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Before becoming disabled due to chronic pain, Jodi Cornelius was a bango-pickin’, backpackin’, tech editing, hard working dynamo. Read how her life has changed.

My Life As A Chronic Pain Sufferer

by Jodi Cornelius

Imagine, waking up one morning and discovering that your life has been slowly changing – and not for the better. Imagine what started out as an innocuous minor pain turned into a pain that keeps you from performing your everyday life without taking pain meds and muscle relaxers, anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications. Doctors shuffle you from one specialist to another because the neurologists say it’s orthopedic in nature yet the orthopedists say it’s neurological in nature. Here is my story…

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Janelle Meraz Hooper is an award-winning independent author with five books published in the novel, romance, and short story genres. She is from Oklahoma but now lives in Washington State. Her website is: You can also read her short stories, essays, and other writings at The Blue Rose Bouquet. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at: invites you to read about Janelle Meraz Hooper’s systemic lupus and arthritis experience:

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Fibromyalgia is a PainJulie Wendell lives with her 2 sons in Naples, FL.  She is an office manager/dispatcher for an A/C company.  Her ultimate goal is to be an advocate for Fibromyalgia and Celiac Disease awareness.

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Arthritis Symptoms, Information, and Resources

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According to information on, Arthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an estimated 70 million people) is affected by one of the more than 100 types of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over 100 types of arthritis and rheumatic diseases including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. lists osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis as the two of the most common forms.

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Fibromyalgia Information

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Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by:

  • musculoskeletal pain
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • tenderness in localized areas of the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips sometimes referred to as tender points or pressure points
  • muscle spasms
  • sleep disturbances
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • and other body disturbances.

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For more information on Fibromyalgia, read: What is Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS)?

For additional Fibromyalgia Information and Resources, see:

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Diabetes is the name of a 3 metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar –  either because the body does not produce enough insulin or because the diabetic’s body does not respond to the insulin that is produced. This results in high blood sugar, which produces the classic diabetes symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst), and polyphagia (increased hunger).

Advice for anyone coping with diabetes is that:

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Herbs and Holistic Medicine

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For many who cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFIDS, CFS), Fibromyalgia, Environmental Illness or Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), and other chronic conditions and illnesses, finding the proper treatment protocol isn’t easy. This is especially true for those whose allergies and sensitivities make it difficult to tolerate some medications. Oftentimes, supplements, vitamins, and alternative treatments can help.

What follows is an archive of articles and herbs and holistic medicine sites:

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Mind and Body

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Meditation and Pain Management Techniques Can Provide Pain Relief

Meditation, in its simplest form, is simply a way of calming your inner mind and bringing it into balance with your body. This balance can let your body ease its way into providing you with relief from the pain associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other disabling conditions.

Additional information on Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, Mind and Body Medicine, Supplements and Vitamins, and Water Purifiers:

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In addition to the chronic illness- and chronic condition-related articles, information, and t-shirt and gift idea designs on this site, is also the home of the Chronic Illness Realities comic strips.

pammy the pencil a character in the Writing Woes comic strip and the Chronic Illness Realities Comic StripPammy is the main character in two comic strips by Pamela Rice Hahn, the first of which is the Writing Woes comic strip. Pammy is a writer who is also disabled because of chronic illness and chronic conditions, so she also appears in the Chronic Illness Realities comic strip.

 The Everything Low-Salt Cookbook Book: 300 Flavorful Recipes to Help Reduce Your Sodium Intake by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Creative and Healthy Recipes That Put the Fun Back into Cooking by Pamela Rice Hahn
 The Everything One Pot Cookbook: Delicious and simple meals that you can prepare in just one dish; Burst: 300 all-new recipes! 2nd edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
The Everything Improve Your Writing Book 2nd Edition by Pamela Rice Hahn
Alpha Teach Yourself Grammar and Style in 24 Hours  by Pamela Rice Hahn and Ph.D. Dennis E. Hensley

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