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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: www.JanelleMerazHooper.com. 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: JanelleMHooper@comcast.net.

Chronic-Illness.org invites you to read about Janelle Meraz Hooper’s systemic lupus and arthritis experience:

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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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Many who cope with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and other chronic illnesses must also deal with sleep disturbances. Getting enough rest is essential to good health and well-being, so many must rely on sleep medications.

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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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In March 2000, the ABC show 20/20 had a segment about treatment for a condition that was showing promise for many diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and/or Fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the ABC site no longer has the article about that segment online; however, now you can find an article about that information on the American College of Rheumatology site: A Surgical Cure for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue? Reaction to an ABC News 20/20 Report.

In addition, this is some of the revised information online about Chiari syndrome and/or cervical spinal stenosis:

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

Personal Stories & Reports (revised)

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Whether you refer to it as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Chronic Fatigue Immune and 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?

One of the most difficult things to deal with when confronted with a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) diagnosis is finding the support you need. This is especially difficult because your family and friends may be having difficulty understanding the changes in you — especially when you don’t understand those changes yourself.

Articles & Resources

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, CFIDS), Fibromyalgia (FM, FMS), and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)  Support Groups in the United States of America (USA):

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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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