Archive for October, 2012

Hurricane Sandy and Other Disasters: Why Some People Emerge Swimmingly and Others Drown in Distress

October 29, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined, Treatment  |  Share
Hurricane Sandy and Other Disasters: Why Some People Emerge Swimmingly and Others Drown in Distress

Hurricane Sandy floods NC...a little

Like so many people over the weekend and into today, I'm watching the path of Hurricane Sandy with curiosity and more than a little concern. For us here in North Carolina, Hurricane Sandy didn't amount to much, certainly not after Irene's direct hit and devastation last year. The weekend was windy and rainy, and we had plenty of high water, but nothing approaching evacuation-level, window-boarding doom and gloom. I can't say the same for the Northeast; and for the millions up there, including some of my own family and perhaps a few of you readers, I am concerned. I'm concerned not only for the actual, measurable damage Hurricane Sandy will surely cause, but for the insidious damage she will cause that lurks in the aftermath.

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Positive Affect and Pain: Feel Good, Walk More

October 22, 2012  |  Exercise, Activity, Treatment  |  Share
Positive Affect and Pain: Feel Good, Walk More

People with fibromyalgia have just learned they will go on a walk.

Every now and then, the intermittent exercise blues threaten your best efforts. I've been known to chalk them up to the all inclusive, noncommittal, ultra-illustrative "just because." While still the case at times, I would like to introduce a second hypothesis - lack of positive affect. Turns out, having a high positive affect - defined as experiencing a positive feeling or emotion and characterized by enthusiasm, energy, confidence, and alertness - influences the amount of physical activity you do in a day. As if completing any sort of physical activity in a day isn't challenging enough, now you have to be happy about it to increase your success. Ugh.

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Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia: What It’s All About and How You Can Benefit

October 14, 2012  |  Exercise, Activity, Treatment  |  Share
Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia: What It's All About and How You Can Benefit

Much like acupuncture in Chinese medicine, Tai Chi has a long and rich history in Chinese martial arts dating back 3,000 years. Speed up to the 16th century A.D. and we have solid accounts of Tai Chi as a complete system that incorporates physical movement, deep breathing and mental concentration. The 5 major styles of Tai Chi range in physicality from slow, gentle, graceful movements to more combative, fast and explosive movements. Loosely interpreted, one end of the Tai Chi spectrum is designed to relieve pain while the other suggests inflicting pain. Knowing a few moves that could inflict pain might well come in handy, but we'll stick with pain relief for now.

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Research Study Participation 101

October 3, 2012  |  Getting Started  |  Share
Research Study Participation 101

Your participation in research studies is necessary and vital to advance our understanding of illnesses and to the development of treatments. Thankfully, a vast history of atrocities, horrific mistreatment and utter disregard for people's human rights and well-being at the hands of seemingly powerful researchers has led to marked improvements in your safety as a participant. Yay, You! Most people worry about the well being of animals in research, as they should, but seriously, you should see what we humans have done to each other in the name of science. Yikes.

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