06.21.2016

5 unusual things to improve your sleep

This article on "5 Unusual Things to Improve Sleep" first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Nonrestorative sleep is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. But words like “nonrestorative” and “unrefreshing” don’t adequately describe fibromyalgia sleep. Instead, I like to reference one of my hubby’s favorite TV shows when I try to explain to healthy people what I feel like when I wake up in the morning. I call it “The Walking Dead” kind of tired. If you’ve ever watched the … [Read more...]

06.17.2016

The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion Review

I received free product in exchange for this The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion review. I received no financial compensation. All opinions are my own. The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion review A couple of months ago, my friend Julie over at Counting My Spoons introduced me to The Fay Farm's Healing CBD Hemp Lotion, and it quickly became my go-to body moisturizer. (You can read my Healing CBD Hemp Lotion review here.) It's ultra moisturizing, smells great and contains natural ingredients. The CBD helps my fibromyalgia pain. I thought it couldn't get better. I was wrong. There is a new love … [Read more...]

06.13.2016

It may not be “just fibro” | It could be Lyme disease

The following article on Lyme disease and fibromyalgia was first published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I never completely accepted my fibromyalgia diagnosis. It didn’t make sense to me that one day my body just decided to go haywire for no reason. I’ve always believed there must be an underlying cause for my fibromyalgia symptoms. Pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body. So is fatigue and the compendium of other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Once my doctors labeled me with fibromyalgia, they stopped … [Read more...]

06.10.2016

June 10, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

Top news ... Like the chronic pain community doesn't have enough problems. Now they want to tax opioids... Great news! The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will receive $3.2 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to find better ways to diagnose and treat ME/CFS. Lidocaine injections found to lessen fibromyalgia pain. This made me laugh so hard that I shed tears: "7 ways to cure your fibromyalgia"  Leafly.com: "Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia"   Research and treatments... HealthRising: "Wine Substance Beats Lyrica in … [Read more...]

06.06.2016

Environmental Detox: The Missing Link to Treating Chronic Pain Naturally?

Editor's note: Those of us with fibromyalgia or ME/CFS are notoriously sensitive to everything ... smells, lights, noises, medications, supplements, specific foods ... and the list goes on and on.  I've taken steps over the past few years to limit my exposure to certain toxins. I replaced most of my harsh cleaners with more natural ones like vinegar and baking soda. I've cut out fast food, junk food, sodas and pretty much anything with ingredients that I don't understand. I went gluten free six months ago and am trying to get motivated to cut dairy. Despite these changes, I'm still … [Read more...]

06.03.2016

My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief

The original version of "My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief" was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It has been updated and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) I bet that headline caught your attention. I know it did because I’ve read my share of these types of articles over the years, hoping one of my fellow fibromyalgia warriors finally figured out a way to bring my suffering to an end. But if you have fibromyalgia, then you know it is the ficklest of conditions. What works for one of us does not … [Read more...]

05.26.2016

Three new fibromyalgia drugs could be on the way

The following article on new fibromyalgia drugs was first published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. During the year following my fibromyalgia diagnosis, my rheumatologist prescribed five different drugs in an attempt to relieve my pain. None of them worked. The current fibromyalgia drugs on the market are notoriously ineffective. I remember my rheumatologist sharing a surprising statistic that I’ve since verified through my own research: The most effective fibromyalgia drugs only provide at least a 50 percent reduction in pain … [Read more...]

05.24.2016

My new diagnosis…

I've always believed fibromyalgia may have underlying causes. Over the past few months, I've interviewed a number of researchers who posit different theories on what triggers fibromyalgia. Brain inflammation, viruses and an endocannabinoid deficiency are just a few of the reasons they've cited. Since my fibro diagnosis, I've repeatedly said to my family and fibro friends that it feels like I'm missing something - that there's a reason I'm not getting better even though I've committed myself to recovery. I just couldn't figure out my missing link. But yesterday, I may have finally found … [Read more...]

05.20.2016

May 20, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I know every single one of you can relate to the story I'm getting ready to share. For those of you who are my regular readers, you'll know I've been having neuropathy in my feet for several months now. My podiatrist had referred me to a neurologist with orders to run blood tests to see if there is a dicernable cause for my neuropathy. After waiting six weeks for an appointment, I finally saw the neurologist earlier this week.  It ended up being a complete waste of time and a $25 co-pay! Based on recent blood tests from my family doctor, the neurologist quickly ruled out the most common … [Read more...]

05.18.2016

IMC-1 antiviral combo may be next blockbuster fibromyalgia drug

This story on Dr. William "Skip" Pridgen's IMC-1 fibromyalgia drug combination was first published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Is IMC-1 the next big thing? A general surgeon with a small practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Dr. William “Skip” Pridgen admits he’s an unlikely creator for the next blockbuster fibromyalgia drug. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fast tracked Pridgen’s novel pairing of famciclovir (Famvir), a common antiviral, with celecoxib (Celebrex), an anti-inflammatory arthritis drug, for a … [Read more...]