The Gorgeous Way One Woman Is Making Her Migraine Pain Visible

Anna Cowley-Ford has always gotten migraines, ever since she was a little girl. But a month before she turned 20, the migraines began spiraling out of control, to the point where she was getting one every day. Along with her pain came doubt — from friends who thought she was making it up to professors at Grinnell…

To the Husband Googling ‘My Wife Has Lyme Disease.

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month! As I sit here reflecting about my wife/baby mama/BFF/personal goddess and all that has come to pass, I can’t help but be proud of who she is and what she does. I don’t give her the credit she deserves. Shame on me for that. It seems like the extra…

Working Full-Time Despite Chronic Illness Does Not Mean I’m ‘OK’

How many of us who live with a chronic illness still have to work full-time? Whether because we don’t qualify for disability benefits or we simply need the money, many of us still have to drag ourselves through a 9:00 to 5:00 day, dealing with the stresses of having a job on top of our chronic illness. When you’re caught in…

Family to move to Netherlands so son, 5, can get cannabis treatment for epilepsy

A boy who can have hundreds of seizures a day because of his rare form of epilepsy is moving to the Netherlands for cannabis treatment. Alfie Dingley, five, is one of five boys in the world with the epilepsy and his parents are desperate to treat his hard-to-control seizures. His parents, Hannah and Drew, believe…

Yolanda Hadid’s battle to beat Lyme disease, and haters

If seeing is believing, where does that leave people whose pain is imperceptible? In Believe Me: My Battle with the Invisible Disability of Lyme Disease (St. Martin’s Press), Yolanda Hadid, the former model and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, lays bare an illness that razes her insides and leaves little trace in the wake of its destruction. Woven…

How to reconcile fibromyalgia with work?

In France, fibromyalgia affects 2 to 3 million people. Pain, exhaustion, gastrointestinal problems, cognitive impairment … When the disease sets in, it is the whole life of the patient that is upset. How to continue working when you are fibromyalgic? Are there suitable solutions? We take stock with Ghyslaine Baron, vice-president of the Fibromyalgia SOS association. What is Fibromyalgia?…

IS THE FEAR OF GERMS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH?

Germs are everywhere – lurking on door knobs, hiding on cell phones, even hanging out on and inside your body. We all want to stay clear of the germs that can make us sick – think about how you stayed clear of your co-worker when he had a cold – but for some people, the…

Marijuana Gum For Fibromyalgia Pain Relief: would you try this?

Any individual who knows somebody who experiences fibromyalgia or who suffers from it themselves knows how inconceivably excruciating and persistent this malady can be. Gratefully, as more individuals wind up plainly mindful of this sickness, more research endeavors are being redirected into discovering a compelling treatment or cure. The latest of these revelations uncovers that…

‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds

A handheld device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published in Science Translational Medicine, suggest the…