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Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Gap Widens

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The similarities are striking: the symptoms, the shoddy research funding, the poor treatment from doctors, the gender imbalance and the stigma both still face. Both diseases still really exist on the fringes of medicine and medical research. Yet one disease is moving forward rapidly and the other […]

My Disabled Body Is Not A ‘Burden.’ Inaccessibility Is

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      By Aryanna Falkner in Healthline. I discovered my love for literature and creative writing during my senior year of high school in Mr. C’s AP English class. It was the only class I could physically attend, and even then, I usually only made it once a week — sometimes less. I used […]

‘But You Don’t Look Sick’: Living With An Invisible Disability

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    By Nicole Precel in The Sydney Morning Herald.   When Rebecca Young parks her car in a disabled parking spot she often feels the searing stares. Is she driving her grandparents’ car? Why does she have a disability sticker when she is aged in her 30s and appears to walk perfectly well? Ms […]

Why Friendships Can Be Difficult With A Chronic Illness

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    By Jo Moss in The Mighty.   There is a saying that goes, “It’s amazing how chronic illness turns friends into strangers and strangers into friends.” Maintaining friendships can be difficult for those of us with chronic illness. It may be hard for friends to understand the challenges we face, and the limitations our ill-health places on […]

Disability Hate Crime: Number Of Reports Rising

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From BBC News. Shocking but not surprising is how one campaigner has described a rise in disability hate crimes. Research by learning disability charity United Response found there were more than 6,000 reported cases in 2018-19, a rise of just under 12% in a year. The police force area with the largest number was West […]

Unsolicited Health Advice Is Intrusive & Invalidating – Please Stop

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    By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Everyone living with a chronic illness has had to deal with unsolicited advice about their health. Whether it’s from strangers on social media or from well-meaning friends and family, uninvited advice is a frustrating part of living with an incurable chronic illness. It’s […]

The Cure For Toxic Positivity

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  By Rebecca Renner in Forge.   When my dad was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 52, I was flooded with emails, calls, and in-person pep talks from friends and acquaintances. Anyone who’d ever met me, it seemed, was eager to offer up a platitude. “Think positive,” they told me. “It will be okay. […]

Living With An Unsociable Illness

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  From the Not Just Tired Blog. As I’m writing this post, I’m sat in bed, having to take time out to rest, whilst we have a family member staying with us for the weekend. Enjoying listening from afar to the lively chatter, yet not a part of it. Would I not rather be downstairs, chatting […]

I Sometimes Feel Defeated By My Disability – And That’s Okay

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By Pippa in HUFFPOST.   Last month, Sport England and a number of partnering charities launched a new campaign aimed at people living with long-term health conditions. We Are Undefeatable, they called it – making a statement on behalf of the millions of people living with these illnesses in the UK. As a member of the […]

The Difficulty Of Living With A Fluctuating Condition

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    By Sally Doherty in The Mighty.   I don’t know about the rest of you, but there is such a difference between my good and bad days. Yes, I pace which is the number one advice for people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). I pace till I’m blue in the face (not […]

Why The Way Healthcare Professionals Measure Patient Pain Might Soon Be Changing

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    By Richard Day in The Conversation.   The last time you went to see a doctor, it was probably because you were in pain – it’s by far the main reason people access the health service. And if you did go because of pain, your doctor probably asked you to rate it on […]

I Believe You: Three Powerful Words For The Chronically Ill

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    By Laura Chamberlain in Laura’s Pen.   Sometimes, you feel alone in your suffering and misunderstood. Sometimes, all you need is someone to say they believe you… I believe you. Those are three very powerful words. When I put together my post on what you SHOULD say to your chronically ill friend, I received […]

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Gap Widens

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising. The similarities are striking: the symptoms, the shoddy research funding, the poor treatment from doctors, the gender imbalance and the stigma both still face. Both diseases still really exist on the fringes of medicine and medical research. Yet one disease is moving forward rapidly and the other […]

How Social Media Helps Shield Me From The Social Isolation Of Being Sick

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By Amber Blackburn in The Mighty.   When it comes to social media, we often hear about the negative aspects of each platform –like the fact that social media is full of highlight reels rather than what’s actually real. We only get to see what influencers choose to show us, which is usually only the […]

Are Chronic Illness And Trauma Related ? Here’s What You Need To Know

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      By Renee Fabian in The Mighty.   If you’ve been diagnosed with a chronic illness and experienced trauma, you may have some uneasy feelings about the connection between the two. After all, some doctors who don’t really understand tricky conditions like fibromyalgia or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS), for example, might be quick to tell you your symptoms are […]

A Blue Badge And Invisible ME

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Gone from being life and soul Health gone down a huge black hole Rarely getting out too far Too much pain is the bar A blue badge now has rescued me When strength allows, it sets me free It gets me to a needed door Which was out of my aching reach before Many are […]

The Struggle Of Identifying Pain

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    By Lindsay Glenne.   How do you know when to seek help? When you have a chronic illness, it’s really hard to differentiate between your usual pain, and something new. With an illness like fibromyalgia, it can sometimes be even harder. It effects every single part of your body and a flare can […]

Fatigue, Sleep, And Autoimmune And Related Disorders

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    Mark R. Zielinski1,2*, David M. Systrom3,4 and Noel R. Rose5 1Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Boston, MA, United States 2Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States 3Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States 4Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA, United States 5Department of […]

GABA and Glutamate in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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  By Adrienne Dellwo in Very Well Health.   GABA and glutamate are neurotransmitters—chemical messengers in your brain. One is calming, one is stimulating, and they’re supposed to stay in balance with each other. So what happens if this balance is thrown off?​ Some research suggests an imbalance of these two substances may play a role […]

A Love Letter To Anyone Who Struggled To Shower Today

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    By Sarah Mariann Martland in The Mighty.   This is a love letter to all those for whom showering is repeatedly a laborious exercise, physically, emotionally or both. To those who spend days putting it off because you know just how exhausting or painful it feels, right down to your bones, just to stand under the […]

Is The Brain Causing The Small Fiber Neuropathy In Fibromyalgia (And ME/CFS ?)

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It seemed ever so clear. The reduction in the number of small nerves in the skin and eyes of roughly forty percent or so of the people with fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) must bring the body – as opposed to the brain – into […]

My Disabilities Are Invisible. I Shouldn’t Have To Prove Them To Strangers

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  By Isabelle Jani-Friend in The Guardian.   I was recently on a packed Central line train into London. Luckily, I managed to take the last priority disabled seat. My osteoporosis and the fatigue I experience meant it would be hard for me to stand for the 40-minute journey to Oxford Circus. I felt a […]

When I Can’t Control How Chronic Illness Is Affecting My Body

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  By Laurel Younis in The Mighty.   OK, here it – the biggest and most important secret you will need to survive chronic illness. The key to surviving chronic illness is surviving it in any way you can. Now I know what you may be thinking, “Really? Is this seriously the advice you’re giving […]

Finding Accessible Work With A Chronic Illness

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    From the Life of Pippa Blog.   Since I started blogging, there’s one question I’ve consistently been asked more than any other: how I found my flexible, work from home opportunities. If you don’t already know, I split my time between social media management and content creation in the charity sector, self-employment as […]

“This Is What Disabled Looks Like”: The Sometimes Hard-To-See Line Between Visible And Invisible Disabilities

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  From the CoffeeSpoonie Blog.   There are disabilities we think of as visible, and disabilities we think of as invisible. (Mental illness? Invisible. Quadriplegia? Visible. Autoimmune disease? Invisible. Blindness, with a cane and guide dog? Visible.) Neat little categories that we are expected to sort our disabilities into, to help others understand better when […]

It’s OK To Feel Angry Or Resentful Sometimes When You Have A Chronic Illness

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  By Juliana Philippa Kerrest  in The Mighty.   Something I greatly struggle with are the emotional ups and downs that come with dealing with a chronic illness. I have three chronic conditions that have affected me to varying degrees throughout my life: psychological, neurological, and autoimmune. Most of the time, I handle it relatively well; I […]

Preparing For University When You Have A Disability

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  By Chloe Tear.   Oh how I remember this time well! I actually graduated on Wednesday, but preparing for the whole thing only seems like yesterday. University was such an unknown step, even if it was a step I knew I wanted to take. My health at the time was far from ideal and […]

How To Book Access Theatre Tickets – Seats For Disabled Patrons

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    From the Life of Pippa Blog.   Ever since I started theatre blogging and my chronic illness-friendly reviews, I’ve had messages asking about how I book my access tickets and ensure my needs are met. It’s one of those things that I’ve been doing for so long now that it’s become second nature, so […]

More Than Half Of Disabled Passengers Still Find Air Travel Difficult, Says Regulator

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    By John Pring in Disability News Service.   More than half of passengers who describe themselves as having an impairment that limits their day-today activity find travelling by air difficult, according to a regulator’s annual report on access at the UK’s major airports. The Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) annual report on disability access contains […]

Potential Dangers Of Exercise Or Activity For ME And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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    From the How To Get On Blog.   We are taught that exercise is supposed to make us feel better. Staying active is supposed to make us healthier. Getting out of bed is supposed to improve our quality of life. Sadly, for people with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome,” the opposite can […]

What To Consider When Employing People With Disabilities

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  By Robert Stack Forbes Councils Member.   President Trump kicked off his re-election campaign last month with a list of accomplishments, from the market rebound to unemployment being “the lowest it has been in 51 years.” According to a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) article, “With unemployment at a low, fewer people are looking for jobs. Many employers […]

Practical Solutions To Everyday Spoonie Problems

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  By Jo Moss in A Journey Through The Fog.   Having a chronic illness means everyday tasks can be challenging, exhausting and painful. But there are steps we can take to make life easier, to limit the stress caused and to conserve our energy for more enjoyable activities. Here are some practical solutions to […]

World Emoji Day 2019: First Look At The New Disability Emojis For Release On iOS This Autumn

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  By Rhiannon Williams in iNews.   Disability-themed icons, a yawning face and a sloth are among the new characters to be released in honour of World Emoji Day. Apple has previewed a selection of emoji due for release in the autumn, including a range of inclusive disability-themed characters. The reveal coincides with World Emoji Day, an unofficial […]

Stress, PTSD And Parents Of Kids With Disabilities

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    By Dr. Liz Matheis  in The Mighty.   As a Psychologist, I am in the business of receiving phone calls from parents worried about their kids with disabilities. During that initial phone call, parents give me a quick run-down of their child’s symptoms, the struggles the family at large is facing, and the specific goals […]

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