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…

Pain Management after Shoulder Replacement

* Snap! Crackle! Pop! * There are a handful of reasons to undergo a total shoulder replacement (TSA). No matter what, everyone wants a quick and comfortable recovery. Luckily, TSA is one of the most common joint replacement surgeries in the United States. Even though it is a common procedure you may have many questions…

Traveling with a Chronic Illness

Whether you’ve struggled with a chronic illness your entire life or it’s a newer condition, you may already know how difficult it can be to enjoy travel. From seating on planes, trains, and buses designed for a special kind of torture to beds made out of granite, it can sometimes feel like the experience may not be worth…

4 Surprising Facts about Lupus

With about 1.5 million people living with lupus in the US, this chronic disease might not be on your radar. The average American may be more likely to see it on a medical TV show rather than know a person with lupus. In fact, nearly 75 percent of Americans surveyed were unaware of what lupus…