General Nutrition for those with Chronic Illnesses

Peer Health can connect you with a personalized peer community to share provider recommendations, treatment options, and define your best life. Sign up for our beta and newsletter today. Now, there are no such things as the perfect diet for every person with a chronic illness. Anyone suffering from multiple conditions that affect how, when…

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…

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…

Living with Osteoarthritis: Life Changes and the Importance of a Support Group

Most of us have probably heard about arthritis before and know what it’s all about. Although there are numerous types of arthritis, there is one that currently affects approximately 27 million Americans. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that affects the joints and is the most chronic disease of the joints. It mainly affects the knee,…

My Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Part 2

Bringing a new perspective to Peer Health, Sabriyah Shahbandy has shared with us her experience with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Her pervious post, My Life with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Part 1, gave some background to herself and the condition. Today, she shares what it truly means to live with Ehlers-Danlos. Today, I’m 20 years old and EDS pretty much runs my…

A Patient Journey, Part 1

Madeleine Boyson is currently on a second hiatus from pursuing a degree in history in an effort to better treat her Lyme disease. Her time away from school has led her to seek out a healthcare community on social media. After noting the positive health benefits of social media in a TEDx talk, Madeleine joined…

The Link Between Smog & Blood Sugar Disorders

If you’ve ever visited Los Angeles, then you’ve probably been introduced to the infamous fog.  Beginning in the 1950’s and 60’s Los Angeles residents have breathed some of the dirtiest air in the world. Change finally began to occur when the Clean Air Act of the 1970’s was enacted, but Los Angeles still has some…

Why We Can’t Have an Anti-Vaccine Administration

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. recently announced that Trump had asked him to chair a commission on vaccine safety and scientific integrity to “make sure we have scientific integrity in the vaccine process for efficacy and safety.”1 This is highly concerning because RFK Jr. has a known history of spreading the dangerous and widely discredited link…

7 Triglyceride Lowering Foods

When it comes to combatting high triglyceride levels, switching to a healthy diet is the first and the best course of action. Essential to your body’s functionality, triglycerides are stored in your fat cells and later released for energy in between meals. However, having elevated triglyceride levels can lead to hardening of the arteries or…