Much of the history of chronic fatigue syndrome revolves around the efforts to define it and the debates over what to call it. Other diseases that started out being called by one name were later renamed, either for the sake of medical accuracy or political correctness, but one has to wonder whether any other illness has ever had so many names or so much trouble finding its own identity. In Search of an Identity ME/CFS (myalgic encephalomyelitis / chronic fatigue syndrome) has been called the “Disease of a Thousand Names.” While 1,000 may be a bit of an exaggeration, there are or have been a number of different names used to describe this controversial illness at various times and in various parts of the world, among them: Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Benign Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Epidemic Neuromyasthenia Chronic Epstein-Barr Virus Syndrome Chronic Mononucleosis Syndrome Raphe Nucleus Encephalopathy Low Natural Killer Cell Disease Atypical Poliomyelitis Epidem...
About two months ago, I injured myself during kickboxing. I think I was doing a squat and turned my knee inward.
My knee hurt afterward, but I figured that maybe once I had my next dose of Humira, it would feel better. This was kind of nonsensical because while I’ve had knee pain with my arthritis, it hasn’t been one of the more significant areas of my body impacted by my arthritis.
So I let it go. My Humira dose came and went, and my knee still hurt.
I wasn’t really paying that much attention to the knee pain, but the kicker (no pun intended) was when, in another episode of kickboxing, I did a side plank (if you don’t know what that is, see: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/core-strength/SM00047&slide=12 ), putting all of my weight on my knee, and it completely collapsed.
After a week of the pain getting worse, I went to the doctor, and was told that I had misaligned my kneecap. I was sent to p...
A great gift idea for someone you care about is a journal-a healing journal. Journals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Journals can be personalized and unique. All a journal really requires is a pen to write with, paper as a vehicle, and thoughts. Anyone can keep a journal, old or young. Chronicling ideas, thoughts and happenings is a healthy habit with many uses. Many types of journaling themes exist. Here are a few suggestions that allow the healing journal become the first step on a healing pathway.
Personal Journal: The simplest form of journaling is a place to write down any thoughts that come to mind. Just let your mind go and write in free form. This outlet has no rules or boundaries. This safe place is where you can fully express yourself. Go ahead and doodle if you want to because it is your journal. Open communication is the purest form of therapy.
Food Journal: Keeping a food journal is a way to monitor your eating habits. This place is where you can wri...
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