Tired of being held prisoner in your own body? Tami Stackelhouse is an author and Fibromyalgia Coach, bringing together top fibromyalgia experts and advocates, creating a virtual dream team to help you take back control of your life and health. From doctors and researchers in the traditional medical setting, to coaches and providers of alternative and natural treatment options, this podcast will empower you to feel your best and live a fibro life you love.
But My Labs Are Normal: 5 Reasons Your Lab Results May Be Wrong
How many times has your doctor told you all your lab tests were normal? If you're like most of us with fibromyalgia, this has happened more times than you can count.
So what then? Do we keep testing? Or do we accept that the test is normal, in spite of the fact we feel that something is wrong?
After 20 years of certain tests coming back as "normal", Tami recently decided to try one more time as a way of "checking the box" with a new provider.... and ended up with completely different results! She shares her experience as well as five basic reasons your own "normal" lab test results may be wrong.
For more information, free copies of Tami's books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/59.
7 Common Myths About Fibromyalgia
We can find evidence of fibromyalgia going back more than 200 years in medical literature.... and yet there there seems to be more fiction than fact surrounding it.
People are told things like, "There isn't much that can be done about fibromyalgia." Or, "Fibromyalgia is a middle-aged woman's disease." (Hint: Both of these things are FALSE.)
In this episode, Tami tackles seven of the most common myths about fibromyalgia, as well as the truth behind those myths.
For more information, free copies of Tami's books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/58.
Talking To Others About Your Fibromyalgia
Have you ever wondered what you should tell others about your fibromyalgia? Do you find yourself going back and forth between saying, "I'm fine" and telling them how you really feel? If so, this episode is for you!
We all intuitively understand that there are some people we can share more with than others. In this episode, Tami interviews Kimberli Wicks, a professional counselor who has lived for years with her own chronic illness. Kimberli outlines a simple way of categorizing the people in your life which will help you know how much to share about your diagnosis.
Tami and Kimberli also include several suggestions on ways you can build a support network, how to test the waters with how much to tell new people in your life, and ways to ensure you don't overburden the people you love.
For more information, free copies of Tami's books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/57.
Fibromyalgia Stories of Hope and Healing #2
Three Clients Share Their Fibromyalgia Stories
Tami interviews three clients on the ways that they have found to improve their fibromyalgia symptoms over the last few months. You’ll hear how Petr, a self-proclaimed "King of Fibro", discovered just how much he didn't know. You'll also hear how Petr's Fibromyalgia Coach, Micky, helped him in ways his two previous health coaches couldn't. Julie shares how much her life has changed in the last year and a half, including how she no longer feels guilt and shame over her illness — and how being a coach keeps her accountable. Creating her own perfect life balance helps Viktoriia feel her best, plus a word of encouragement from Viktoriia to our Russian-speaking fibromyalgia community.
You’ll also hear from our commencement speaker, Amy Velasquez Rempel of The Integrative Women's Health Institute, as she shares her journey from pain and confusion to hope and purpose with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and endometriosis.
Listen to these interviews and be encouraged on your healing journey!
For more information, free copies of Tami's books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/56.
Special Announcement: February 16, 2021
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Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals with Jennifer Kolar, Atlas Assistance Dogs
Many people are confused about the differences between emotional support animals, service animals, and the laws and rights that each type of animal has under the ADA, especially with the recent Department of Transportation ruling defining emotional service animals as pets.
In this episode, Tami interviews Jennifer Kolar, founding member of Atlas Assistance Dogs, about these differences and laws. Listen in to hear several ways a service dog could help someone with fibromyalgia live a richer and more fulfilling life. Learn what it takes to have a service dog, what businesses have a right to ask you about your service dog, and the rights service animals have under the ADA.
Atlas Assistance Dogs provides an affordable way for individuals to train their dogs to be qualified service dogs.
For more information, free copies of Tami's books, and full show notes visit: FibromyalgiaPodcast.com/55.
A normal woman who relates to us as normal people. She does not talk real slow like a lot of podcasters do, as if we are stupid. She really talks the talk and walks the walk. A pleasure to listen to and learn from. She does understand all of us and through this horrible disease she helps in all ways. Yes people,finally a real good person. Hope you all enjoy her as I am. 💕
Figuring it out!
I was diagnosed when I was 23 I am now 27. For years I have been fighting the diagnose. I had it under control for years and now am staring to have more and more flare-ups and more fatigue. Through this podcast I am now starting to understand and accept my diagnoses. I now want to know as much as I can about this thing that I have. Thank you for helping me through this process and helping me understand/ accept this. I am now trying to figure out how to help myself and my BF understand this diagnoses and live our best lives!
My 17 year old was just diagnosed after years of “trying to figure out” what was going on. Your podcast is exactly what I need! I started on episode 1 and am listening to all of them. Thank you for your compassion, advice and skill at addressing Fibromyalgia in a complete way.