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When an illness like chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia strikes, it can turn a personís world upside down. However, with the help of some basic coping strategies and lifestyle changes, an individual with CFS or FM can lead a productive and fulfilling life.
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How to Evaluate Health Information on the Internet
Today the Internet is the first place many of us turn to for health information Ė often even before consulting our doctors. But just how reliable is the information we find? Here are 10 questions you should ask about any health-related site.
Managing Your Energy
Most of us with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome are so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that whenever we get even a hint of extra energy, we go overboard. Learn to manage your energy, just as you manage your budget.
Coping Essentials
When fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome strikes, it can turn your world upside down. However, with a good treatment plan, some lifestyle changes and a few basic coping strategies, it is still possible to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Survive the Holidays
The holidays are stressful for most people, and they can be even more stressful for people with illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Here's how to cope.
After the Diagnosis: Grieve Your Old Life
When you first learn that you have been diagnosed with a chronic illness for which there is no cure, you are probably stunned and frightened... That’s a perfectly normal reaction. It’s also normal and even necessary to go through the stages of grief.
Are You a Victim or a Victor?
When you are suffering with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, it is easy to slip into a victim mentality. Learn how you can be a victor, not a victim.
Seven Steps to Managing Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia (FM) can take over your life. Take back control. Learn to control your disease, don't let your disease control you. Here are seven steps to help you manage your fibromyalgia and take back control of your life.
Seven Steps to Managing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome can take over your life. Take back control. Learn to control your disease, don't let your disease control you. Here are seven steps to help you manage your CFS and take back control of your life.
Little Things Make a Big Difference
Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome present us with many physical and mental challenges. Here are some little tips that may make a big difference in helping you minimize mental errors and conserve your energy for those things you need and/or want to do.
Traveling With a Chronic Illness
Traveling is supposed to be a pleasurable activity. Unfortunately, the harsh reality of traveling with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome is that often, just getting to our destination is so stressful and exhausting, we spend most of our vacation in bed, trying to recover enough strength to make the trip home.
Patients Need Patience
Lord, give me patience and I want it right now! That is an old joke but it expresses the attitude many of us with fibromyalgia (FM) have as we seek relief from our myriad of symptoms. We have suffered for weeks, months – often years – and we are desperate for relief. We have taken dozens of different medicines and tried a variety of alternative therapies...all with little to no positive results. We want help and we want it now!
10 Strategies for Maintaining a Positive Attitude
Our attitude can have a profound effect on how we feel and how well we cope with our illness. Deborah A. Barrett, PhD shares ten tips to help us maintain a more positive attitude.
Finding Help From Furry Friends
The National Fibromyalgia Associationís Online Newsletter, Vol. 6, No. 2, spotlights animals and the difference they can make in the lives of those with chronic illnesses.
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