Fibromyalgia: 10 Tips to Help You Cope

Though classified as a disorder of the musculoskeletal system, the condition is now seen as a central nervous system problem. Symptoms include increased sensitivity to pain, achy and stiff joints, fatigue, and specific tender points on the back, chest, arms, and legs. Migraines, sleep disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome are also common complaints.  According to … Read more

7 Steps to Maintaining Healthy Relationships When You Are in Pain

It might be helpful to reflect on how pain can impact relationships, both within families and among friends. Unfortunately pain can lead to stress. Stress can compromise relationships. Strained relationships lead to more stress. When the constant stress of pain invades interpersonal relationships, the results can cause divorce, loss of self-esteem, lack of sexual intimacy, … Read more

Paula Abdul Cover Story: Straight Up on RSD

Paula Abdul Cover Story: Straight Up on RSD

Grammy award-winning singer, performer and television star Paula Abdul has lived with chronic pain since she was injured as a cheerleader at 17, but it was not until November 2004 that she was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a sympathetic nervous system disorder. Abdul, a former American Idol judge, shares how she manages … Read more

Anger, Pain & Relationships

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Living with chronic pain can be very frustrating. Not surprisingly, people with chronic pain tend to report greater levels of anger than those without pain. Expressions of anger differ, with some people being more likely to suppress and hide it, turning it inward on themselves, and others turning it outward, letting it explode.  Still others struggle to be someplace … Read more