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Costochondritis/Tietze’s Syndrome – 5 Things That Help!

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Costochondritis =PAINFUL For many of us with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME is the very sore, tender (and sometimes scary!) costochondritis (which seems to be cross-referenced a lot with Tietze’s Syndrome). I know of many fibromites/CFSers who have been rushed to the hospital thinking they are having a heart attack – ‘only’ to be diagnosed with ‘costo’ aka costochondritis. Costochondritis is where costal cartilage in …

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I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas…And Being Tiny Tim, Too!

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Hello everyone (so, hi Mom and hubby!), Firstly, as with all the writing I do, it comes from my heart – what I am feeling, experiencing and of course, questioning (What can I say, I’m a Gemini!). The other night I had an impulse (or I like to call it ‘listening to myself’) to watch the movie White Christmas.  You …

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Cold & Flu Season: Be Prepared!

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Yep.  We Know It All TOO Well… For those of us with auto immune conditions, such as Lupus, MS, arthritis, fibromyalgia and CFS/ME (to name a few) we know all too well how easy it is to catch everything that is making the rounds. From colds and flu, to sore throats and norovirus…not to mention issues arising with asthma being …

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When Your Doctor Doesn’t Listen…What To Do About It!

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The Importance of a Good Doctor Personally, this is one of the most important relationships in your life! A good doctor can make sure that you are getting the best help and treatment available. They will also ensure that you have proper investigations to rule out issues – or find issues, to make sure that you are getting the proper …

10 Top Sleep Tips for Chronic Pain

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Here’s my top 10 definitive sleep tips for chronic pain. You know you are sleep deprived when you see other people sleeping and wish that you could sleep like that, too. You are sleep deprived when you get a new medication and it says, ‘may make you drowsy’ – and you pray that it does.  (And it doesn’t). You are …

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How Positive Attitudes and Change Can Make a HUGE Difference!

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Oh, the Grief of it All…. I know that many of us (all?) go through the stages of grief when diagnosed with these conditions/diseases/illnesses (whatever you want to call them – the jury is still out!) and when things start taking a nose-dive in regards to work finances, family, friends…well…let’s face it, your life has changed, no doubt about it! …

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep….

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To Sleep or Not to Sleep…   Almost all of us have been there.  And, if you are like me, I have tried pretty much every prescription medication and over the counter ones.  As well as herbal options. (Important note – always ask your chemist if any herbal supplements will interact with your medications. 5-HTP is an example that can …

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Life with Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME & Chronic Pain – Blog 1

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Welcome to our (my) very first blog! Here is the spot where I will be sharing experiences, information, research, helpful hints and tips to make life more comfortable and products that help make a difference when struggling with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and chronic pain. At first, I was going to keep these blogs ‘tight’. Here are 10 tips xyz etc. which …