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Link Round-Up.

Happy Easter to those celebrating, and happy long weekend to everyone else!

I decided to ignore my normal no dairy, grains, or soy rules for Easter and just eat what I wanted. It was delicious, but I feel pretty disgusting now; fatigued and moody with a pretty distressed digestive system. In a way, I think it’s good for me to fall off the wagon every so often, because it reaffirms how much better I feel normally, and that what I am usually doing is the right thing for my body.

So in case anyone else is in a chocolate-induced cloud of bleurgh, here are some distractions!

A piece from Laurie Edwards on the differences in medication efficacy between genders, the higher incidence of women with chronic pain, and the impact of these issues on equitable treatment. I know I post a lot of links on gender disparity in chronic pain, but it’s an issue that keeps popping up in my dissertation research and one I’m passionately interested in.

If you are one of the lucky ladies (or gents!) on steroids for autoimmune disease, you’re likely dealing with a whole host of sucky side effects. This article has some suggestions for how to combat one of them – dry skin.

Michelle at Living with Bob wrote this wonderful post on dealing with the all-too-frequent criticisms that seem to permeate the lives of individuals living with health issues. How many times have we all heard, “You just need to x, y, and z! You’re not trying hard enough!”? I think the perspective shift she discusses is essential.

Amanda at Celiac and Allergy Adventures has some great ideas for identifying and coping with social situations in which food allergies or intolerances may be an issue. I don’t handle gluten, dairy, or soy well, but tend to feel uncomfortable requesting special accommodations, so I usually just don’t eat or eat it anyway and then leave suddenly when I make myself sick. I know this is ridiculous and I’m working on being assertive!

A chronic pain topic I think is incredibly important and not talked about enough; Tracy from Oh What a Pain in the… discusses some difficulties and potential solutions around having sex when you have chronic pain. A friend who did a multidisciplinary pain treatment had a fellow classmate come up to her and quietly ask her if she had any difficulties in this area. This poor lady was suffering and didn’t feel like she could discuss it with her doctors or bring it up openly in class even though it was severely affecting her marriage and quality of life. This breaks my heart. Sex is important to our health and we should talk about it!

Is there anything you’ve written or come across that you think I should know about? Let me know!

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Link Round-Up.

My ginger-and-pasty complexion requires me to wish you a happy St Patrick’s day! Here’s a couple of (non-Irish) things that have caught my eye on the web over the last few weeks.

Mindfulness has been shown to be a helpful technique in relaxation and managing pain. Here are some quick-and-easy ways to give it a go while commuting or in a particularly boring lecture.

xoJane has been running a series on respectful interactions with certain groups of (usually minority) people. It’s been a bit hit-and-miss for me, but this one on interacting with disabled people was interesting. Although it’s visible-mobility-issue specific (the writer uses a wheelchair), both the article and the comments (which are awesome) gave me a lot of “me too!” moments.

Laurie Edwards, who wrote both a blog and a book that I love, published this interview on relationships touched by chronic illness with the author of another interesting new book, In Sickness as In Health.

In scary but unsurprising news, a study has proposed a link between the high levels of refined and processed salt in junk foods and autoimmune disease.

Julie at Managing Fibro wrote a beautiful piece for International Women’s Day about the link between gender and fibromyalgia, and the impact of that link on fighting for research and treatment.

Via Fibro Feist, this article discusses tips for keeping your relationship strong when you are living with chronic illness.

And from Toni Bernhard at Turning Straw into Gold, some common struggles for balance in chronic illness.

I hope you’re having a relaxing weekend.