Friday 5: July 22, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I'm trying something different today! I've been missing the weekly fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news posts. Since I started to publish them semimonthly, it feels like I'm not giving you the most up-to-date fibromyalgia/ME/CFS news in a timely manner. So, I'm going to try something called Friday 5 for a few weeks and see if this works better! Each Friday, I'll send you 5 interesting tidbits from the fibromyalgia and ME/CFS communities. This way, you'll always get the latest news, but you won't be overwhelmed with a LONG ... LONG ... LONG post of links. Let me know how you like it! This … [Read more...]


Futura Genetics review

Disclosure: I received a Futura Genetics DNA test as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Futura Genetics review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. Futura Genetics review ... Would you want to know if you were genetically predisposed to having certain life-altering conditions? I know not everyone feels this way, but I definitely would! For me, the more information I know about potential health issues, the better. It helps me to make better decisions regarding my health. So … [Read more...]


Why SAM-e is one of my favorite fibromyalgia supplements

This article on using SAM-e for fibromyalgia originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Always seek the counsel of your medical provider before starting or stopping any treatment. (This post contains affiliate links.) Without a doubt, SAM-e is the greatest gift that my fibromyalgia doctor has given me. Over the last nine months, it’s become one of my go-to supplements for managing daily … [Read more...]


Why are fibro researchers wasting time and money on the obvious?

This commentary was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Since I’ve been reporting on fibromyalgia, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome researchers. Even though it feels like a cure (or even an effective treatment) for fibromyalgia is far away, there are some incredibly committed, talented researchers out there who are working so hard to help us. I think some of them want the answers just as much as we do, and their perseverance and dedication is paying off. Nearly every month there’s another study … [Read more...]


Low-dose naltrexone: An effective treatment for ME/CFS?

The following article on low-dose naltrexone for ME/CFS was first published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Unlike fibromyalgia, there are no FDA-approved treatments for ME/CFS, leaving few options for relieving symptoms. But in recent years, a growing number of patients have started using a little-known drug called low-dose naltrexone (LDN) as an off-label treatment, and now an Alabama-based researcher is planning the first trial to find out if LDN actually reduces the symptoms of ME/CFS. The FDA approved naltrexone to treat addiction to … [Read more...]


June 27, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

The longer I live with chronic illness, the less faith I have in our medical system. Last week, I received lab results from my first round of blood work ordered by my new Lyme doctors. Their findings? My immune system is compromised, according to at least two of the immune function tests they ordered. In addition to Lyme, my body is fighting several other tick-borne co-infections. Epstein Barr virus also made an appearance, although my doctors say it's not currently active. It's no wonder I've been exhausted and in pain for years. My body has to be weary from fighting all those … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]

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