When you hear the term "arthritis," you probably imagine painful and stiff joints. While that is pretty accurate (arthritis literally means "joint inflammation"), there are actually over 100 different types of arthritis, which is... Read more
Fibromyalgia is a mysterious condition, characterized by long-term pain throughout the body. In many cases, it is accompanied by tenderness and swelling in the joints, muscles or other soft tissues (known as "tender points"). Fibromyalgia a... Read more
It looks great in the movies: A depressed person dealing with serious pain or sudden injury pain pairs up with an intuitive physical therapist, motivational physician or insightful therapist. After a few sleepless nights and a little "hard work&... Read more
Cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea are some of the common and uncomfortable symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Unfortunately, no one has yet discovered a specific cause for IBS, but there are many factors that are... Read more
SparkPeople held a Spring Contest at the end of May and we wanted to share the winning entries with you! We received several creative and heartfelt responses to the following question:What makes SparkPeople the best weight loss program in the world?R... Read more
I'm having a hard time being motivated to exercise. I used to be. I used to workout 5-6 days a week, running, biking, swimming, P90X, Jillian Michaels. I felt great, besides the chronic headaches I have as a result of brain surgery. A few months ago,... Read more
I'm wondering if anybody out there sees any relationship between what you eat and how tired or energized you feel. Obviously, other factors come into account, such as exercise and sleep, and I'm curious to hear what you have to say about those and t... Read more
I've been researching ways to lessen cramps during PMS (aka "dysmenorrhea") because I've always had extremely painful periods. A macrobiotic friend told me that eliminating milk can help. Has anyone else tried this? Did it work for you?
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Hi, I'm trying to find a way to re-focus after a very tough year so far. I have always tried to keep fit, but this year has been a challenge. I hope that by connecting with others with similar challenges I can get back on track. In the past 6 mont... Read more
Pattie Ball (PUPPYWHISPERS)Weight Lost: 54 poundsHometown: Middle Grove, NYOccupation: Executive secretaryWhat was life like before your weight loss?I was an active kid--I was a figure skater and played high school sports, so I was always in go... Read more
I’ve come a long way since topping out at 460 pounds. With SparkPeople, I’ve lost 150 pounds and gained Freedom. Freedom is my seated, wheeled walker. I went from completely bed-ridden to completely dependent on a wheelchair to being able... Read more
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