Ramadan: Observing The Fast With A Chronic Condition

Ramadan: Observing The Fast With A Chronic Condition This year, Ramadan begins the evening of June 17th and ends the evening of July 17th. During this month-long observance, approximately one billion Muslims around the world will not eat, drink, or smoke from dawn until sunset. Fasting is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and is…

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Does anyone have feet that swell up to the point that they look like they are going to burst! This is extremely painful and I can’t put weight on them. Just spent 12 hours in the ER did a lot of labs some were off a little but not anything to explain this. This has…

Why woman feel more pain than men

Sex differences in brain activity alter pain therapies he study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that when microglia, the brain’s resident immune cells, were blocked, female response to opioid pain medication improved and matched the levels of pain relief normally seen in males. Women suffer from a higher incidence of chronic and inflammatory…

5 Tough Choices You Face When You’re Chronically Ill or in Pain

  Having chronic pain or illness — or, as is often the case, both — is hard work. One reason for this is that we must constantly assess and evaluate if we’re managing our health and our relationships skillfully. This requires us to make tough choice after tough choice. Here are five of them that…

The Scary Link between Abusive Relationships and Chronic Illness

According to a global study, 30 percent of women are impacted by intimate partner, domestic, or sexual abuse. It takes a lot for women to leave abusive relationships and to rise as survivors. Unfortunately, many of these women end up having health problems down the road, such as lower back pain, headaches, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia,…

Chronic fatigue syndrome & child abuse: Disordered patients or disordered research?

Are chronic fatigue patients victims of child abuse or research abuse?   Childhood trauma is a potent risk factor for development of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a study by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is published in the Jan. 5,…

What I’ve Learned From Loving Someone Who Needs Opioids to Survive

I’ve been seeing a lot about the supposed “opioid crisis” lately, both in the news and on social media. I’ve seen everything from an outcry of total support from some, absurd indecisiveness from a few and loud and unreasoned vitriol from others. The thing that bothers me most is the look of fear on my…