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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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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Resources

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Whether you refer to it as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome (CFIDS), or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.), the name alone cannot convey the devastation brought about by having to cope with this condition. The “fatigue” in the name refers to much more than just being tired. Those who suffer from this condition experience a fatiguing condition similar to how one feels when you have the flu. Only with the flu, you eventually get better. Imagine dealing with those muscle aches, the weakness, headaches, and other symptoms on a daily basis and you know how someone with CFS feels on a good day.

For more information, see: What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Or refer to this information:

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Coping Skills: Special Diets

Diets Streamlined for Those with Disabling Chronic Conditions

(Revised) There are lots of diet plans to choose from. Each has its own claims to fame — or at least its promise of a more healthful eating lifestyle. Part of the problems with those diagnosed with syndromes and conditions like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Fibromyalgia (FM) is that not everybody experiences exactly the same symptoms. For example, some with Fibromyalgia have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS); others do not. Therefore, the same as not every treatment plan works for everyone diagnosed with CFS or FM, there isn’t a “one size fits all” eating regimen either. Many find they must match their diet with their (for lack of a better word) form of their disease, syndrome, or condition.

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Newsletters

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When confronted with a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, CFIDS, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) diagnosis, it helps to keep abreast of the latest treatments and information. This is especially important because your family and friends may be having difficulty understanding the changes in you — especially when you don’t understand those changes yourself.

These sites have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome support newsletters:

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10 natural remedies that can save your life
10 Natural Remedies That Can Save Your Life

by James F. Balch (Doubleday, April 1999)


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Time Management for Those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, & Other Disabling Conditions

by Pamela Rice Hahn

How do you manage your time when your body seems to be sabotaging your every effort to do so?

Anyone who copes with the turmoil caused by Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or another disabling conditions for which one of the primary symptoms is devastating fatigue knows how difficult it is to plan your time. It’s true: Nobody seems to have enough time at his or her disposal. But most people can predict with a degree of certainty how they’ll feel from one minute to the next. Predictability is a key to optimal time management. That’s the stuff of which time studies are made — or broken.
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by Shelly Burke

Our society as a whole is very goal-oriented, and when you have a chronic illness like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or Fibromyalgia you may feel discouraged when you can’t accomplish as much as “everyone else” does. Setting goals gives you a way to work toward and measure your accomplishments.

To be effective, goals must be:

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What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Defining Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia — which is also sometimes referred to as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Fibromyositis, Fibrositis, or Myofascial pain syndrome — is a chronic disorder characterized by tenderness in localized areas of the neck, spine, shoulders, and hips sometimes referred to as tender points or pressure points.

What are some of the other symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia?

In addition to the tender points, Fibromyalgia is also associated with other body disturbances, including:
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by Pamela Rice Hahn

(Written in 2005)

I took the Terry Schiavo issue very personally.

I’m of the opinion that once a judge sentences somebody with one disability to die an agonizing death from starvation and dehydration, it’s just a matter of time before that bar is lowered to include another disability and then another….

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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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