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Five Common "No No's" for People with Fibromyalgia

There are common mistakes that many of us make in our lifestyles. But some can be particularly problematic in those with fibromyalgia. Do any of these sound like you? Read More

So what level of exercise is right?

"So what level of exercise is right?" I really think this statement is the moist important aspect of this blog. We often hear from patients that the know they should be exercising, they're just not sure how much is too much, and what isn't enough. There is a "happy-medium" in there someplace, but it's always best to work with your physical therapist or pain management physician to find that "happy place." Thx! (


I was diagnosed with fibro back in 2001. It came and went for several years. I had always been a very sleepy person, several movies I've never seen, lol. Diagnosed with Narcolepsy in 2006. It seems I wake up over 16 times an hour, so now I take medicine to help me sleep, which improves both problems.
I saw a rheumatologist last year who explained that disrupting sleep over and over can cause fibro. which explains why so many people at "Talk about sleep" online have fibro and narcolepsy both.
My Doctors all want me to exercise, even if just a walk four blocks to the park. I have this wall i hit. Last summer I started out walking slowly 3 blocks, then back home. I was going to add another block each week through the summer. At the end of the summer? I was walking 3 blocks. I was exhausted every evening when i got home. There is that invisible wall that i cannot get past. So my doctor recommended swimming. I used to love to swim. I bought a swimsuit. that's it. Getting the energy and ready to go, while trying to work 24 hours a week is exhausting. I work as a nurse 2 twelve hour shifts, which I was about ready to apply for SSD before I got started on Xyrem, which is my wonder drug. I'm not 100% but i can work 24 hours a week, get on my riding mower each week, keep my house clean. and walk three blocks. Thanks for the article.

Your SHINE Protocol for Fibromyalgia pain and recommendations for sleep.

The information you have offered for treating insomnia and sleep deprivation in people with fibromyalgia is excellent and so appreciated, as I have not seen these herbal formulas for this condition detailed out before. Thank you.
Also the SHINE Protocol addresses the major concerns. However, I find it difficult to offer to people with fibromyalgia symptoms whose pain is sufficiently severe as to render them very dysfunctional. Do you have any further approaches for more immediate natural relief for these folks? Or any additional suggestions in this regard? Your experience and expertise is highly regarded.

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Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., internist and author of From Fatigued to Fantastic!, researches treatments for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia.


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