Fibromyalgia Finally Officially Recognized As Real Disease

Fibromyalgia Finally Officially Recognized As Real Disease

The day that many fibromyalgia sufferers have been waiting for has finally come. Fibromyalgia is real and is now recognized as such by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Center for Health Statistics. Effective October 1, 2015, fibromyalgia has its own diagnosis code that is included in the list of official diagnostic codes used by the U.S. healthcare industry including doctors, insurance companies and government agencies. ICD-10-CM (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification) is the most recent revision to the list of these codes that now includes fibromyalgia. Previously, doctors…

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Annette Funicello Dies of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms/Complications.

Annette Funicello Dies of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms/Complications.

Annette Funicello, an iconic former child star from Disney’s “Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, has died at the age of 70 from complications of chronic progressive multiple sclerosis, a disease she had been battling for over two decades. The Walt Disney Company reported that Funicello passed away peacefully at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, at the age of 70. Extra reported that Funicello passed away after her family finally took her off life support after several years in a coma induced by progressive multiple sclerosis. She is survived…

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To whom it may concern: an open letter about life with Multiple Sclerosis

To whom it may concern: an open letter about life with Multiple Sclerosis

To whom it may concern: There is an entire world filled with people who don’t understand Multiple Sclerosis. I know since you don’t live with the disease yourself it is hard to comprehend, but I hope what I have to say will help open your eyes and heart to what life is really like for me…hopefully giving you insight and understanding into the life of someone living with MS. First off, I would like to say that Multiple Sclerosis is real, it hurts, it is full of challenges and struggles,…

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The Problem With How The Media Portrays Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

The Problem With How The Media Portrays Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

My fingertips ache as they dance across my keyboard typing “Complex Regional Pain Syndrome” into Google (you know, today’s most reliable source). Articles flood my screen, some informative and some personal anecdotes; every article with a slight imperfection, every article a bit misleading, and every article making Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) seem like justchronic pain. It’s about time for somebody to speak up, to show the raw, unfiltered, accurate truth of what CRPS is all about. I apologize if this comes off as hard to read as it will…

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What You Need to Know About Schizophrenia

What You Need to Know About Schizophrenia

A 33-year-old woman hears “brutal and frightening” voices daily but continues her college studies. A middle-aged man, who served in the Navy and has since struggled with substance abuse, spends 10 weeks homeless. And another man lives alone with “mental confusion and chaos,” yet tends to his garden. He has trouble using clocks to stay on top of medication, so instead uses a mirrored prism to track time. Three very different people, all living with schizophrenia. Positive or Negative – When Neither Is Good Schizophrenia is a severe brain disorder…

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No Lie Can Live Forever: Predicting a Vegan America by 2050

No Lie Can Live Forever: Predicting a Vegan America by 2050

I’m making a prediction: America will be vegan by 2050. Sound preposterous? Not if we work together to make it happen. Consider that until the 1900s millions of young children worked in our factories… and how untenable that would be today. Consider that a country built on the backs of slaves elected Barack Obama in 2008. Consider that seventeen states in a country where gays lived painfully in the closet just decades ago, now allow them to marry. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward…

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These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

Do you know how much a manual wheelchair costs? Not the kind you buy from theSears catalogue when you break your leg and need someone to push you around for six weeks. I’m talking about the kind that a paraplegic might need, that offers the correct ergonomic support and fits the lifestyle of the person who will rely on it for years. My friend Heather uses a manual wheelchair. When she purchased it three years ago, it cost $6,000. The same chair today has a price tag of almost $9,000….

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How to be vegan without battling an eating disorder

How to be vegan without battling an eating disorder

Blogger Jordan Younger, better known as The Blonde Vegan, just revealed a big secret to her fans: She suffers from an eating disorder known as orthorexia. Younger, 23, amassed over 75,000 Instagram fans that followed her to get her advice on how to eat a natural vegan diet. However, the quest to stay healthy — and to impress her followers — eventually backfired. “I started suffering from orthorexia,” she wrote on her blog. Orthorexia is defined by the National Eating Disorder Association as a “fixation on righteous eating” where the sufferer obsesses…

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Researchers discuss ethical considerations of ‘curing’ disabilities

Researchers discuss ethical considerations of ‘curing’ disabilities

Vanderbilt researchers from the Department of Pediatrics, Peabody College and the Divinity School joined with parent advocates for a panel discussion on the ethical considerations of “curing” disabilities. The April 5 event was part of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center to inform the university community about ethics related to conducting research, especially issues involving individuals with disabilities. While some parents of children with disabilities cling to the concept of a cure for their child’s disability, others express dismay at the apparent lack of acceptance that a cure implies. The panelists explored…

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29 Things Only Someone With Psoriasis Would Understand

29 Things Only Someone With Psoriasis Would Understand

Psoriasis is a lifelong condition and those who have spent enough time managing the red, flaky patches come to certain realizations that others may not understand. 1. Possessing a personal and profound disdain for dry winters. 2. Knowing that your body is capable of creating its own skin snowflakes. 3. You justify having a beard or not shaving your legs to spare your skin. 4. You completely understand the helpfulness of sunlight on your skin, so you worship it like a god. 5. You have at least one thing in…

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