MSK ~ Rheum ~ Arthritis ~ Pain | A selection taken from FibroFlutters #chronicillness posts

A post where I’ll paste my favourite MSK ~ Rheum ~ Arthritis ~ Pain posts from FibroFlutters #ChronicIllness posts. 

It will continously change over time as new posts are added and older posts archived


Final Pdf of the EULAR Brussels Annual Conference Report 2018

REPORT | 21st EULAR Annual European Conference of PARE  |  People with Arthritis/Rheumatism in Europe, Brussels, Belgium, 16th – 18th February 2018

Who are EULAR & what is their mission?  >>>

#ChronicPain #CostoclavicularSyndrome #WomenIssues 

A post that is definitely for our ladies!

Chronic Body Pain Newsletter | Subject: Everything you need to know about bra strap syndrome | 5 May 2018

A great post based on a topic that women from all realms of #chronicillness have problems with. I know I have varying issues, but bra strap syndrome is the least concerning one of them.  Wearing bras is becoming difficult with alternatives often being too expensive, but the cost on the body from wearing ill-fitting bras could end up being more costly.

I’ve been getting #parathesia in left arm for around 10 years, nowadays I have it permanently at some level every day.  On the days it is bad I can’t even lift it let alone try to pick anything up, or get dressed, washed… all of these little ‘daily’ things  that everyone ‘takes for granted’ are affected.

Quoted from Physiopedia – Costoclavicular Syndrome:

The costoclavicular syndrome was first described in soldiers with loaded knapsacks, who developed pain, numbness, and fatigueability of the arms as they stood at attention.[4] The mechanisms of compression involved downward movement of the clavicle against the first rib with a resultant tendency to shearing of the neurovascular bundle.[5]

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A few words from me – Carole aka fibrofly73

Personally, I wish I could sit down with someone and design a bra that is specially designed to suit folks with health problems such as #costchondritis #hidradenitis, or any other type of probem related to breasts and the chest area.  For instance even something as small as having slight scoliosis at the top end of the spine means our body shape isn’t the same as what the regular bras are designed for.  Just like #EDS and some types of #HSD like myself where I have small shoulders so keeping straps up is always an issue, and having the weight of larger breasts does not keep straps on shoulders… it’s a myth!

I can’t wear them  😮

I wore one last Thursday for about 4 hours and have now got huge welts under left breast that are extremely painful, they also making moving about painful.  This is due to the friction of fabric more than anything due to having such #hypersensitive skin in such a delicate area. #Hypermobility in my shoulders and elbows make the other types of support bras a ‘no-no’ because my shoulders and elbows pop out / slide around when I’m trying to put them on, so causing myself damage in the process.  #Prevention is better than a cure sometimes… so I go without.  No choice!

Living on benefits I cannot afford to buy tailor-made clothing of any sort!


Are you a LUPUS survivor?
Lupus Survivors Gets a Face-lift  |  Lupus Survivors newsletter |   1 May 2018

Introductory lines to the newsletter:

‘This May is a month of celebration for We launched a new website with a new sleek design to showcase the many inspiring stories that so many of you have contributed.’

You can check out Lupus Survivors new sleek website via the following link >>>

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Latest edition! 

ARMA Newletter | Arthritis & Musculoskeletal Alliance  | May 2018

Who are ARMA? – About ARMA

Lots of things to read in this issue!



#PatientVoice #CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) #chronicillness #chronicpaindisorder

My Story: I Can Finally Explain How CRPS Feels |  Beth Stillitano |  National Pain report  |  6 May 2018  

It can be difficult explaining what our illnesses feel like so I always like to read what our fellow #chronicwarriors are saying about theirs.

About Beth >>>

Beth Stillitano has been fighting CRPS for 20+ years. Her family established the annual Fight the Flame 5k to raise awareness and education about CRPS in Charlotte, NC.


‘The horrible painful feeling you have for the short while on your skin after really burning yourself is what I feel every moment of every day inside my knee. My knee is always on fire. When I am in a pain flare-up, it is the equivalent of maybe breaking a bone at the same time; it is just added pain to what is already constant.’

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Understanding RA Flares
Learn what a rheumatologist says about flares – and how long they can last  |  Arthritis Foundation  |  1 May 2018

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Psoriatic Arthritis Quiz

PsA Quiz: Fact or Fiction!  | Arthritis Foundation |  27 April 2018

Learn the Truth Behind 5 Popular Psoriatic Arthritis Myths:

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#Musculoskeletal   #Skin  #Inflammation # PsA #Psoriasis  #Arthritis  #PsoriaticArthritis

What Type of PsA (PsoriaticArthritis) Do You Have? |  What is PsA |  Arthritis Foundation


‘Most people with psoriatic arthritis have skin symptoms before joint symptoms. However, sometimes the joint pain and stiffness strikes first. In some cases, people get psoriatic arthritis without any skin changes.’

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Picture of a human body with aura from a Spiritual Side of Life.  However, it makes a good picture to reflect how sensitive we are as folks with MSK/Rheum/Pain/ as our whole bodies are affected not just localised spots. Fibromyalgia being an exception to the rule of course!.  There’s a combination of factors involved. Read this if you wish to find out about human auras ~ human body with aura


Good advice!

Don’t Agonize, Mobilize  |  Cindy Perlin LCSW  | National Pain Report | 29 April 2018


‘Build up exercise gradually. When I injured my back 40 years ago, the conventional medical wisdom was to rest. I stayed in bed six weeks and felt even worse. Then a more astute doctor told that was the worst thing I could do and to get back to living my life the best I could. I was so weak from staying in bed so long that I couldn’t manage a walk around the block. An exercise program for people with bad backs at the YMCA helped me get moving again. I subsequently took up swimming, which has been a lifesaver for me.’  Cindy Perlin from the text

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Useful Post!

6 steps for coping with stress and improving your Fibromyalgia symptoms |  Julie Ryan  |  Counting My Spoons  |  30 April 2018


Learning to cope with Fibromyalgia is stressful. Your body becomes unpredictable and you rarely know what to expect from one day to the next. This creates stress and can often make us feel even worse. Coping with stress can be a key to improving your Fibromyalgia symptoms. Often the only way to learn to cope is by successfully or unsuccessfully handling specific situations. However, there are six key steps that you can take to help you as you learn to cope with daily journal, other chronic illnesses, or any stressful situation.’

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The Chronic Pain Patient – Chronically Misunderstood  |  By Liza Zoellick |  National Pain Report  |  20 April 2018

About the author:

Liza is a chronic pain warrior from Houston who has been chronicling her journey through chronic pain and illness on her blog: She is a contributor to the National Pain Report.

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An App to help with Your Exercise Solution

Arthritis Foundation | Living With Arthritis > Tools Resources | Your Exercise Solution >>> Fitness That Fits You

Disclaimer from Arthritis Foundation

‘PLEASE NOTE: This tool does not provide medical advice. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your physician before participating in activities described by this tool.’

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Natural Treatments!

Touch Therapy for Arthritis |Living with arthritis |Arthritis Foundation

Natural Treatments  |  Living with arthritis  | Arthritis Foundation 

Also headlining on their Arthritis blog >>>

  • Acupuncture and Acupressure for Arthritis
  • How Chiropractors Can Help Arthritis Pain
    Learn about the different ways chiropractic care can ease joint pain and stiffness.
  • Blog Home >>>

Useful ‘PAIN’ Toolkit!

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May 12th this Saturday help to #fightfibro #fibro2018


#fightfibro  #fibro2018 #fibromyalgia  #fibroawareness

Fight Fibromyalgia – Newsletter  |  1 April 2018


  • Lyrica Can Be Highly Effective For Fibromyalgia
  • The Potential Benefits of CBD for Fibromyalgia Symptoms
  • Is Fibromyalgia Considered a Disability?
  • The worst symptoms of fibromyalgia!
  • Weight reduction for fibromyalgia patients using Phentermine
  • Will A Fibromyalgia Mattress Really Help
  • How Can Lidocaine Patches Help You With Your Fibromyalgia Problems?
  • Mental Illness and Fibromyalgia: Is there a Connection?
  • All things to know about Fentanyl patch for fibromyalgia
  • 10 Things a person should avoid doing if you have fibromyalgia


#Young #KGAT #arthritis #juvenilearthritis

Arthritis Foundation – KGAT Newsletter |  Headliner:  Junior Ambassador Applications Now Accepted! |  25 April 2018

Opening paragraph:

‘This new and exciting program gives teens 13-17 the opportunity to represent the estimated 300,000 kids in the U.S. who have arthritis and raise awareness by sharing their personal arthritis story. This advocacy initiative will enable those who do not have a connection with arthritis to put a face to the disease. Junior Ambassadors will receive advocacy training, help raise awareness with policymakers about their disease and receive our Junior Ambassador Newsletter.’

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#ChronicPain #PatientVoices NEEDED!

Hey Chronic Pain Patients – Need Your Feedback  |  Ed Coghlan  | National Pain Report |  25 April 2018

About the Author  >>>

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Interesting reading

SIP Newsletter March 2018

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New Post!  Are sleep issues at the root of many Fibromyalgia symptoms? |  Counting My Spoons  |  Julie Ryan  |  16 April 2018


‘Past research has shown a connection between sleep deprivation and cognitive issues, emotional processing (the ability to determine if social cues are friendly or threatening) and control, impaired executive function (ability to complete basic tasks), attention, and working memory. Again, all of these things are things that are facts of life for those of us living with Fibromyalgia.’

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Remember if you have persistent problems it is best to visit your doctor to get checked out and to see if they can help you.



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