02.17.2017

Friday 5: Feb. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Pain News Network: Medicare planning to adopt CDC opioid guidelines and how to stop it! Bad news for the chronic pain community! 2. Prohealth: Getting well - A chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia mind game HealthRising's Cort Johnson shares an effective goal-setting strategy for the chronically ill. This feeds right into my type A personality and maybe yours, too.  3. Counting My Spoons: 13 ways Amazon Alexa can help those with chronic illness This little gadget sounds awesome!  4. Oregon Health & Science University: Maternal chronic pain study OHSU is seeking … [Read more...]

02.13.2017

Vital Health Saunas review | How I’m using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia and Lyme

Heating pads, electric blankets and hot baths are top pain-fighting tools for many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included. A couple of months ago, I decided to increase my use of heat therapy and invest in an infrared sauna at the suggestion of my Lyme/fibromyalgia doctor. There are many benefits to using an infrared sauna, but I specifically purchased mine for pain relief and detoxification. My doctor explained that using an infrared sauna would help me to flush out toxins as the Lyme bacteria dies off during treatment, reducing my overall symptoms. There's some research indicating using … [Read more...]

02.10.2017

Friday 5: Feb. 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. The Zebra Mom: 9 ways to keep the romance alive when you're chronically ill Just in time for Valentine's Day!  2. HuffPost: How gut bacteria is helping to unpack chronic fatigue syndrome A malfunctioning gut is being implicated in all sorts of conditions now, including ME/CFS. 3.  The Mighty: How I simplified my routine so I can live a normal life with fibromyalgia Contributor Violet B. discusses how making small changes have enabled her to live a more normal life.  4. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia patients seen to benefit from moderate exercise, … [Read more...]

02.06.2017

Physician says fibromyalgia misdiagnosis is rampant

The following Q & A with Dr. David Brady about the commonality of fibromyalgia misdiagnosis was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  When I stumbled upon my first podcast with Dr. David Brady last year, I knew I had to bring his important message to the fibromyalgia community. Dr. Brady’s message is one that I wish I had heard years ago when I was struggling with my first fibromyalgia symptoms, and it’s a message that hit me personally last spring when I was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

02.03.2017

Friday 5: Feb. 3, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Prohealth: Long-term fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferer recovers after 20+ years and tells her story (video, 31 minutes) We don't hear about recovery stories very often!  2. Prohealth: How to let go and actually ease fibro pain Columnist Boni Wagner-Stafford shares tips for managing life after fibromyalgia.  3. HealthRising: Acupressure mats for better sleep in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome I actually have one of these, but I'm not sure if I could ever sleep on it! Could you?  4. HealthRising: The NIH’s five-year funding increase for chronic fatigue syndrome … [Read more...]

02.01.2017

23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]

01.27.2017

Friday 5: Jan. 27, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. HealthRising.org: A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)/Fibromyalgia Lifestyle: What Works for Me Blogger Darden Burns shares how she manages her fibromyalgia and ME/CFS symptoms with lifestyle changes.  2. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics: Dietary and nutrition interventions for the therapeutic treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic review A new meta-analysis finds there's insufficient evidence to support the use of nutritional supplements or modified/elimination diets for relieving ME/CFS symptoms.   3. The Autoimmune Revolution … [Read more...]

01.20.2017

Friday 5: Jan. 20, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. TED Talk: Jennifer Brea on "What happens when you have a disease doctors can't diagnose" (video, 17 minutes) The very first TED Talk on ME/CFS. This is big!  2. Prohealth: Ultrasound therapy for fibromyalgia and Lyme disease Columnist Lindsay Christensen shares how she's using therapeutic ultrasound for fibromyalgia pain.  3. Laara Van Bryce: Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Summit This free 10-day webinar series featuring Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum starts on Monday, Jan. 23.  4. Cindy Perlin: What to do if you're abruptly cut off from your opioids Since the Centers for Disease … [Read more...]

01.16.2017

A year in review: 2016’s top fibromyalgia news

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  As I reviewed headline after headline to compile this list of top fibromyalgia-related news stories from 2016, I became more and more frustrated. Another year has passed, and yet again we've learned little about fibromyalgia. We don't know what causes it. There's no widely accepted diagnostic test. We still don't have any treatments that consistently work well for everyone. When coupled with the federal government's crackdown on opioids and natural pain … [Read more...]

01.13.2017

Friday 5: Jan. 13, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

(This post contains an affiliate link.) 1. Pain News Network: Experts say weather’s not to blame for your pain Millions of chronic pain sufferers would heartily disagree!  2. #MEAction: Unrest film pre-premiere Q&A with Jen Brea Jen Brea, director of "Unrest," an upcoming documentary about ME/CFS, will conduct a live, virtual Q & A this Sunday. Registration details at the link! 3. Pain Pathways magazine: 6 ways to find calm in the storm of chronic pain Pain Pathways magazine shares several mind-body strategies for reducing pain.  4. Huffington Post: Can light treatment … [Read more...]

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