Current Stats For Fibromyalgia

Current Stats For Fibromyalgia

The CDC says that 2% of Americans have fibromyalgia. Other Internet fibro website’s suggest that anywhere from 2% to 4% of Americans have fibromyalgia. Most fibro sites agree that eight out of ten American diagnosed with fibromyalgia of female. Therefore, two out of ten are men, or 80% of all diagnosed fibro patients, 20% are men.

When I looked up how many Americans had Fibromyalgia and specifically how many men had fibro. All I found was out of date information.

One example of out of date information on fibromyalgia was on the CDC website. It said “The prevalence of fibromyalgia is about 2%, affecting an estimated 5.0 million adults in 2005.”


America’s 2014 population is 319,000,000. 319 million.

Here is an update table of current fibro statistics as of 2014.

At Two Percent

2% = 6,380,000 Americans diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

5,104,000 are women.

1,276,000 are men.

At Three Percent

3% = 9,570,000 Americans diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

7,658,000 are women.

1,914,000 are men.

At Four Percent

4% = 13,760,000 Americans diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

11,008,000 are women.

2,752,000 are men.

10 Things We Would Like Our Pain-free Friends to Know About Us

10 Things We Would Like Our Pain-free Friends to Know About Us

This is an open letter to all of our pain-free friends and family. These are things we would like you to know about, that we go through and how we would like to be treated.

1. Looking Good On the Outside, Feeling Lousy On The Inside

Just because we look fine on the outside doesn’t mean we feel good on the inside. You wouldn’t believe how much energy it takes to put on a good public face. We may smile or laugh at your jokes but often it hurts to laugh. Please understand how much energy and effort it takes us to get out of bed in the morning, let alone get ready to go somewhere outside our home. We miss our past social life and yearn for the time we could do “spur of the moment” activities. Don’t make us feel worse about ourselves by pushing us to “do just one more thing.” We have to plan our social life and required activities by making sure we are well rested and properly medicated.

2. No Medical Advice Please

Please, no medical advice unless you’re a health care professional who really understands what fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses are. Please don’t push remedies on us that you got off the internet or from your herbalist. We have researched and read till our eyes are tired looking for the optimal therapy for our type of chronic pain. We do welcome all the sincere empathy you have to give us.

3. Just Because We look Fine Doesn’t Mean We are Fine

Even though we may not look sick and are fully clothed doesn’t mean we don’t hurt on the inside. It can be tiring to look good and be out and about. You may not see us go home after being out for an hour and collapsing in our beds or recliners exhausted from the time in public. First looks can be deceiving. If you see us in a motorized cart at the store don’t judge. It may be the only way to can do our shopping.

4. It Is Not In Our Heads

We’ll in some cases it might be. Some chronic pain illnesses such as Fibromyalgia is an illness of the brain and spinal cord and the whole CNS. But other chronic pains originate from other areas of the body.


4. Regardless of how long we are afflicted with chronic pain, it still hurts. Some chronic pain illnesses like fibromyalgia will be with us forever.

5. Various Energy Levels

Chronic pain sucks up your energy no matter who you are. But it is even worse if you have chronic pain. We just don’t have the energy we once had.

6. We Are Not Lazy!

Lacking energy and being lazy may look a lot alike, but they are two very different things. We are not lazy, because that is reflective of an attitude. We lack physical energy which is disabling and can affect whether or not we have a job.

7. We have Good Days And Bad Days

Sometimes each day feels like the one before. Other times we have a great day, which is almost a curse because when we do have a good day we tend to overdo it. If we overdue it, we pay for the consequences of overdoing it by being extra sick for a day or two or three. Even though most days run into each other they are typically not good days, but every so often we had really bad days, sometimes they are so bad we call it a flare up.

8. Please No Personal Opinions Unless We Ask You

Not to be rude, but if we want your opinion we will ask for it. Until we do, please keep opinions, good or bad to yourself.

9. Judge Not, That Ye Be Not Judged

Don’t judge what you don’t know. Even in chronic pain circles, because chronic pain illnesses can vary so much we are thoughtful to not judge others because painful maladies vary greatly from one patient to another.

10. We Are Not Drug Seekers

We are pain relief seekers. Sometimes our medical treatment does require the use of opioids and other controlled substances to keep the pain under control and help us resume to as close to a normal life as we can. We just take it like any other medication. We dislike the side effects just like any other medication.

If you know someone with a chronic pain illness tell them you understand, and mean it. Is there anything else we should tell our friends without chronic pain?

Troy Wagstaff ©

Christian Theme Memes

Christian Theme Memes

These are Christian themed memes or word pictures. Feel free to use these Christian memes for free. CallahanWriter retains the copyright, the memes on this blog are free to use without modification. The various text used in these Christian memes or pictures comes from the Bible, some from Christian writers (credit is given when such is the case) and some of the text is written by CallahanWriter.  These  are public domain use for non commercial purposes.





























Living Sermon by Edgar A. Guest

Living Sermon by Edgar A. Guest




























Behold, I have engraven thee upon the palms of my hands




Bless The Lord who bears us up.



Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the places you can. All the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you can. John Wesley


Do what you can and pray for what you cannot do.






God gave us mouths that close and ears that don’t. That must tell us something…


Stress makes you believe everything has to happen right now…Faith reassures you that everything will happen in Gods Timing.



Footprints In the Sand


The first to forgive is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forgive is the happiest.



Forgiveness: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, you Heavenly Father will forgive you. CallahanWriter.



Please forgive us our trespasses as we forgive others their trespasses against us.



Forgiveness allows you to stop carrying the burden and pain associated with whatever hurt you.



Forgiveness is more important to the victim than it is for the victimizer.




When God speaks and a man that men will always will be right. Thomas s. Monson.


Everything happens for a reason. Oh really? Everything happens for one of two reasons…Consequences or because God wills it so.



Trusting God’s plan for your everyday life is equally  as important as trusting God’s plan for your eternal life.





A Christian is someone who believes Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the light, and the only way to gain salvation.







Jesus Is My Hope

Jesus Is My Hope

Jesus Is My Hope







To Judge Or Not To Judge, That Is The Question.

To Judge Or Not To Judge, That Is The Question Of this Opinion Piece

Judging others and being judged by others seems to be a big deal in our American society. It makes sense that “judging others” is a big concern for the non secular (religious oriented) segment of society. The Bible teaches the point of not judging others. The secular (nonreligious) part of our society seems equally concerned about the topic of not judging others.

Why is “judging others” such a big deal? Is it because people, don’t want to be judged? Is it because the non secular lean on Biblical teachings that judging others is bad and let God be the judge?

There could be many other reasons for the assertion not to judge others. I will restrain this opinion piece to the two issues mentioned: For the secular, don’t judge others because no one wants to be the subject of someone’s judgment and to the non secular aspect of Bible teachings on judgment.

My background is in Christianity and the biblical teachings of not judging others and knowing that God is the real judge of my actions and the actions of everyone else. I find it odd that secular society is concerned about not judging others and not wanting to be judged. Because they are in the secular category, they have no fear of being judged by God which should lift a great deal of weight of their shoulders.

For them, I think the issue is more about other people judging them and making them feel bad about themselves.

I think it is easy to understand the point of view that no one wants to be judged because being judged means that you have done something wrong or that someone disapproves of your actions. This can make one feel bad about oneself. No one wants to feel bad about themselves. If anyone is in this category of thought then they should be reminded that it does not matter what people think about you what matters is what you think about yourself.

Do you give power to others to make you feel bad? Do you keep all power to yourself on how you think about yourself? Eleanor Roosevelt has oft been quoted with this statement: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” So if someone is “judging” you, big deal. Who cares? Only you can make yourself feel bad.

For the non secular demographic the issue of judgment becomes more complicated. We contend with the issues of not judging others even though we must do it every day. We also need to deal with the knowledge that God is our judge and we need to keep His commandments to get a favorable judgment.

The Bible tells us clearly not to judge, “judge not, for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall also be judged.” Most Christians just leave it at the level of not judging others, but like I said we do it every day. Let me illustrate a few examples of how we judge every day.

If your neighbor asked your 12-year-old daughter to babysit his kids for the evening and you knew that one of the parents was a convicted pedophile would you let your daughter accept the babysitting job? No, of course not. Putting a child in front of a pedophile is like putting an alcoholic drink in front of a reformed alcoholic.

If your 16-year-old daughter was asked out by a convicted rapist would you tell her to have a good time or would you tell her that she will not be going out with that man?

Say you come across two street vendors and they are both selling a certain type of wallet that you like. One is handmade, is strong, durable and will last a very long time. The other is mass-produced, has the same features as the handmade wallet but is $5.00 cheaper. Which wallet do you choose? It doesn’t matter, the point is that you have to judge or weigh the options of both choices and determine which is best for you. But you must judge.

In the case of the babysitting job for the known pedophile or the date with a known rapist you have to judge the same way. You weigh the options and look at the possibilities and decide if it is worth taking a chance.

There are all kinds of examples of the many ways in which we judge every day. So we must consider the second part of the statement from the Bible about judging others. “Judge not, for with what judgement ye judge, ye shall also be judged.” The first part is “judge not” the second aspect of the sentence is “with what judgment ye judge, ye shall also be judged.”

So if you want a righteous or favorable judgment in the great day of judgment you will make all your judgments righteously. God knows the intents and desires of your heart. If you’re judging righteously or attempting to judge righteously then God will look with favor upon you in the day of judgment.

Speaking to both demographics, the secular and non secular, I think we should consider the term “judging others” may be a bit over done. What I mean by this is that we may often use or feel that the judging of others as a way to put others down in order to make us feel better about our self. We may use “judging” as a way to insult others. Really that’s not judging others as much as it is just being mean and rude.

The act of judging is a means of weighing the various sides of an issue to make a decision. Is “xxx” good or bad, right or wrong, good for me or bad for me wondering about the consequences of either choice?

I think this is where tolerance comes into play. You may decide there is a need to judge someone. Go ahead and judge that person according to your belief system but be tolerant of that person and their beliefs. That person can be judged by you but you can still treat him or her fairly and with the respect they deserve. Just because you have judged their views as “wrong” in your eyes doesn’t mean you can’t be civil toward them and courteous to them.

As this article is being written, the elections are a week away. The closer to voting day the more vitriolic the add campaigns get. There’s no excuse for that but during the heated debates and after the election results are in we should all be tolerant of each other “learn to give each other what we need to survive…in perfect harmony” as the wise song “Ebony and Ivory” advocates.

My best friend is a life long friend of 47 years. I don’t agree with everything he believes. I have judged some of his views as incompatible with mine and vice versa. But we get along well, we’ve been there for each other and supported each other over the years.

Judging has its rightful place in the lives of either demographic but it does not need to get in the way of how we feel about ourselves. Making judgments doesn’t need to make us feel like we have sinned if we have used the process of judging wisely.

Troy Wagstaff ©

Avoid Being Deceived – By Their Fruits…

Avoid Being Deceived

Living a Christian life, is full of service, love, and being with people while in the act of service or in the act of worship in church meetings or in Sunday school or study groups.

Because a good Christian is actively interacting with many different people in many different ways, it is possible for an honest and sincere Christian to be deceived. An honest and sincere Christian that is being deceived, is a sad and confused Christian.

But it doesn’t have to be that way and the Scriptures help us understand what to do to avoid being deceived. In fact, the solution to this whole “avoiding deception” idea can be applied to a Christian’s life across the span of his life.

Avoiding being deceived doesn’t mean we have to be distrustful of people it just means that we need to keep our eyes open and our roots firmly planted in proper gospel soil.

Let us look at one popular passage of Scripture that is repeated in the Bible more than once, it talks about how to avoid being deceived.

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Let’s break this passage down into a few separate parts for analysis: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

What are false prophets? For the purposes of this article I submit that a false prophet is anyone that comes to you with the intent to deceive you, and lead you away from a sure foundation, and lead you away from Jesus Christ.

We can be deceived and led away from Jesus from forces within Christendom and without.

We need to understand that with Jesus and his gospel comes, glorious eternal hope, and with that an abiding piece and contentment. Anything that leads us away from that could be considered “a false prophet” or an agent of the evil one.

What do they look like? What do they sound like? How do they go about doing these evil things? There is no limit to what this evil looks like or sounds like or how this evil works. But we will all know how to judge it when it tries to happen to us.

Also keep in mind that these false prophets look good on the outside but are inwardly ravening wolves. We can see this evil in our entertainment, or in so-called art. We can see it in public discourse and among our peers. Unfortunately, we can even see it among those Christians with whom we worship with. But we do not need to be afraid and paranoid and constantly worried. All we need to do is analyze that passage of Scripture that we read earlier in this article. We’ve already talked about the wolves in sheep’s clothing or false prophets, now let’s look about how to judge or determine whether they are good or evil.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

This passage uses fruit as a comparison, but what is the fruit being compared to? Often these kinds of comparisons are left open ended because they can have many different comparisons and our list will not include all of the different types of fruit that could be used to deceive us. To fully determine what all the fruit means for you, is up to you to determine based on how well you know yourself.

But let’s look at several common comparisons that could be the fruit that deceives us. The

evil-one knows our weaknesses and everyone has different weaknesses, but the master deceiver knows how too customized the temptation according to our weaknesses in unique and subtle ways.

Pride for some is a weakness. Someone or something could come across your path and tempt you with pride. Someone or something to come across your path and tempt you with ill-gotten gains. Someone or something could come across your path and tempt you with sex. Someone or something could come across your path and tempt you with unrighteous power.

Ask yourself, “what are my witnesses?” That will help you be on the lookout for things to avoid, and avoid people who could tempt you.

The analogy for comparison goes on to ask, can a thorn bush produce delicious grapes? Can you get figs from a thicket of thistles? The answer to these questions is simply no. Does pornography bring you closer to God? The answer is no. The Bible is replete with commandments and discussions about chastity and not to lust after women, so of course pornography cannot lead you into the loving arms of your Savior.

Can you pluck peace from a tree of lying and deception? Can you pluck the fruit of joy from the tree of crime? Abusing your spouse or children is not an activity that will inspire you and uplift your soul heavenward.

Any temptations to do evil that you give into, or any evil act that you are involved in is like plucking grapes from a Bush of thistles. You can try all you want but it won’t happen. The only way you’re going to get delicious grapes is if you pluck the grapes from the grapevine. In this case the grapevine represents the word of God as taught to us from the sacred Scriptures, not from evil acts and not from giving into temptations that tempt your weaknesses.

Anyone who comes into your life through the media or in person that inspires you to do things that are evil or that appeals to your weaknesses are the grapes from thorns and the fig from thistles.

By their fruits you shall know them. If someone you look up to for being worthy of emulation is found to be a drug user or an abuser or in some other way involved in wicked activity then you know their fruits are no good and you know that you’re not going to get grapes or figs from them. From such, turn away and don’t be deceived. You know what your weaknesses are and you do not need people in your life that tempt you toward your weaknesses or encourage and enable you in your weaknesses.

That’s why we are taught this important lesson about judging people by their fruits. If they have good fruit then we know that they are worthy to be in our life and that we don’t need to fear them to tempt us or lead us astray. This is not to say that we need to avoid everybody that doesn’t have good fruits, but we just have to be careful how we interact with people according to their fruit.

We have people in our life that we love like our family and good friends, and we have people in our life that can help inspire us and motivate us to good fruit and then there are people in our lives that we choose to try and help them and be a good tree with good fruit for their tree of life. As long as we keep that straight then we know how to avoid being deceived and by the same lesson we know how help others not be deceived.

Distilled down to the purest elements…to avoid being deceived simply means judging that person by their fruits and how they tempt your own evil fruits or inspire your good fruits.

If this Christian article has pricked your conscience and you feel like your life is not in complete harmony with The Lord then repent. To repent means to have a change of heart and a desire to improve yourself. With the tender mercies of the atonement of Jesus Christ and your godly sorrow, The Lord will forgive you of your sins and set you on a clean path once again.

Stay strong in the faith my friends in Christ.

Troy Wagstaff

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