Goodbye for now!

Happy 2015, dear readers!! May this year be easy and happy for you, in any and all ways that 2014 was not. For the past few months, between my level of stress and the urgency of my health concerns, time for blogging has started to seem like a thing of the past. I need a…

How Can Patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Make Sure Our Doctors Understand Our Condition?

85% of clinicians view CFS as a wholly or partially psychiatric disorder; and hundreds of thousands of patients cannot find a single knowledgeable and sympathetic physician to take care of them. Patients believe that the name CFS has contributed to health care providers as well as the general public having negative attitudes toward them. –DePaul…

Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale

Rethinking the Traditional Pain Scale I have mixed feelings about some of the proposed methods for communicating about pain, but I’m glad the traditional pain scale is being rethought. I would prefer a scale with one or two sentences per pain level, to make sure patient and doctor are speaking the same language. See my…

A Checklist for Bad Pain/ Low Spoon Days

This week, my body has been in much worse shape than its new (sick) normal. Lacking the energy and focus to write a Real Blog Post, I’ve instead decided to pull together a checklist to help people with chronic and debilitating pain and/or fatigue (dubbed spoonies because of this article about our lives and limitations)…