Category Archives: Health

All my chronic health problem posts

Ealasaid’s Guide to Finding a Bra That Fits!

I got a ton of interest when I mentioned this idea on Facebook, so here we are. The Status Quo Most boob-havers¬†get fitted for bras using a measuring tape and math. This is stupid, because you can’t calculate the volume … Continue reading

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May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month!

So, May 12 is the official Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, but May in general is being promoted as Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, so I’m posting now to do my part! Fibromyalgia¬†is a nasty critter. Whether it’s a syndrome or a disease (or … Continue reading

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Noticing

Today I am noticing a number of things. I am noticing that the joints in my hands ache. Not as much as they did a few days ago, but more than they do on a day where my fibro isn’t … Continue reading

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The Chronically Ill Patient’s Guide to Dealing With Doctors

Anyone who’s met my mother knows she has what is often tactfully referred to as a “strong personality.” When I had knee problems as a kid, and the first orthopedist we went to said something like “eh, if it hurts, … Continue reading

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The Chronically Ill Patient’s Guide to Dealing with Insurance

So, I have a few chronic illnesses (fibromyalgia, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, chondromalacia patellae — the fancy term for shitty knees, and depression among others). My parents handled doctors and insurance for me when I was a kid, but now … Continue reading

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Health Survey!

OMG y’all! Redefining Body Image is doing a survey. Go take it! I found some of my answers to the questions useful, and thought I’d post them here. It’s really striking to me how much WORK my health is. No … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on pain

Thanks to my fibromyalgia, I’m in pain pretty much all the time. As a result, I spend a lot of time thinking about pain — mostly in the “dammit, I wish my hands didn’t hurt so much” sense, but sometimes … Continue reading

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Ow

As you’ve probably noticed, I haven’t posted more of my The Last Failbender rantings. I haven’t been able to concentrate enough to write them because my fibromyalgia is pitching a fit. “Hey, Ealasaid,” I hear you ask, “what exactly does … Continue reading

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I Am Not A Doctor, But… Issue 2: The Common Cold

First, a disclaimer: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. IF YOU ARE ILL, SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, ETC ETC ETC! Now. I suffered from colds a LOT during graduate school – I cought about four or five in a … Continue reading

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I Am Not A Doctor, But… Issue 1: Fibromyalgia

First, a disclaimer: I AM NOT A DOCTOR. IF YOU ARE ILL, SEEK ADVICE FROM YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER, ETC ETC ETC! That said, I am a person with fibromyalgia, and I recently posted to a list I’m on about the … Continue reading

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