Several of you have written to me asking me to share more about myself, so here is my personal story. Following the narrative, I'll answer a few of your most frequently asked questions. Health History Twenty years ago, I was a busy and ambitious lady. I worked an average of 60 hours a week as Assistant Director of a statewide nonprofit serving developmentally disabled individuals. On top of that, I went to school part-time, taught aerobics, and did choreography and costuming for our local theater group – all while raising three teenagers by myself. There was so much I wanted to accomplish in life. Then, at the age of 40, I came down with mononucleosis and never completely recovered. I was always exhausted and had periodic, unexplainable pain. Although one doctor speculated that I might have something called chronic fatigue syndrome, most insisted my problem was a combination of stress and “getting older.” One by one, I b...
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Healthcare is no game, although sometimes it feels like a big joke. With a million forms to fill out at the door and a five minute appointment with a healthcare provider (not necessarily a doctor), many consumers are left in the dark with no answers. Where is the information? Where is the education? Where is the "health" in healthcare? The answer to these questions eludes even the most astute consumer while the bottom-line watchers and ulitilization reviewers absolutely ruin the system. So, here is a pop quiz for you:
1. Where can patients, family-members, and health professionals connect?
2. Where does a vast amount of information about health exist?
3. Where can someone turn to for support?
4. Where can one get health questions answered?
5. What is going to put the "health" back into healthcare?
If you answered HealthCentral.com to all of these questions, you are absolutely correct. Now, maybe I am sounding a bit like a commercial. So to make my ...
The inability to get a good night's sleep and awaken feeling refreshed is a common problem for people with fibromyalgia. The question is – are the sleep problems a result of having fibromyalgia or is fibromyalgia the result of having problems sleeping. It's basically a chicken and egg kind of question. Based on their study reported in the November issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism , researchers at Norwegian University of Science and Technology believe that, at the very least, sleep problems can increase a person's risk of developing FM. Study Design and Results The longitudinal study included 12,350 women who were free of fibromyalgia , musculoskeletal pain, and physical impairments at baseline in 1984 to 1986. The researchers followed up with the women 10 years later in 1995 to 1997. At that time, 327 of them had developed FM. The researchers found that the relative risk of developing FM tripled for women between the ages of ...
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