17 Side Effects of Fibromyalgia We Don’t Talk About – in Photos

Fibromyalgia is commonly associated with symptoms such as widespread pain and fatigue, but there are a number of lesser-known symptoms and side effects that don’t get brought to light as often. Side effects can range from physical issues that result from symptoms of the illness, to comorbid conditions, to the effects living with fibro can have on…

PET scans show fibromyalgia patients have inflammation in the brain

“Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being told that their problems are imaginary is pretty important,” said researcher Marco Loggia. People with fibromyalgia have widespread inflammation in their brains, new research reveals. “Finding an objective neurochemical change in the brains of people who are used to being…

Living With Fibromyalgia And Difficulty Speaking

By Sue Jaye Fibromyalgia is a disease that has many symptoms and some of them can be confusing for people. So in case you were thinking that it only affects the energy levels of the body and that the only problem is muscle and tissue pain, you were wrong. This kind of disease can affect…

Dear ER Staff, Please Don’t Label Me as Someone Seeking Out Medication

As someone living with chronic pain, I have been to the emergency room more times than I would like to admit. And every single time, I dread it. Not because of the medicines, or the long waits, or the cost. Don’t get me wrong, those suck, too. But, I dread it because I know what I…

The ‘Disaster’ That Is Showering With a Chronic Illness

Showering is really tough when you have a chronic condition. At one point in time I would take an hour-long soak in super hot water and come out of it feeling refreshed and ready for a good night’s sleep. That’s not the case anymore. I’d say showering is one of the hardest things I do…

What It Means to Love a Woman With Chronic Illness

First, I’d like to clarify that I’m not an expert in relationships. Let me also say that being in a relationship with someone who is chronically ill and/or in pain isn’t easy. There are good times and bad times, most of which, if you’re really lucky, will come from the ups and downs of their…

Please Don’t Confuse My Chronic Pain With ‘Low Pain Tolerance’

“Pain tolerance” and “pain threshold” are phrases used to describe how much pain a person can handle, but they don’t actually mean the same thing. Pain tolerance is how much pain you can handle while still functioning (for me, this means how much pain I can handle without taking medication). Pain threshold is when your…

Restless Leg Syndrome and Fibromyalgia 

Restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia can both cause issues for sufferers.  As if fibromyalgia doesn’t cause enough distress when you’re awake, it often disrupts your sleep as well. It’s common for sufferers to report difficulty falling and staying asleep due to pain, but restless leg syndrome is another condition that can lead to frequent sleep…