Keeping Anxiety at Bay during Halloween

Plenty of research has shown us how common anxiety and depression are for those who suffer from chronic illnesses. Add on to that the fact that anxiety disorders themselves can be crippling long-term. While many people with conditions like Lyme disease and type 2 diabetes are afraid of being left out of the holiday season,…

October Halloween Treats (for those with Type 2 Diabetes)

If you’ve been living with type 2 diabetes for any length of time, you’ve likely been told to watch your sugar intake. Even outside of any research into the relationship between added sugars and long-term health conditions, Americans regularly go over the recommended 36 grams for men and 25 grams for women according to World…

Tips for Managing Knee Pain

Whether you’re suffering from an injury or are simply genetically predisposed to joint issues, there are a number of ways to manage knee pain. There are often many different goals with joint rehabilitation, but the path to get there is often quite similar. Runners hope to finish their perfect marathon, grandparents want to play with…

How Osteoarthritis Can Affect your Social Life

If you suffer from osteoarthritis, you’re likely familiar with the many ways it interrupts your physical day to day life. What you may still be learning, however, is how these changes affect your emotional health and relationships. According to research done by Aurora Sherman at Wake Forest University’s School of Medicine, the effects of chronic…

Post Shoulder Surgery Meals

If you’ve recently undergone shoulder surgery, you’re likely tired of hearing about all the things you can’t do right now. No heavy lifting. Probably no driving. Watch your range of motion. Keep that arm in the sling and don’t wave it about. Alright, so these all make sense, of course. But you still have to…

Best & Worst Foods if you have Fibromyalgia

It’s a frustrating fact of life for people who suffer from fibromyalgia, but this health condition rarely comes without some less-than-welcome companions. One of the more common ones is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS for short — which nearly half of fibromyalgia patients suffer from. Just because it’s a common problem doesn’t mean that it’s…

Do’s & Don’ts of Exercise After Elbow Replacement Surgery

Whether due to an acute injury or as a potential solution to severe arthritis or other chronic pain conditions, elbow replacement therapy certainly comes with quite a few tips during recovery. Similar to a knee or a hip replacement, a surgeon has gone in and created an artificial joint to replace painful or non-functional ones….

Emotional Impact of Chronic Illnesses

We often think of going to the doctor as a way to solve our problems. We describe our symptoms, we get a test, we take a pill, we get better. For those struggling with chronic illness, a visit to the doctor is the start of a long-term relationship — one with many ups and downs…

What to Do When You’ve Been Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia?

If you’ve been officially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, chances are that you’ve struggled to get that diagnosis for years. In fact, the average length of time for sufferers of this condition to be recognized by medical professionals is 3-5 years. With all that work done and out of the way, it can feel like a triumph…

Living with Osteoarthritis after Failed Treatments

With all the advances in medical science the past few decades, there are so many options when it comes to treating chronic illnesses. There’s often a wide range of treatments for patients, with varying levels of side effects and invasiveness. Osteoarthritis is one of these conditions where the average sufferer may spend years exploring treatment…