Fibromyalgia

Writing about Fibromyalgia: The psychological and physiological effects

Writing about Fibromyalgia: The psychological and physiological effects

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you”, Maya Angelou A very interesting interview awhile ago on CBC Radio with Michael Enright as host. Dr. Suzanne Koven, who is a Massachusetts  General Hospital Writer-in Residence and a primary care doctor,  writes, teaches and speaks about the healing power of story writing. She was Enright’s guest. …

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Fibromyalgia and the 'crafty' person: knittin' hookin' and stitchin' as therapy

Fibromyalgia and the ‘crafty’ person: knittin’ , hookin’ and stitchin’ as therapy

“As I get older, I just prefer to knit”, Tracy Ullman In the Canadian Globe and Mail , Thursday, February 18, 2016, L5, featuring an article by Jane Brody, we read about the benefits of knitting as therapy. In fact, large studies have been done with thousands of knitters extolling this activity and other handcrafts. It is said to …

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Fibromyalgia: "what's that smell"?

Fibromyalgia: “what’s that smell”?

“For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little”, Rachel Carson Many of us with fibromyalgia are extremely sensitive to environmental stimulation such as loud noises, dogs barking, loud music, bright lights, frightening images, strong tastes and even certain …

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Harnessing your fibromyalgia anxiety with mindfulness meditation

Harnessing your fibromyalgia anxiety with mindfulness meditation

“Breathe and let be”, Jon Kabat-Zinn Within the last two decades the concept of mindfulness meditation has been adopted by schools, hospitals, businesses, police and even the military. Those who teach/mentor MM to people in the huge business of organized sport, the corporate world, the military, no doubt live with some degree of contradiction in their lives. …

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Fibromyalgia is NOT a 'Disease'! Manual therapists to "help"?

Fibromyalgia is NOT a ‘Disease’! Manual therapists to “help”?

“Names are not always what they seem”, Mark Twain How to go about convincing experts and the general population that fibromyalgia is not a disease, but a Medically Unexplained Syndrome (MUS)? It is in fact, a dis-ease. It is mysterious in the ways in which it exhibits itself with a vast array of features, but …

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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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