Our 10 Most Shared Fibromyalgia Articles of 2015
Can you believe the New Year is already here? As slow as the days can go when you have fibromyalgia, it always surprises me how quickly the year passes by.
As I look back over the last year, we’ve had quite a busy year at the Fibromyalgia Treatment Group. Our Facebook page has grown to over 130k followers, we’ve launched a brand new Fibrolief Cream and we’ve dedicated thousands of hours to creating content and publishing blog posts that are relevant to you as you cope with fibromyalgia.
There’s a good chance you may have missed some of the valuable blog posts we’ve written over the last year, so I thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of our ten most popular (and helpful) posts!
In case you missed them, here are 10 articles you’ll want to read…
10 Signs That You Have Fibromyalgia
This was our most popular post of the year – by far. Over 100k thousand people read, commented or shared the article! Unfortunately, most people with fibromyalgia will suffer for years from the debilitating symptoms before finally receiving a proper diagnosis. In fact, the average time from first symptom to a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is seven years.
Part of this might be from a lack of awareness about fibromyalgia and its symptoms – both among patients and doctors alike. For those suffering from fibromyalgia without knowing what it is – knowing about fibromyalgia and knowing what signs to look for are critical. This article covers ten of the most common signs or symptoms of this painful chronic condition.
Fibromyalgia Finally Recognized as Official Diagnosis
One reason fibromyalgia often takes so long to diagnose is that some doctor’s are hesitant to use the diagnosis. That’s because until October of last year, there was no official medical code for fibromyalgia – leaving doctors, physicians, researchers and insurers no code under which to classify it. Without an official medical code in the ICD list (International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems), some doctors even questioned the legitimacy of fibromyalgia.
Fortunately in the latest revision of the list, fibromyalgia was given it’s own official code. Learn what this change could mean for you in terms of insurance coverage, disability claims and more.
15 Triggers To Avoid If You Have Fibromyalgia
Living with fibromyalgia can be a lot like navigating a minefield. There are countless “mines” out there that can sabotage your day by aggravating your symptoms. Even one small misstep can have an impact on you for days as you try to recover from the pain or damage caused.
Do you what these threats are? Knowing what your potential flare-up triggers are can help you navigate the fibromyalgia minefield more effectively. Watch out for these 15 triggers that can sabotage your day…
10 Herbs & Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain
Are herbs and supplements part of your natural approach to managing pain? For many fibromyalgia sufferers, healing herbs and supplements can provide helpful relief from pain (and other symptoms) without the negative side effects of prescriptions. If you want to try a natural approach in addition to other medicines or treatments, check out these 10 herbs and supplements for fibromyalgia pain.
6 Rules for Living with Fibromyalgia (As Told By Fibromyalgia Bloggers)
We asked a few of our favorite fibromyalgia bloggers – women who are living with and blogging about their journeys with fibromyalgia – what lessons they’ve learned from living with chronic pain. They gave us six effective rules to live by – rules that have helped them navigate the difficult road of fibromyalgia and allowed them to develop healthier relationships with chronic pain.
10 Things Your Family & Friends Need To Know About Fibromyalgia
Apart from the physical symptoms, one of the most difficult aspects of fibromyalgia for many sufferers is the toll it takes on relationships with family and friends. As a widely unknown and often misunderstood condition, fibromyalgia can create a barrier between you and those in your life who don’t completely understand what you’re going through.
This blog post provides a list of 10 things your family and friends should know that will help them better understand fibromyalgia and – more specifically – better understand what you experience on a daily basis.
Traps to Avoid if You Have Fibromyalgia (As Told By Actual Sufferers)
Speaking of relationships and the emotional toll of fibromyalgia, this article is great for anyone feeling overwhelmed by the reality of not being able to live the life they expected to live. As explained by actual fibromyalgia sufferers, there are four traps we’re all prone to fall into (especially if we’re living with chronic pain). They are the explanation, guilt, comparison and stress traps. Read the post to find out how (and why) we fall into these traps and what to do to avoid them.
25 Real Symptoms of Fibromyalgia (That Aren’t Just In Your Head)
Most people without fibromyalgia have never heard of it. Among those that have heard of it, there are a few common misconceptions: that pain is the only symptom and that it’s really just all in your head. We’ve probably all heard those words before – and it doesn’t get any easier when we are confronted with those who really believe them.
To help build awareness, we compiled a list of 25 real symptoms of fibromyalgia that aren’t in your head. These are real symptoms. And believe it or not, widespread pain is only one of the symptoms. There are in fact a variety of other symptoms related to fibromyalgia including bowel problems, chronic fatigue, brain fog (a.k.a. fibro fog) and more.
How many of the 25 symptoms in this post do you suffer from?
Supplements Every Fibromyalgia Sufferer Should Take
A wise physician once noted, “For every drug that benefits a patient, there is a natural substance that can achieve the same effect.” For some conditions, the key to addressing the underlying cause can be found through natural options like vitamins, minerals or herbs. The same holds true for chronic pain.
There are vitamins and nutrients that can help ease some of the symptoms of a chronic illness like fibromyalgia. Studies have shown the potential of these nutrients to help attack the root cause of chronic pain and lower the frequency and intensity of pain – as well as that of other symptoms such as fatigue and brain fog.
Take a look at these five natural supplements for fighting the symptoms of fibromyalgia…
Fibromyalgia 101: Where to Find Reliable Information Online
Have you ever tried to find information about fibromyalgia online and been flooded with hundreds of websites or search results – some of which seem more reliable than others? For anyone trying to learn about fibromyalgia online, it can be difficult to know which information is reliable or up to date and which is not. To help you navigate your way through the mess, we’ve put together a list of the most reliable fibromyalgia websites, blog and support groups online.
There you have it. If you missed any of these the first time around we hope you’ve found them helpful. Even if you’ve already read them, a quick glance through can serve as a good refresher for the tips contained within. We look forward to another busy year and plenty of useful fibromyalgia articles, tips and advice to help you in your journey!
If you have a topic you’d like us to cover, send us a message on our Facebook Page and we’ll add it to our list of topics for the year.