As someone living with a chronic illness, guest blogger Andrea Hanson likes to keep things simple. She believes that being proactive in our health and happiness doesn’t have to be complex. But she didn’t always have that belief…

After my husband wrote up a summary of The Four Agreements, I realized that they would make life so much easier for patients living with chronic illnesses, and their friends and family.

Many fibromyalgia patients lose friends after their diagnosis. Check out my review of Jenn McRobbie’s book, “Why is She Acting So Weird?: A Guide to Cultivating Closeness When a Friend is in Crisis.”

Dr. Ginevra Liptan answers seven tough questions on fibromyalgia pain: Why won’t my doctor prescribe opiates? What meds make fibro pain worse? How much pain is too much? Is there a place for opioid medications in fibro pain treatment? How do I know when I’ve done the right amount of exercise? And more.

Dr. Ginevra Liptan gives an overview of the pain cycle, ideas for treating each part of it, plus why fibromyalgia pain is difficult to treat.