Celeste Cooper


Celeste Cooper is a blogger and the author of of several self-help books, the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit, Balancing the See Saw of Chronic Pain [Series] and Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection, (co-author, Jeff Miller, PhD), and contributing author to Fibromyalgia Insider Secrets: 10 Top Experts. She is also a freelance writer on fibromyalgia and chronic pain, and she is a pain advocate as a participant in the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINSproject.org). She has a website devoted to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome and other overlapping and invisible pain and illnesses, which also includes helpful links and information on managing and coping with chronic illness. Celeste Cooper is a retired advanced trained registered nurse, who cared for patients and mentored others. She practiced as a clinical and hospital-wide educator, and as a critical care RN, staff development RN, and was board certified in emergency nursing. Celeste wrote and implemented continuing education programs for the Missouri State Board of Nursing and was an affiliate faculty member and Training Center director for the American Heart Association. She was a proud member of the Kansas City Chapter of the American Society of Hospital Education and Training, and the Emergency Nursing Association. She also holds a diploma in Legal Nurse Consulting in paralegal studies. Celeste has experienced personal struggles trials, setbacks, and successes as the result of illness, which she beliefs gives her the empathy necessary to be a patient advocate. She continues to walk that walk, and understands there are times when that road can be narrow, sometimes becoming enmeshed in its surrounding. She now advocates for education, change, awareness, and research, and her goal is to share ways to overcome obstacles and turn “road blocks” into a path full of opportunities.


  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Acupuncture has been found helpful for some people with fibromyalgia and there is a great deal of research to support this.
    Anecdotally, some say they found it helpful, some not, and others say it is dependent upon the acupuncturist.
    It is also possible that acupuncture is beneficial in a...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Genetic Medicine:

    FRIDAY, July 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Researchers say they've identified a gene mutation tied to a rare but severe, and often fatal, disease in children.

    The disease is called STING-associated vasculopathy with onset in infancy (SAVI). It's an autoinflammatory disease, involving an i...Full Article

  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Food additives and artificial sweeteners are thought to breakdown the bowel and contribute to a condition called leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome has been associated with many autoimmune disorders. Because fibromyalgia has a strong correlation to bowel problems and some research suggests that fi...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Temperature intolerance in fibromyalgia could be from one of two common clustering conditions, hypothyroidism or Raynaud’s syndrome or it could be a broken thermostat according to a study done by Albrecht, et al (2013).

    First, we need to know if we have a condition that could be contributing to our temperature...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Magnesium is thought to help skeletal muscles relax, which could be helpful for people with fibromyalgia who also experience myofascial pain syndrome.

    There are considerations to be made. Since irritable bowel syndrome is common to fibromyalgia, it is important to know that magnesium can also speed...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Facial and jaw pain in fibromyalgia may be related to trigeminal nerve entrapment or TMJ, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (the joint that serves as a hinge between the upper teeth and lower teeth).
    Some experts believe that myofascial pain syndrome frequently co-occurs with...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Orthopedics:

    THURSDAY, July 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The notion that lower back pain flares up during certain kinds of weather may be all in your head, a new study suggests.

    Researchers in Australia tracked nearly 1,000 people who were seen for acute low back pain at pri...Full Article

  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Yes, fibro fog is a real condition. Cognitive deficit is recognized by all experts, even those that don't always agree, as primary criteria for diagnosing fibromyalgia.
    You can read more about the newest diagnostic criteria from the American College of Rheumatology. http://www.rheumatology.or...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Depending on whether you have fibromyalgia alone or fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome together, the type of massage can make a difference. Having both conditions can make beneficial massage therapies more difficult to identify, but don't give up. It may be more painful at first, as with all...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Poor sleep, whether it is from sleep apnea, narcolepsy, insomnia, or disordered sleep patterns, can have a profound effect on fibromyalgia symptoms and can affect our daytime quality of life. When we can’t get to sleep, don't get enough sleep, it is disrupted, or it is non-refreshing, it not only...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper answered:
    Always keep your conversations regarding any illness appropriate for the age of your child. Most importantly, reassure your children or grandchildren that your condition is not the result of anything they have done. If older children want more information, use information from a credible source.
     ...Read More
  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Dermatology:

    FRIDAY, June 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A man with a rare condition that left him with no hair on his body grew a full head of hair after taking an arthritis drug, a new study reveals.

    The 25-year-old patient also grew eyebrows and eyelashes, along with facial, armpit and other hair aft...Full Article

  • Sharecare News
    Sharecare News posted a story about Physical Medicine/rehabilitation:

    THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Walking the equivalent of an hour a day may help improve knee arthritis and prevent disability, new research suggests.

    Because of knee arthritis, many older adults find walking, climbing stairs or even getting up from a chair difficult. But thes...Full Article

  • Celeste Cooper has posted a blog entry:
    The Present

    According to the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA), approximately ten million Americans...Full Post