Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Routines: 6 Tips for Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

Happy New Year, faithful fibro readers! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season with more good time spent with friends and family than on stressing over friends and family...and the holiday season. Hope you ate well, and by "well" I mean guiltlessly scarfing down handfuls of anything not green or leafy. That one's easy. Did you keep up with your exercise routine? Me neither, at least not in it's usual form. But that's ok, now's the time to get back on track.

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Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

December 14, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity  |  Share
Locus of Control: What You Believe About Pain Control Dictates How You Feel

Locust of Control

Are you a control freak? If not, maybe you should be, at least over your pain. Turns out, your belief in your ability to control your own pain has a huge impact on your overall well being. The influence of this belief is so powerful, it can even be seen in your brain's activity in an MRI scanner. How cool is that?! But what if you don't feel like you have any control? You've seen every doctor on the planet and they all say you're crazy. You've done everything they've told you and nothing works. You've resigned yourself because no one can help you. What then?

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Microtia and Facebook: No, They Don’t Have Anything in Common

December 5, 2012  |  Generally Interesting Stuff  |  Share
Microtia and Facebook: No, They Don't Have Anything in Common

Here's a little departure from fibromyalgia. A little story about my little ear. So my right ear is pretty normal but the left went off and got its own drummer. I was born with microtia, a congenital malformation translated as "little ear." I had the typical bout of reconstructive surgeries around age 5 using a silicone implant. It worked for 35 years until it didn't work anymore. Plus, Fibromyalgia Companion has a Facebook page!

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Neuroimaging of Pain: What It Can Tell Us and What It Can’t

November 29, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined  |  Share
Neuroimaging of Pain: What It Can Tell Us and What It Can't

When you are injured or ill, it is not uncommon for your doctor to order an MRI to take a closer look. Perhaps she'll see the extent or exact location of your injured tissues. Or she may identify a tumor or lesion that is causing your symptoms. The pictures have become impressively detailed and dimensional, bordering on art. As a diagnostic tool, neuroimaging has come a long way for so many purposes...except for chronic pain. You knew it was coming.

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Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

November 18, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity, Getting Started  |  Share
Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

I've often yammered about my love of, support for and belief in all things physical activity. The benefits, the reasons...the benefits. I even educated myself in physical activity, I love it that much. I've suggested a few ways to get or keep you motivated. I've also suggested a few types of activities you could try, like Tai Chi or more structured exercise and activities of daily living. Recently, following a great question from one of you fabulous, curious people with fibromyalgia, I thought it high time for a bit of a "how-to" for physical activity. The need for a plan. Enough of this talking around physical activity, how do you actually get it done?

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