Chronic Pain

Life with fibromyalgia: It's not easy, but possible to find joy

Life with fibromyalgia: It’s not easy, but possible to find joy

“Excuse me while I kiss the sky”, Jimi Hendrix So, am I in such a lovely warm place kissing this beautiful sky? No, instead I am in the midst of cold winter. Weather and fibromyalgia: Already my muscles have begun to freeze up. While it has not been an unusually cold winter so far, the rise …

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Fibromyalgia: Living with Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia: Living with Chronic Pain

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on”, Robert Frost I have frequently cited the works of adiemusfree from her HealthSkills Blog. She has become my guru for updates on research regarding pain. I take hope because of her personal struggles with the issues surrounding living  with acceptance in …

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Fibromyalgia and Chronic Itching

Fibromyalgia and Chronic Itching

“The itch sensation is a perception”, Dr. Zhou-Feng Chen The most exciting research regarding itching comes from professor Dr. Zhou-Feng Chen, and his colleagues at the Washington University School of Medicine Pain Center. He is Director, Center for the Study of Itch. To quote from his biography : “Ongoing research program is centered on signalling …

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Fibromyalgia and Brain Fog: Stop Breathe & Think

Fibromyalgia and Brain Fog: Stop, Breathe & Think

“My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery-always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud”, Virginia Woolf To live a life in a state of high anxiety, boarding on panic, is common among those of us with fibromyalgia. We anticipate pain, fatigue, muddled thoughts, and a myriad of other …

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Letting go: How to live with Fibromyalgia

Letting go: How to live with Fibromyalgia

” To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit”, Jack Kornfield In the newspaper today there is an editorial written by Jane Brody titled “More specialists explore treating pain without drugs” (The Globe and Mail, L5, September 15, …

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Hypnosis for Fibromyalgia

Hypnosis for Fibromyalgia

“With hypnosis, we can help people modulate perceptions in ways that are therapeutically helpful”, David Spiegel For those of us with chronic pain and/or a myriad of other distressing physical and psychological conditions the practice of ‘changing our brains’  through relaxation and exercise regimes can be overwhelming. Mindfulness meditation is one way that we can …

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The many faces of fibromyalgia

The many faces of fibromyalgia

“What’s in a name?”, Shakespeare The nomenclature of Fibromyalgia can be known as : “Central Sensitization”, “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” , “Cycles of Over-Exertion-Relapse”, “Chronic Fatigue Disorder”, and now a new term: “Systemic Exertion Intolerance Disorder”- all with the same characteristics.  What’s to be done so that we can explain ourselves to others while so …

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