Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia Recognize the Need for Easier Path to Diagnosis and Management

July 29, 2013  |  Fibromyalgia Defined, Treatment  |  Share
Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia Recognize the Need for Easier Path to Diagnosis and Management

Our friends from McGill University came out with a whole new plan for managing fibromyalgia recently in their 2012 Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia. The content is nothing earth shattering or particularly new, really, they discuss the usual diagnostic issues and the typical treatment strategies, and they're not even particularly succinct at fully 46 recommendations. So why are these guidelines so intriguing?

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Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Happy Spring! Meteorologically speaking, we are fully 5 days into it! Even Punxsutawney Phil called it early this year so that's good enough for me. I don't know what all that white stuff is outside some of your windows, but I've got roses in my glasses and cherry blossoms in my heart. I'm also going to talk about fibro flares today so I figured a little overkill with the opening cheer wouldn't hurt.

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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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