My Valentines Day Wish For All of You Chronic Pain Warriors Who Fight a Battle that NO ONE Understands

A Valentines Day wish from me to you, someone who understands and knows all too well how exhausting living with chronic pain can be!

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Valentine's Gifts that Say I Love You While also Making Life with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Less Painful

Valetines day gifts

Choosing the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts can become quite difficult when the object of your affection has a chronic illness like fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis. But have no fear! I am here to share a few ideas that will provide your loved one with comfort and joy long after February 14th!

11 Products to Help People with Hand Tremors Maintain Their Independence

11 Products to Help People with Hand Tremors Maintain Their Independence

Hand tremors or lack of strength from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, fibromyalgia, or other illness may find themselves losing their independence. Today I am sharing eleven products that may help them maintain their independence

Maintaining Mobility: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 9

HOW TO MAINTAIN MOBILITY WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

Within a few months of seeing me for psoriatic arthritis and fibromyalgia, my rheumatologist could see how much I was struggling to walk any distance. In fact, it was he who suggested that I get a parking placard for my car and handed me a form with his signature to get one asap. What was strange is that he never discussed use of a mobility aid.

The Importance of Self-Care: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 8

THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF CARE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

There two forms of self-care. There’s the fun kind that everybody likes and the not so fun kind that feels more like work than a good time. Today I am sharing the importance of both and why they should be discussed with newly diagnosed patients.

Assistance is Necessary: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 7

Assistance is Necessary WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS

I can’t imagine anyone likes asking for help. I know I don’t. But as the pain and fatigue from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis increased, I had no choice but to give in. I often wonder if it would have been such a painful process had I been warned at the time of my diagnosis. My guess is that….

Relationship Changes: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 6

Relationship Changes BECAUSE OF CHRONIC PAIN

I was caught off guard by the changes that took place in regards to my relationships with others. As a stay-at-home mother and wife my role was to care for everyone. But that all changed after my body was hijacked by fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis.

All Pain-Relief Options: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 5

All Pain Relief Options

To expect millions of people who are as different from each other as the sun and moon are to find relief from one, two, or even three options is absolutely ridiculous! What we need are pain management plans that address us individually, not as group.
The problem is

The Importance of a Chronic Illness Health Journal: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 4

The Importance of a Chronic Illness Health Journal

For doctors and patients to have a better understanding of how the disease progressing, what could be triggering symptoms/pain, and the impact it is having on the patient’s life they both need to see the full story, not just one day or week of the patient’s life.

Intimacy Issues: Nine Things I Wished I had Been Told When Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis Part 3

NTIMACY ISSUES AND CHRONIC PAIN

Let’s talk about sex!
Chronic pain from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis will destroy your sex life unless you are willing to accept and make changes.
What needs to change?
Things that may need reevaluating are:

Why Holiday Timelines Don’t Work with Chronic Illness/Pain

Why Holiday Timelines Don't Work with Chronic Illness/Pain

There is nothing normal about living with multiple chronic illnesses. So why do we expect ourselves to adhere to a holiday schedule that many healthy people struggle to keep up with? Today I am sharing why holiday timelines don’t work with chronic illness/pain.