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Senate Bill 483 Passes House and Senate Senate Bill 483 Passes House and Senate Wednesday, 13 April 2016   Tonight the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of Senate Bill 483, Ensuring Patient Access & Drug Enforcement... More detail
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Why do people work with health coaches?

A certified health coach is a personal mentor who can help, motivate and encourage you to adjust your lifestyle and behavior for better health and wellness. They often have special training in diet and lifestyle wellness, as well as coaching. Together you set health goals, and your coach is with you every step to help you achieve those goals. Fibromyalgia (FM) health coaches specialize in helping FM patients make changes that will alleviate their symptoms and achieve a better quality of life.

What can a fibromyalgia health coach offer you?

Coaching strategies may vary by coach, but health coaching always includes regular appointments to give you the support you need on your wellness journey. There are options for over-the-phone coaching as well as in-person appointments. Based on professional training, research, and personal experience with FM, a coach helps clients to evaluate their current habits, identify goals for improvement, and review the past week’s challenges and successes. 

Tami Stackelhouse, Founder of the International Fibromyalgia Coaching Institute, teaches her coaches and advisors to focus on seven key areas as they work with FM patients, which a health coach can offer you:

  1. Therapy recommendations
  2. Test suggestions
  3. Medication and natural therapy insights
  4. Diet, nutrition and exercise coaching
  5. Daily life and stress management tips
  6. Specialist and provider referrals
  7. Accountability for making lasting changes

Stackelhouse writes, “Your coach or advisor will be your cheerleader, encourager, and instructor along the way. She will celebrate your victories with you, encourage you when you think there isn’t anything to celebrate, and teach you to how to apply what you’re learning to your daily life.”

Her personal fibromyalgia coaching program aims to help you:

  • Take control of your life and health.
  • Gain freedom from your illness and the prison your body has become.
  • Learn to pace yourself, so that you have fewer bad days and more good days.
  • Manage your energy effectively, so that you get more done with less effort.
  • Develop systems and strategies to streamline your life and time.
  • Honor and care for your body with self-care techniques.
  • Develop healthier eating habits that are simple, yet effective.
  • Recover your hope that life can be great again.
  • Create a sense of calm and peace of mind.
  • Lower your pain levels.

Is a health coach the right choice for you?

A health coach is your ally. He or she will work with you to create lasting changes that improve your health and wellbeing. There will be good and bad days, but a coach can help you through the process. Stackelhouse suggests patients interested in getting a personal health coach should be willing to be coached and committed to putting in the effort required to make the changes. Reclaiming your health with the aid of a personal coach requires willingness to try new things, dedication, and a desire to feel better. If these attitudes sound like you, a health coach may be the perfect choice for you! 

 

Portions reprinted from Tami Stackelhouse with permission. For more information on finding a Certified Fibromyalgia Coach or Advisor, or becoming a FM health coach, please visit FibromyalgiaCoachingInstitute.com.

 

We’re excited to announce that the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has launched two new online resources in partnership with Inspire to provide information, inspiration, and support to individuals living with fibromyalgia and chronic pain and their loved ones.

The Fibromyalgia Support Community offers a secure place where fibromyalgia patients and their caregivers can find information and support. Join the conversation today at fibromyalgia.inspire.com


The Chronic Pain Support Community offers a secure place where patients with chronic pain conditions, and their caregivers, can find information and support. Join the conversation today at Pain.Inspire.com.

These free online communities provide peer-to-peer support and a safe environment so you can connect with others experiencing or who have experienced the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes similar to yours. You can start or respond to discussions in the community, upload photos and search for specific topics to find other members who share the same interests.

Inspire builds and manages secure and moderated online support communities for more than 750,000 patients and caregivers looking for information and support. 

To become a member of Inspire you need to register for an account. Click the join button above and this will take you to the NFMCPA support community registration page. After you complete the registration form, Inspire will send you an email to activate your account. If you have any trouble signing up or finding the right group, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

Join the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association’s free support community on Inspire!

 

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) is proud to support a free online community on Inspire.com for individuals, and their loved ones, who are affected by fibromyalgia.

This free online community offers peer-to-peer support and a safe environment so you can connect with others experiencing or who have experienced the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes similar to yours.

You can start or respond to discussions in the community, upload photos and search for specific topics to find other members who share the same interests.

To become a member of Inspire you need to register for an account. Click the join button above and this will take you to the NFMCPA support community registration page. After you complete the registration form, Inspire will send you an email to activate your account. If you have any trouble signing up or finding the right group, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

Join the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association’s free support community on Inspire!

 

The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) is proud to support a free online community on Inspire.com for individuals, and their loved ones, who are affected by fibromyalgia.

This free online community offers peer-to-peer support and a safe environment so you can connect with others experiencing or who have experienced the diagnosis, treatments and outcomes similar to yours.

You can start or respond to discussions in the community, upload photos and search for specific topics to find other members who share the same interests.

 

To become a member of Inspire you need to register for an account. Click the join button above and this will take you to the NFMCPA support community registration page. After you complete the registration form, Inspire will send you an email to activate your account. If you have any trouble signing up or finding the right group, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for help.

Painful Truth book cover by Lynn WebsterIn an interview with NFMCPA President Jan Chambers, Dr. Lynn Webster said, "The book Painful Truth introduces nine former patients of mine, illustrating their unique situations as their lives were suddenly torn apart by daily chronic pain.

My goal is to help readers understand the uncomfortable realities faced by people in pain. The goal is to ensure that treatment of chronic pain is seen as a human right, and that an array of treatment options are available to readers on that inevitable day when that they, too, will seek relief from humankind’s primal enemy: pain."

Chambers endorses this book for several reasons, chiefly the clarity about how quickly a life can change when chronic pain occurs and by speaking frankly from a physician's perspective about treating patients with chronic pain.


Change Through the Painful Truth:  A Book and TV Documentaryby Lynn Webster, MD


Chronic pain plagues 1 in 3 Americans and has more than a $600 billion drain on the economy. It’s become the healthcare crisis no one can, or wants to, talk about. Having treated many patients with chronic pain – often when they were at their most vulnerable – I continue to believe there is hope. Ultimately, it will require more research, better therapies, and improved policies. But it begins simply with showing everyone the humanity and urgency we give to a child in pain.

Toward that end, I created a book,  The Painful Truth, September 2015, and a television documentary (also titled "The Painful Truth") which will air on PBS between four and six weeks later).

The Painful Truth is a deeply intimate collection of stories about people living with disabling pain, their attempts to heal, and the challenges that we collectively face to help them survive and, ultimately, live meaningful lives. As a physician who has treated people with chronic pain for more than 30 years, I reveal in the book the difficulties that patients face dealing with chronic pain in a society which is often shamelessly prejudiced against those who are in most need of compassion and empathy. I share how those biases also affect those who treat patients with chronic pain.

My television documentary is a companion to the book. Through interviews with people in pain, I will share the realities of chronic pain visually and poignantly with viewers who, ultimately, can make a difference. The show will document the intimate, personal, and profound impact that pain has on patients' lives. My hope is to engage readers and viewers emotionally, and motivate them to be part of a grassroots movement for change.

Dr. Lynn R. Webster, MD, is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at PRA Health Sciences, and author of a forthcoming book, The Painful Truth, and producer of a PBS TV documentary by the same name. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. He lives in Salt Lake City.

 

To learn more, please go to http://www.lynnwebstermd.com/book-and-reviews

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