Is It Fibromyalgia? How Can I know? Anyone with fibromyalgia knows ever-too-well that there’s no simple blood test, CT, MRI or x-ray to tell you if fibromyalgia is the cause of your pain. What they can tell you is that it is often called fibromyalgia syndrome, ‘fibrositis’ or ‘psychsomatic rheumatism’, and ‘neurasthenia ‘ The term fibromyalgia was originally coined as a syndrome when there were unexplained aches and pains, numbness and tingling, fatigue, headaches and any other bothersome symptoms which had no explainable cause. The symptom many find the hardest to deal with is often called ‘fibro-fog’ characterized by a … Continue reading

Phantom Limb Pain?

It’s not fair. Charlene lived through the car crash, but her left leg was so crushed with broken bones and bruises that amputation was the only option. After a lot of rehab, drive, true grit and support, she is now back to her favorite sport of running. When she wears slacks, you wouldn’t know that she is missing a leg! One Saturday eve, the two of you are at a party, and, “ow,” “ouch,” “my left leg!”  The sounds came from your right, but Charlene is the only person on your right;  grimacing, and clearly the utterer! But, how could … Continue reading Phantom Limb Pain?

Memories of Lupus VIP Lab Tour

What Memories! Last March several bloggers and I toured Exagen® Diagnostic VIP Laboratory Tour in Vista, California. Our stay was very brief, but the wonderful memories… This picture reminded me of that past. I think what prompted my reverie was a photo of Shanelle Gabriel as she finished a marathon. Or was it the picture of Cindy Coney who tours the country speaking on behalf of lupus sufferers or Sara Gorman who partners with Lupus Foundation of UK and owns the ‘Despite Lupus’ blog? Or was it Flow, the owner of ‘The Life of a 30-something with lupus.’ Who among … Continue reading Memories of Lupus VIP Lab Tour

Benefits of Avocado!

Author: This guest post is by Emily Pham, a blogger with many years of experience in searching the best natural & effective remedies for health and beauty issues. All content provided is for informational and educational purposes. We recommend you consult a healthcare professional to determine which method is appropriate for you.   Health Benefits Of Avocado Well-known for health and beauty benefits;  avocado is a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals.  1. Vision Avocado is rich in carotenoids which help eyesight. Carotenoids reach the macula of our eye and light focuses on the macula so we can see. 2. … Continue reading Benefits of Avocado!

Nurses Need Care, Too

When my leg gave way, the natural reflex kicked in: I held out my hands to break the fall and my wrists took the brunt. OUCH, big ‘owie! ‘ Much to my dismay, I’ll be in the cast for @ 10 weeks, but, I manage with the ‘pick and peck’ method of typing. Slow, slower, slowest! With that, a little ‘primer’ on bones. Held together by strong ligaments and tendons, bones form our skeleton. Bones are living tissue, made of collagen and calcium. Collagen is the protein in bones and calcium in bones provides the hardness and strength of bones. … Continue reading Nurses Need Care, Too