It’s time for the first bunch of articles I’ve collected to share. I always pick about 3 or 4 articles about conditions/illnesses that have chronic pain as a component. I also like to provide links to great blog posts about coping with pain and learning to overcome it.
Let’s get started! Just click on the title of the article you want to read below. This week we are focusing on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Knee Osteoarthritis, and helping those with Chronic Illness relate to those who are healthy.
WARNING: My goal is to provide the most up-to-date news I can, which you can then take to your personal doctor and debate the merits of before you try it. I do not endorse any of the docs, treatments, info, meds, or whatever! in anything I send, nor can I guarantee that they are all true, especially not for everyone. I always try to include the citation, source, or website whenever possible so you know where it came from. As is the case with ANY health info, always get your doctor's opinion first!
*CHRONIC ILLNESS AND RELATIONSHIPS
I must draw attention to the very first link in my Recommended Websites list. “The Spoon Theory” is one of the best pieces I’ve ever read on how to explain what it’s like to be chronically ill to a person who is healthy. Having a better understanding can strengthen a relationship. It’s a total must-read and is available in several other languages.
*CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
“Scientists have discovered proteins in spinal fluid that can distinguish people with two mysterious illnesses that mimic each other — chronic fatigue syndrome and a kind of chronic Lyme disease...”
Therapy, Exercise Help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Study Shows Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exercise Are Safe Ways to Treat CFS Symptoms
Knee Replacement Patients Thrive, Study Says 20-Year Follow-up Finds Most Patients Active Into Later Years
“Significantly fewer prosthetic joint infections as well as other revision knee operation complications occurred within one year after surgery if a person gets both knees replaced at the same time instead of stretching out the operations over time...”