Saturday, February 08, 2014

Fibromyalgia: more than just hurting.... 

People with fibromyalgia compare symptoms all the time, and no two of us share all the exact same symptoms. But I always wondered which ones were the most common, something addressed in this poll:

OHSU/NFMCPA Survey of Symptoms Other than Pain for FDA Meeting Part 1

I was truly shocked by the number of people in the poll who cannot work at all. I had always been led to believe it was unusual to be so sick as to be disabled. It's still pretty difficult to be approved for Social Security Disability Insurance, though.

The world is coming around ever so slowly.... 

Thought I'd share something a little more recent. Got this in a newsletter a few days ago:

Fibromyalgia: The Stigma and the Truth

I know the "people with fibromyalgia are lazy" comments still go around, mostly online or in the media because I'm don't see that many people face to face. But I hope we are finally moving in the right direction with proper research getting closer to discovering the cause.

Thursday, February 06, 2014

More good news for celiacs.... 

Have had this sitting on my browser since September. Thought it was important enough to share:

New FDA Gluten-Free Label Rules Include Dietary Supplements

My experience with supplements, at least with the higher quality ones, is that most of them already have gluten information on the label. But it is comforting to know that now it will be required. People with celiac disease, especially those recently diagnosed, often have nutritional deficiencies caused by their ailment, and supplements such as calcium can be essential.

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