider, with the caption, “no excuses.” Much has been written about the problematic nature of disability “inspiration porn.” What shocked me was when I […]

Understanding ME And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome In Children

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  By Claire Tripp in teachwire.   Longterm and little-understood illnesses like ME, or chronic fatigue syndrome, can leave pupils misdiagnosed, isolated and forgotten, so it pays to spot the signs, says Claire Tripp…   You leave work with “Miss! Miss!” still echoing in your ears, an armful of marking, and thinking of Ellie. Once […]

Probing The Holes In MUS

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    By Spoonseeker in spoonseeker.com.   This is the second in a new series of posts about medically unexplained symptoms (MUS). The first of these, A Morass of MUS, appeared last time. However, I first looked at medically unexplained symptoms over two years ago in a post called Medically Unexplained Assumptions. In this, I travelled all […]

“Just Be Positive!” Toxic Positivity, ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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  By Lori Madeira and Cort Johnson in Health Rising.    In the face of a chronic illness, our friends and family can resort to simple solutions: just try and be positive they might advise. Look on the bright side. Focus oun what you can do. It’s not bad advice, but it often comes across as out […]

The Propaganda War On Chronically Ill And Disabled People Just Went Up A Gear

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    By Steve Topple in mrtopple.com.   Another week and the media dropped another heavy dose of propaganda against chronically ill and disabled people. Nothing new under the sun, I hear you cry. Except there is. Because this time it shows a clear, coordinated pattern emerging in this ongoing smearing of a whole community. […]

Marijuana As Medicine For ME/CFS And/Or Fibromyalgia Pt I: The Science Behind Cannabis

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  By Amber Ella in Health Rising.   This is Part I of a three-part series on using marijuana or cannabis as medicine for chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and/or fibromaylgia (FM). The first two parts by Amber focus on the science behind using Cannabis and how to get started on it. The last part by Cort focuses […]

Don’t Judge Appearances For Accessible Parking And Other Needs

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  From Invisible Disabilities Association.   Don’t judge appearances. People with invisible disabilities don’t LOOK Disabled. Don’t judge appearances when you think you see someone abusing privileges or rights reserved for the disabled because you might be making a common mistake based on perception. Have you ever seen someone get out of a car parked […]

When Children Don’t Get Well

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From Utting-Wolff Spouts.   When children don’t get well, when there is no adequate treatment, and they remain ill, we need to step in and fight for their right to be part of society. When children don’t get well, time passes by, sometimes like treacle, sometimes quickly,  with the realisation that another school year has whipped […]

Hidden Disabilities – Heathrow’s Sunflower Lanyard

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    From Heathrow.com.   At Heathrow we understand all passengers are unique and we offer different levels of support tailored to your needs. For a hidden disability such as autism, dementia or anxiety, help is always at hand at the airport. If you would like to book assistance just let your airline know 48 […]

To People With Invisible Illnesses, From A Paramedic Who Didn’t Believe You

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  By Ashley in The Mighty.   I’ve been a paramedic on and off for 10 years now. I’ve seen the good and the bad — probably more bad than good, but I’ve opened my eyes to something different. I’ve seen people in Facebook groups post about how health care professionals treat people with invisible illnesses poorly because they […]

Chronic Illness: Aren’t You Glad It Isn’t Worse ?

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  From The Brainless Blogger.   Okay, so stop telling people it could be worse. Yeah. It could be worse. It can always be worse. But it sure as hell could be better. We are aware it could be worse. We tell ourselves this sometimes to get through. Hell, sometimes worse happens and we are […]

The Difference Between ‘Rest’ And ‘Bad’ Days For My Chronic Illness

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    By Amy Saunders in The Mighty.   Living with an illness is hard. It means being ill. It means constant worry that you’re going to be ill. And it means your life is spent managing your illness to avoid being ill. You can have days when you feel on top of the world […]

If Your Chronic Illness Is Making You Want to Give Up

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  By Candida Reece in The Mighty. Having a chronic illness can mean life can be rough. It means going to the store with only one sock on because you didn’t want to go through the pain to find the other one; or maybe your shirt is inside out, or you have two different shoes, or clothes […]

Migraines And Other Headaches In Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)

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  By Brent Wells in Health Rising.   If you’ve ever suffered from any type of headache, you know that there is nothing funny about them. However, because migraines and headaches are not fatal and often do not result in permanent disability for most, their importance to public health has long been understated. This is […]

5 Reasons We Should Never Assume Someone Isn’t In Pain

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      By Christina Carrell in The Mighty.   I was sitting in one of those canvas painting classes, waving a paintbrush back and forth in a very amateur attempt to recreate Monet’s “Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies” (spoiler: I’m not an artist and the end result bore little resemblance to the […]

15 Things People With Chronic Illness Mean When They Say ‘I Don’t Feel Good’

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  By Veronica Vivona in The Mighty.   Many of those with chronic illness may be used to saying they’re “good” or “fine” when it comes to how they’re feeling. It doesn’t always mean they’re actually good or fine though. It might just be what they’re portraying to the world. They may do this for a variety of […]

Extra Costs With A Disability

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  From Scope.   Life costs more for disabled people and their families. Spending more on essential goods and services like; heating, insurance, equipment and therapies. These extra costs mean disabled people have less money in their pocket than non-disabled people, or simply go without. Therefore, disabled people are likely to have a lower standard […]

Experimental Blood Test Accurately Spots Fibromyalgia

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  By Misti Crane in Ohio Stae News.   For the first time, researchers have evidence that fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples – work they hope will pave the way for a simple, fast diagnosis. In a study that appears in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from The Ohio State University report success […]

Which Painkiller ?

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  From NHS Choices.   The type of medicines that you need to treat your pain depend on what type of pain you have. For pain associated with inflammation, such as back pain or headaches, paracetamol and anti-inflammatory painkillers work best. If the pain is caused by sensitive or damaged nerves, as is the case with shingles or sciatica, it’s usually treated with tablets that […]

Why People With Chronic Illness Can’t Simply ‘Push Through’

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  By Alicia Thompson in The Mighty.   It never ceases to frustrate me to realize how pervasive the “Just Do It” culture is. Whenever I discuss my physical limitations with others, I’m often met with the suggestion that I simply need to “push through.” Which leaves me wondering, what does this phrase really mean […]

Some Claims That London 2012 Changed The World Are Nonsense, Says Disabled Peer

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  By John Pring in Disability News Service.   One of Britain’s greatest Paralympians has told a parliamentary meeting to beware of claims that London 2012 “changed the world” for disabled people. Baroness [Tanni] Grey-Thompson (pictured) was speaking at a parliamentary meeting held to discuss the need for more to be done to enable disabled […]

You Don’t Look Sick: ‘My Skin Condition Causes A Lot Of Pain But I Gave Up My Blue Badge Because Of Abuse’

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  By Laura Abernethy in Metro.     Welcome to You Don’t Look Sick, our new weekly series about invisible illness and disabilities. There are 13.9 million disabled people in the UK, but for many of them, you would have no idea anything is wrong. Lots of people suffer from debilitating symptoms and daily struggles […]

Using A Cane With An Invisible Disability

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  By Kit O’Connell in Approximately 8,000 Words Blog.   I thought I’d write for a moment about what it means to use a cane as a person with an invisible disability (fibromyalgia). Invisible disabilities are life-altering health conditions which are nonetheless not always visible to a normal observer. Even a trained medical professional might miss […]

Why I Gave Up Trying To Be The ‘Good Patient’

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    By Alexis Redenbach in The Mighty. We’ve all seen the movies: the patient stoically braves the struggles of treatment and only gets angry one time, in a huge but righteous burst of frustration. The person in a traumatic accident is told they will never walk again but by sheer force of will, they somehow […]

Could Craniocervical Instability Be Causing ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & POTS? Pt I – The Brainstem Series

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Jeff had a typical ME/CFS onset: he was a young, healthy and active individual before being felled by a viral infection and a high temperature. The infection left him with headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and pain, sound and light sensitivity, and a general sense of being […]

Allodynia: A Rare, Distinct Type Of Pain In Fibromyalgia And ME/CFS

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    By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well Health.   Allodynia is a rare type of pain, generally on the skin, that’s caused by something that wouldn’t normally cause pain. This pain type is frequently associated with fibromyalgia, and some people with chronic fatigue syndrome have it as well. Other conditions associated with allodynia include neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia (shingles), and migraines. Outside of these conditions, […]

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