Diagnosed in 1990, Christine has experienced fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms since childhood. After a career in aerospace finance she was trained as an FM support group leader by the Arthritis Foundation and participated in groups on both the east and west coasts. Designated a Leader Against Pain by the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) she advocated for increased funding and awareness for FM. She is the author of “More Than Tender Points: A Fibromyalgia Memoir,” available on Amazon. An Upstate New York transplant now living in Southern California, she credits the sunshine for improving her symptoms.
Many years ago, I suffered through a very painful withdrawal episode that was totally preventable. The doctor who prescribed, and later discontinued, the medication in question was well-trained — but ... Read more
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The past several months have been difficult for me. Both my irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea and my cervical radiculopathy have flared up. Between muscle spasms that result in nerve ... Read more
Unaccustomed to the unusually cold temperatures we’ve experienced recently in Southern California, I found myself with a shortage of warm clothing to wear. For someone like me who is always ... Read more