#helium article review

Helium article: Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia here
Fairly straight forward yet generic article on “tips’ for living” with Fibro. Nothing noteworthy, all the standard stock info that you can get off Wikipedia. It almost makes it sound too easy to “live with fibro’ just follow these 5 easy steps. Unfortunately, managing these 5 steps is 99% of the struggle and frustration that makes living with this illness so difficult in the first place..and if it was .01% as easy to follow just one of these steps consistently on a regular basis then no one would be in painstaking agony… but the truth of the matter is performing just 1/4 of even one of these easy tips is overwhelmingly difficult and that’s what makes it all suck all the more

Note: Tip #2 on communication is often what makes the depression and isolation increase since no one ever seems to fully understand Fibro unless they have it themselves . Joining a Fibro support group in your local city or online is crucial and cognitive behavior therapy is recommended since the dynamics of friendships, relationships, work and family often change as this illness takes its hold over daily life

Not a PASS or FAIL= OK



Asbury Park Press (APP) on Fibromyalgia

Asbury Park Press reports on Fibro and highlights one woman’s struggle here

Asbury Park Press highlights the truth on Fibromyalgia being a condition of the nervous system and the oft misdiagnoses and dismissal that most suffers initially receive from medical professionals. It is a depressing and frustrating conundrum where physicians who do not know much about it evaluate quickly and then prescribed a laundry list of “standard” medications or simply tell patients to lay down, get rest and take a Motrin. Since, blood work samples don’t detect any “problem” the patient is seen as healthy.

This article presented the facts well and the hope and help that medications can provide in managing the symptoms. As discussed by the rheumatologist, these medications are not a one size fit all and the trial and error that ensues can have devastating effects if not prescribed and then monitored meticulously. The problem with presenting medications in such a positive light is that the article fails to show that these medications present other harmful side effects and the patient can enter into a vicious cycle. Also, medications only act as a band-aid to the symptoms never getting to the root of why the patient began to have the effects of the illness to begin with.
These are larger issues I know, and it was not the intent of the article to delve this deep. All together this article presented the facts and challenges in an accurate and meaningful light.