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Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 15 - The Ultimate Guide to Online Support

Puja Rios | Posted 02.10.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Who's to say Valentine's Day is only about champagne, chocolate and roses? Don't get me wrong, I will gladly cheers to you with a glass of Moët, but ...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 14 -- Proof to Convince a Non-Believer

Puja Rios | Posted 01.26.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

For those of you that are going through this, first and foremost, I am here for you.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 13 -- 3 Ways I Fight Isolation

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Isolation and Chronic Pain go hand in hand, there's no sugar coating it. Anyone with CP knows that we make deliberate choices about our schedules ever...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 12 -- The Secret to a New Year Resolution

Puja Rios | Posted 01.16.2017 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Here's to a happy and healthy New Year!" Before my diagnosis, I remember thinking how empty those words sounded to me. Of course I was going to ha...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Eliminate Recurring Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Heal Your Chronic Pain: Understand The Source Of Recurring Pain and Learn Effective Techniques To Eliminate It. If there's one thing I know for sure,...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 11 -- Ongoing Effects of Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 11.17.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

The Struggle is Real For the most part, in my life and in my blog, I choose to stay optimistic. As you've seen in this blog, I'd rather focus on solu...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 10 -- The Dangers of Negative Thinking

Puja Rios | Posted 10.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Since my 2008 diagnosis, I have experienced a list of grievances so long, I could complain about them every minute of every day, month after month and...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Founder of "Spoon Theory" Needs Your Help

Puja Rios | Posted 10.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Whether you have Fibromyalgia, Lupus, CFS, depression or any invisible disease, you know the guilt that comes along with it. Asking for help feels lik...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 9 -- 15 Things to Know Once You're Diagnosed with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

In 2007, the iPhone turned one year old, Fibromyalgia wasn't recognized as an actual condition and David Hasselhoff got really drunk and tried to eat ...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 8 -- 9 Quick Tips for Sleeping with Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more." -Wilson Mizener As funny as Mizener's quote is, sleep is no laughing matte...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia -- SPECIAL EDITION -- Marshall Field V: 6 Tips on Chronic Pain

Puja Rios | Posted 08.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Chronic Pain is brutal, unpredictable, exhausting and of course, really painful. Somedays it feels a tornado ravaged my body, leaving nothing but wrec...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Sign the National Pain Strategy White House Petition

Puja Rios | Posted 08.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

In fifteen seconds you can become a champion of 100 million Americans suffering with an invisible illness. Almost 33% of the population and 50% of re...

Childhood Trauma Leads To Lifelong Chronic Illness -- So Why Isn't The Medical Community Helping Patients?

Donna Jackson Nakazawa | Posted 07.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Donna Jackson Nakazawa

When physicians help patients come to the profound revelation that childhood adversity plays a role in the chronic illnesses they face now, they help them to heal physically and emotionally at last.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia -- SPECIAL EDITION -- Marshall Field V: 40 Years of Chronic Pain, A Lifetime Of Success

Puja Rios | Posted 08.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

What do you think of when you hear the words, Marshall Field? The department store, The Chicago-Sun Times, the World Wildlife Fund or any of these Ame...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 7 -- 4 Relationship Saving Tips for Loved Ones of Chronic Pain Sufferers

Puja Rios | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is an in-depth, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into th...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 6 -- What Happened When I Tried Something TOTALLY Different

Puja Rios | Posted 07.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is an in-depth, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into th...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 5 -- 5 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Partner (That Won't Hurt a Bit)

Puja Rios | Posted 06.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 4 -- 10 Do's and Dont's When Someone You Love Has a Flare Up

Puja Rios | Posted 05.26.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

25 Things People With Fibromyalgia Want You To Know

Puja Rios | Posted 05.12.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

"Me vs. Fibromyalgia" is a biweekly, one-of-a-kind series designed to give readers and warriors affected by Fibromyalgia a comprehensive look into the...

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 3 -- Doc Appointments, You Are Your Own Best Advocate

Puja Rios | Posted 05.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

If you aren't getting the results you're looking for, I encourage you to keep fighting. Keep looking, keep an open mind and don't compromise. If you know you can do more, do it. This condition can be managed and you can live a better life.

Me vs. Fibromyalgia: Part 2 -- Your Rheumatologist... The Secret Sauce

Puja Rios | Posted 05.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Puja Rios

Part of my mission is to bring the Fibromyalgia Survivor community together to offer real support and encouragement to one another. You can be part of this movement by sharing your story too. Have you found the right doctor for your wants and needs? Please tell us your story in the conversation below, let's talk about it.

Handicapped What?

Joanna Charnas | Posted 08.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

More than once, police officers have stopped me and inquired if the handicapped placard hanging from my rear view mirror belongs to me. I stand tall, smile, and ask if they want to see the paperwork the law requires that I keep in my vehicle. Thus far no one has asked me to produce it.

What It Is Actually Like to Be Chronically Ill

Chanel White | Posted 07.06.2016 | Healthy Living
Chanel White

Let's take a moment to step back from the illusions we are fed by society and familiarize ourselves with the true situations chronic illness sufferers face.

Lessons From Chronic Pain

M. Shin | Posted 03.31.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Shin

One of the hardest aspects about living with an invisible disability is that people, usually through no fault of their own, just do not get it. Some people find it incredibly difficult to understand that someone who has no apparent disability could be in pain.

Vegan Creamed Spinach With Caramelized Onions

Jamie Rautenberg | Posted 03.23.2015 | Taste
Jamie Rautenberg

It tastes like a guilty pleasure, but it's no guilt and all pleasure.