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Don't judge me but I want to read more Dan Brown

I hereby admit I just read two Dan Brown novels and they satisfied my depressed chronic brain fog reading level perfectly. Badly edited and badly written but enough of a plot and history and conspiracies that it held my attention on days I was bed bound. What other junk food books are in the same style? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jan 22, 2017 - 46 answers

Online Forums / Support Groups for Chronic Illness & Disability?

I have a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) and identify as disabled. I am going through a more-than-usually rough flare, and need to reach out to others who understand the chronic/disability life. Please recommend me online forums, support groups, podcasts, $resources to feel less isolated! [NB List of relevant podcasts inside, for interested parties.] [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jul 15, 2016 - 7 answers

Seattle Doctor for Fibromyalgia

My wife and I are looking for a doctor or clinic in the Seattle area with expertise in diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia. [more inside]
posted by bajema on Feb 9, 2016 - 2 answers

MRI/Spine finding, now what doctor do I talk to?

I am so utterly confused over what to do with my most recent medical news. I had an MRI about a week and a half ago. The results came back to indicate I had a thoracic disc issue. I need to talk to someone about what this means and don't know who. The doctors and assistants are moving along to get me pain relief, but no one is actually telling me what I should expect with the findings and who I even talk to. I feel really lost in the system. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 9, 2015 - 8 answers

learning to eat gluten free when too poor to buy dirt

In the on going saga of me not being able to catch a break I've now been diagnosed with celiac disease. How do I handle the holy trinity of extreme poverty, very little cooking skills, and this latest addition to my health woes? Pity party inside. [more inside]
posted by kanata on May 27, 2015 - 66 answers

Coping with fibromyalgia

I've finally been diagnosed with fibromyalgia after years of struggling with finding a name for my chronic pain/fatigue/body rebellion. My doctor has started me on Cymbalta and I'm looking into getting a referral to a pain clinic but I'm wondering what you would have wanted to know when you were first diagnosed. What words of advice or secret tricks you've discovered that help you manage the pain/fatigue/fog so it doesn't control your entire life? [more inside]
posted by kanata on May 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Help with finding a bra - fibromyalgia, small band, large cup edition.

I have chronic pain, and one way it manifests is rib pain and upper back pain. It occurs regardless of bra wearing status, but bras make it worse. But I can't go without a bra, which is uncomfortable and causes different pain. I think a bra with a really wide band would help, but can't find anything in my size. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Apr 28, 2015 - 30 answers

Fibromyalgia? Chronic Fatigue? Something viral?

YANMD. Early last fall, I had something come on that felt like a cold. Swollen glands, body pain. Fatigue. Maiaise. I had no respiratory symptoms. After six weeks, I thought it might be mono. But three mono tests have come back negative. [more inside]
posted by persona au gratin on Feb 4, 2015 - 13 answers

How can I use genetic data for a real health issue?

I have been suffering from health problems with cumulated in a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Except most doctors I've seen don't think that's what I have, and frankly neither do I. As a long shot, I ordered a 23andme DNA test and ran it through Promethease. How can I use this data to further my quest for a proper diagnosis? Is that even possible? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 13, 2014 - 9 answers

Thyroid Issues, maybe? Where to go when your tests are normal

I've got what looks and feels like textbook hypothyroid. I am having trouble getting an endocrinologist to see me since my test results are in the normal range. Have you dealt with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 8, 2014 - 10 answers

Pain - it got good to me?

I've been in chronic pain--rarely acute, but constant, flitting about different parts of my body--for years: diagnosis: early Fibro. In early spring, I started getting really bad headaches from clenching my teeth. Not the first time I've had the problem, but never before this intense and for this long. Then about a month ago, I developed lower-back/sciatic pain--again, I've had it before, but never so badly or for so long. The two things didn't overlap much, but they sort of drowned out my regular aches and pains. Now my back problem is clearing up, and I find myself in a panic about not being in pain anymore [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 11, 2014 - 2 answers

My hands and wrists hurt. Help?

My hands and my wrists really hurt doing any activity that engages them, I don't see my doctor for until December 29th, and I have things I need to get done involving my hands. Looking for some ideas/short term solutions to keep functioning until I see the doc next in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Dec 12, 2013 - 16 answers

Fibromyalgia... that's a thing? Help me understand.

My wife is in the process of being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and I want to be informed, helpful, and sympathetic. More than that, I'd like to make sure I'm free from any crapulent and wrongheaded misconceptions about it. Can you point me to some resources that could give me a better understanding of fibromyalgia: what it is, how it works, some practical science background, etc.? [more inside]
posted by DirtyOldTown on Sep 12, 2013 - 22 answers

Scritch Scratch

Fibro and itching? I'm itching like crazy lately. Is this also a type of nerve pain? I've ruled out allergies and Benadryl doesn't help. It doesn't seem to be dry skin and lotion doesn't help. No changes in detergent, etc and we use free and clear type stuff anyway. The only thing that helps (kinda) is a hot shower. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Aug 17, 2013 - 15 answers

Pain management program - What is normal?

Are my expectations of my pain management program unrealistic? I feel like my pain doctor is more than happy to leave me in pain for extended periods of time, and I just don't know what is normal in a pain management program. [more inside]
posted by quin on Jun 26, 2013 - 16 answers

Survivor stories - persons living well despite chronic pain.

Encouragement and survivor stories from persons in chronic pain? Symptoms of what may be fibromyalgia and an inability to manage the pain well are depriving my life of beauty, art, and color; I am looking for underdog stories. [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean on Apr 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Um, what are my muscles doing? How can I get them to stop?

YANMD, but can you anecdotally solve/treat my medical mystery? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

When your feet hurt, you hurt all over...

I have fibromyalgia and it makes the bottoms of my feet ache, especially my arches. I'm a teacher, so sitting down is not an option. My feet are bothering me so much that I've almost reached the point where I'd buy these. [more inside]
posted by CdnMathTeacher on Feb 16, 2013 - 16 answers

What was I going to ask?

Tips and tricks for dealing with fibro fog. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Oct 12, 2012 - 11 answers

Will the nausea go away?

I was prescribed 5mg Adderall twice daily, and the nausea is killing me. Will this go away? [more inside]
posted by hotelechozulu on Sep 18, 2012 - 8 answers

How to avoid weight gain on Lyrica?

How to avoid weight gain on Lyrica? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Sep 5, 2012 - 4 answers

Beauty products, tips and tricks for the perpetually fatigued?

I want to hear about all your amazing beauty products, tips and tricks that camouflage or minimise the appearance of fatigue in the wearer's/user's face. Help a sufferer of a chronic condition avoid questions about tiredness when they're so tired they already want to lie down under the table! [more inside]
posted by thetarium on Jun 30, 2012 - 37 answers

Am I just lazy?

Luxury or necessity? For a person with fibromyalgia how do you feel about a cleaning lady. [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Jan 23, 2012 - 36 answers

Recommendations for Kaiser primary care doctor experienced and sympathetic to disability from fibromyalgia?

Can you recommend a Kaiser (Northern California) primary care doctor experienced with and sympathetic to disability from fibromyalgia? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 1 answer

What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

You have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a general practitioner, rheumatologist or equivalent. What do you wish that someone had told you soon after you were diagnosed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2010 - 10 answers

Fibromyalgia Help

I have recently been diagnosed with fibromyalgia by a pain doc and then a rheumatologist as a second opinion. The kicker is that I do not think that I have fibro. I have visited all sorts of message boards and my symptoms do not seem to match up with the experiences of others w/ fibro. My rheumatologist is open to other diagnoses and hasn't pigeon holed me yet but cannot suggest another possibility. [more inside]
posted by futz on Aug 23, 2010 - 20 answers

pain pains

How can I learn to deal better with my girlfriend's chronic pain? Or should I? Lots of details inside. [more inside]
posted by whalebreath on May 31, 2010 - 24 answers

Mystery Disease

What Is WRONG with me, for God's sake? Last Wednesday night I was struck with a stiff neck, and really swollen knee joints. By end of work Thursday (driving 300 miles) I was wholly incapacitated with a low grade fever, upper back pain and lumpy knees. Now, much of this is not new, as I already have blood cancer and fibromyalgia, but this is way beyond the scope of these diseases. (I am immunologically compromised) [more inside]
posted by ~Sushma~ on May 14, 2010 - 16 answers

Can I play the ukulele without using codeine?

Ukulele players: Is this a more finger-friendly instrument than the guitar? [more inside]
posted by bryon on Jan 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Working/Going to School with Fibro: What works?

I have fibromyalgia. Help me figure out how to be a better student/employee. What accommodations/techniques work for you? I have doctors, so more looking for 'this worked for me/my mom/my friend' than anything medical. [more inside]
posted by eleanna on Oct 21, 2009 - 8 answers

Helful tools for sewers and crafters with chronic pain?

My mother-in-law loves to sew and knit, but fibromyalgia is slowing her down. Can you recommend any tools or gadgets that might help her? [more inside]
posted by palmcorder_yajna on Dec 9, 2008 - 17 answers

How do I cope with someone else's chronic disease (espeically when they aren't taking steps to manage it)?

My mom has fibromyalgia. She cries a lot - she's obviously in great pain. However, if it doesn't involve taking a pill, she's not interested in any methods of alleviating the problem. She will not make lifestyle changes in food, exercise, etc. Even if it IS taking a pill, she's mostly not interested in methods of alleviating the problem unless they work instantaneously and with great efficacy. Which, with fibro, is pretty rare. I don't need to find out how to help her, because I've done the research, found her multiple specialists, and none of it has helped. I need to help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2007 - 24 answers

How can I travel with minimal crippling?

I need to be able to travel without waddling/limping or taking mega-doses of ibuprofen... [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Jul 1, 2007 - 6 answers

Ways of coping with fibromyalgia?

My wife's been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Other than prescribed medication (pain pills, sleeping aids, etc) what else is worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by Atom12 on Dec 20, 2006 - 21 answers

Fibromyalgia specialist in Colorado?

Fibromyalgia specialists in the Colorado area? [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Nov 29, 2006 - 4 answers

How can I get my mom to start smoking pot?

How can I get my mom to start smoking pot?

A few years ago my mother was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a chronic and very painful disease. I've thought a number of times that marijuana would be able to help soothe her muscle pain. After researching it, I found a lot of people with fibro do smoke and it helps tremendously. She's rather religious and not really open to new ideas. She's very into herbal solutions, but I know she'd turn down this particular herbal solution because of the hype of anti-drug commercials and its legal status in the US. Is there any way I can approach the subject which may convince her to at least try it? I want my mom to feel somewhat normal again and I believe this may be able to positively change her life.
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2004 - 20 answers

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