Update on A.J. Langer

Please join us in looking back to one of the NFA’s first Pioneers: A.J. Langer

Sixteen years ago, actress A.J. Langer appeared on the cover of the inaugural issue of Fibromyalgia AWARE. Since then, her life has undergone many changes—professionally, personally, and, of course, health-wise.

When the National Fibromyalgia Association first met A.J., she was struggling to balance the personal and professional sides of her life. Her FM symptoms were peaking, and she didn’t know where to turn for help. ...

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Redheads and Pain

by Diane McKay,

I was only recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but right away I realized there seemed to be a disproportionate number of redheads featured in fibromyalgia articles and films, which triggered me to remember and consider what I had heard about redheads feeling pain more acutely than others. Could there be a corollary? Namely,

If redheads truly are hypersensitive to pain, could it render them more susceptible ...

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Go Back to School with these Fibro-Friendly Tips

By Elizabeth Mesic

It’s that time of year. The weather is cooling, the leaves are changing, and the chaos of fall is starting back up again. It’s time for students, teachers, and, by extension, parents, to go back to school. And while a new school year is exciting, for those with fibromyalgia and other chronic health conditions, this hectic change can easily result in a combination of stress, flares, and fatigue. So how do we prepare ourselves for ...

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Tired of Popping Pills for Pain?

By Roberta Fernandez, BCH, CI, CPHI

Pain. Just the word itself hurts—and causes major stress.
The sciatica shooting sharply down your leg.
The agonizing contractions of childbirth.
The constant aching and throbbing of that migraine.
The constant pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia.

Drugs for that pain: Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet. For a few weeks, a few months, years.

What if you could feel pain differently?
What if you could turn down the volume—or not feel pain at all?

I am a Board-Certified Hypnotist ...

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Thrive this Summer with these Great Tips from Fibro Bloggers

By Donna Gregory Burch

Ah summer! For many people, it’s time for cool dips in the pool, burgers on the grill and long walks on the beach.

But for those of us with fibromyalgia, the summer heat and humidity can cause our symptoms to flare and worsen.

Since so many of us struggle during the summer months, I decided to reach out to some of my fellow fibromyalgia bloggers and ask for their best tips for managing the challenges that ...

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10 Tips for Support Groups from the Retired President of the Fibromyalgia Association of Houston

Interview with Mary Harper by Elizabeth Mesic

Running a successful support group is no easy task, which is why we have contacted Mary P. Harper, the retiring president of the Fibromyalgia Association of Houston Inc., a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization. For 16 years she worked with her board to run this support group and she has given us a few tips for local support groups.

First, we acknowledge that not all support groups are the same.

1) Define what your ...

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Do You Feel Like a “Health Hostage”™ Kidnapped by the “Chronic Illness Thief?”™

By Nancy Gordon, LCSW

Imprisoned in my body—that is exactly how I felt for too many years after a car accident. As I struggled with the shattering impact of fibromyalgia and a mild traumatic brain injury, I dubbed myself a “Health Hostage.”

My pain-filled days—and my sleepless nights—were consumed with the management of my physical symptoms.  At times, I felt I had no life—and the life I had hardly felt like living.

I know what it is like to descend ...

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Think Your Doctor Ruled Out Lyme Disease? Probably Not!

Think Your Doctor Ruled Out Lyme Disease? Probably Not!

By Donna Gregory Burch

If your doctor did a thorough job, he or she probably tested you for Lyme disease before finally diagnosing you with fibromyalgia. You likely received a negative test result and thought that you’d ruled out Lyme as a possible cause for ...

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