Saturday, November 20, 2010
Good Reads: The Fibromyalgia News Edition
Welcome to a fibromyalgia news edition of Good Reads. I've found these articles through my friends on Twitter, who are a good source of ideas, suggestions and links to great information about all aspects of fibromyalgia. Let me highlight five really good articles I came across in the past week alone...
Your Best Night's Sleep
First up is the Fibroblog, published by the National Fibromyalgia Association. Their latest post, Your Best Night's Sleep, is an all-inclusive list of strategies and tactics to following to get a good night's sleep. A lot of these are tactics I already use, but I did learn some new things, like the trick that involves your right side.
(P.S. Scroll down to read another great post there about Cures for the Housekeeping Blues.)
Seven Strategies for Managing That "Fibro Guilt"
Dr. Bruce Campbell, the founder of the online CFIDS and Fibromyalgia Self-Help, knows that people living with fibromyalgia often feel guilty about many different things: for not being the spouse or parent they wish they could be, for not being able to contribute as much to the household financially or physically, or for sometimes blaming themselves for getting sick. The website ProHealth reprinted his article on the topic of "fibro guilt" and it contains a lot of good advice and even step-by-step instructions for implementing it.
Did I mention that am a graduate of the online CFIDS and Fibromyalgia Self-Help program?
How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck at Your Next Doctor's Visit
So the title of this article drew me in and the information in the post made me glad I clicked to read it. Dr. Stephen Meyers of the Med Savings Blog is on a quest to help us save money on medical care and in this post he teaches us how to prepare for medical appointments using his SMART preparation method. These are great ideas that I am going to print out and keep in my medical folder so I can review them every time I get ready for a medical appointment.
I'm not sure how I missed this gem at the Fibromyalgia Network website, but I am glad a friend of mine tweeted this link. Here is another helpful and comprehensive list of ideas to make life with fibromyalgia easier from this website. It's amazing how I discovered a lot of these things on my own though trial-and-error over the years. It would have been nice to know about this list beforehand, so I am sharing it here so you can skip ahead of the class.
Medication For Pain Series 2010: Medication Advances
My final recommendation comes from the How To Cope With Pain blog. They are embarking on a series of posts about advances in pain medication and I began by reading the first post. Topics will include: improved medication delivery systems, using existing medications more safely and the role genetics can play in selecting the right medications for you.
Those are my pick for this edition of Good Reads. Enjoy these posts and let me know if you found them helpful. Don't forget when you visit these blogs to leave some comment love along the way too.
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