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IMAGE 90.5 The Night Celebrates 40 Years
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
LINCROFT, NJ - On the 1st of October, 90.5 The Night Brookdale Public Radio marks its 40th Anniversary of radio broadcasting by kicking off a... Read More...
16th Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Holmdel, N.J. – On Friday, October 17, 2014 from  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its... Read More...
New Jersey Fisherman Encouraged to Access Federal Fishery Disaster Relief Funds
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) encouraged New Jersey fishermen affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for... Read More...
Monmouth University Polling Institute Ranked in Top 7% by Polling Analyst Nate Silver
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - The Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI) is ranked among the top 7% of all pollsters in the nation after... Read More...
Man Who Fled Newark Bank Robbery in a Taxi Pleads Guilty
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
NEWARK, NJ—An Essex County man who left the scene of the crime by hailing a cab admitted today to robbing the New York Community Bank in Newark,... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE The Hangover
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Let's talk about my hangover. Shall we? Let me begin by saying this: my hangover has absolutely nothing to do with liquor or Bradley Cooper's 2009... Read More...
IMAGE The Fast Changing World
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Sometime last year, I shopped at one of the large stores in the Monmouth Mall.  I bought a suit and the gentleman selling me the suit was so... Read More...
IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...
IMAGE Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability. For... Read More...
IMAGE Life in the Tidelines near NY Harbor
by Joe Reynolds
Thursday, 25 September 2014
There’s a nor’easter heading our way, but the other day it was sunny, calm, and lovely out. Trying to take advantage of the pleasant weather... Read More...

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danvance_120"People look at you sometimes like you're crazy," said 40-year-old Mara Mittelman of Carney's Point, New Jersey, in a telephone interview. "But I've always been honest about having fibromyalgia. I just want people to know that (people with it) aren't crazy and it's a real condition."

A National Institutes of Health website defines fibromyalgia as a "common and chronic disorder" involving widespread soft tissue pain and tenderness. It can also cause fatigue, cognitive and memory problems, headaches, and sensitivity to noise, lights, and temperature. People with fibromyalgia often are accused of making up symptoms or told their symptoms are in their head. But the condition is real and in some people meets the criteria for a disability. It affects five million Americans over 18, mostly women.

Said Mittelman, "In 1998, I was a medical assistant and my shoulders were killing me. I was constantly having to lie down at lunch to relax my back. I couldn't figure out why everything hurt all the time. I saw a neurosurgeon because of the pain, and he said four of my vertebrae were compressing, and two were dangerous. I ended up having a cervical fusion."

Months later, she was regressing in terms of pain, but this time of a different type. At age 25, she no longer had any energy and her entire body hurt. In August 1998, a doctor diagnosed fibromyalgia. Her symptoms would improve slightly over time to where in 2008 she was able to complete her associate's degree.

Even so, fibromyalgia still affects her. "For example, I worked in the garden the other day and am still in pain. When choosing an activity, I have to consider I might be in pain (for days). So I have to ask myself whether doing an activity is worth it."

Mittelman now works as a part-time apartment complex leasing agent. She can't return to her job as a medical assistant because the stress experienced there triggers severe fibromyalgia-related flareups even while taking medication. To cope with flareups, which can last a week, she prays, talks herself through tough stretches, reads, and crochets.

She said, "If somebody told me they had a cure for fibromyalgia, I would be first in line. By the same token, because of it I am the person I am today. It has made me stronger because I have had to fight through it."

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