Celeste Cooper

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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.

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    Celeste Cooper answered:

    There has been a great deal of discussion regarding caffeine in general.  For instance, sources of caffeine, coffee and chocolate in particular, have had varying discussions and the end result is “to have or not to have.”

    The bottom line for fibromyalgia and the overlapping conditions, such as interstitial

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  • Celeste Cooper
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    Muscle pain is the symptom that generally is complaint that fibromyalgia patients initially report to their doctor. However, the three primary symptoms of FM are:

    1. Body-wide pain

    2. Non-restful sleep, regardless of the number of hours

    3. Cognitive decline

    There are symptoms you may have, but they are

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    Celeste Cooper answered:

    Because muscle pain is one of the primary complaints in fibromyalgia, muscle relaxants are found to be helpful.

    Many, if not most, fibromyalgia patients also have an overlapping condition called myofascial pain syndrome, where the muscle becomes rigid. If the muscle isn’t too taut, you can feel the

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  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    Muscle relaxants can be very helpful in fibromyalgia pain, because muscle pain is one of the primary complaints.

    Many, if not most, fibromyalgia patients also have an overlapping condition called myofascial pain syndrome, where the muscle becomes rigid. If the muscle isn’t too taut, you can feel the

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  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    There has been a great deal of discussion regarding caffeine in general.  For instance, sources of caffeine, coffee and chocolate in particular, have had varying discussions and the end result is “to have or not to have.”

    The bottom line for fibromyalgia and the overlapping conditions, such as interstitial

    ...Read More
  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper has posted a blog entry:
    The primary presenting complaint in fibromyalgia is muscle pain, and the primary reason chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) patients seek treatment,...Full Post
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    Like fibromyalgia, severe headaches have a central nervous system and myofascial component. This is how fibromyalgia may trigger a headache or vice versa, a severe headache can also trigger other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Understanding this connection is important for finding a resolution

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    Celeste Cooper has posted a blog entry:

    In the study, Ultrasonic characterization of the upper trapezius muscle in patients with chronic neck pain, they found "With further refinement, ultrasound...Full Post
  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper posted:
    "The power of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual balance creates mindfulness. Whether in sorrow or joy, in pain or triumph, I strive for awareness of this fullness for myself and others."
    https://thesethree.com/Key_to_Affirmations.html#.UXf8b7WOAtg
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    Celeste Cooper posted:
    Blood test for fibromyalgia based on IR. "A blood test for fibromyalgia based on mid-IR spectroscopy can differentiate this condition from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis."
    http://www.spectroscopynow.com/details/blog/13e41add443/Blood-test-for-fibromyalgia-based-on-IR.html?tzcheck=1
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    Celeste Cooper posted:
    Kindness©
    May your kindness supply an abundant harvest.
    May you find the reflection in every soul you meet.
    May the grace you share create tenderness in you.
    Two souls united, strangers passing through life.
    ~Celeste Cooper
  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    Currently there are three diagnostic criteria in place, the tender point exam of the 1990 criteria, The Preliminary Proposed Diagnostic Criteria for Fibromyalgia, PPDC, (2010) and Fibromyalgia criteria and severity scales for clinical and epidemiological studies: a modification of the ACR Preliminary

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  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    The primary problems or symptoms which can disrupt the life of the fibromyalgia patient are body-wide pain, sleep disturbance (fatigue, and disordered sleep), and cognitive deficit (problems with short term memory, word finding, and word and letter transposition).

    Other problems can be related to what most

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  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    Fibromyalgia is thought to be a rheumatic disorder because the primary complaint is muscle pain. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is associated with certain other rheumatic disorders.

    “Fibromyalgia often co-occurs (up to 25-65%) with other rheumatic conditions such

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  • Celeste Cooper
    Celeste Cooper answered:

    Talk with your doctor if any of the following symptoms have lasted more than three months.

    • Widespread pain, ck presence of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs).
    • Anxiety and/or depression
    • Sleep disturbance, could be an autoimmune disorder, Hashimoto’s
    • Morning stiffness, ck presence of MTrPs.
    • Fatigue
    • Bladder
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