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...]


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...]


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...]


What I’m doing instead of resolutions this year

This post was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I have a love/hate relationship with New Year's resolutions. The high-achiever, gotta-get-it-done-no-matter-what side of my personality absolutely loves the idea of setting goals for the coming year and mapping out a plan to achieve them. I'm one of those people who gets a little buzz every time I cross something off my to-do list. Then there's another part of me who thinks the whole idea of taking on new projects in January - one of the coldest, most miserable … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Jan. 6, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I think one of the most frustrating things about fibromyalgia is how variable it is. As fibro symptoms go, I've felt pretty good the past three months. My pain levels have been fairly low, and with the exception of battling almost daily nausea from the Lyme medications I'm taking, I've felt better than I have in a long time.  And then, WHAM! January arrived, and Old Man Winter finally hit the East Coast. Wow, what the heck happened?!? I feel like I've been hit by a snow plow! We've had snow and rain a couple of times this week, the temperatures have dropped down into the 30s and 40s, and … [Read more...]


Are you creating more work for yourself?

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  This post was inspired by an unlikely source: the toilet paper under my bathroom sink (or really, the LACK of toilet paper). When we moved into our home three years ago, I couldn't find a good place to store our batteries, so I shoved them under the downstairs bathroom sink. Because the batteries took up so much space, I could only fit a small number of extra toilet paper rolls under the sink. That meant I was continually going up and down the stairs to grab … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 30, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Chaffee County Times: "University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia sufferers with 93 percent accuracy." This sounds like it could be a really big deal! 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Remeron may provide pain relief in fibromyalgia, Japanese study suggests Another antidepressant shows promise as a treatment for fibromyalgia.  3. PR Newswire: The AVACEN 100, an over-the-counter medical device has received approval in the European Union to treat fibromyalgia. This device is already available in the U.S. 4. Atlanta 11 … [Read more...]


FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top posts from 2016

2016 was an incredible year for FedUpwithFatigue.com! I am so proud of my little blog and everything it's accomplished since launching in early 2014. This year, I was thrilled to make HealthLine's top 10 list of best fibromyalgia blogs and to be nominated for HealthLine's best health blogs contest. (A special "thank you" to whoever nominated me!) I also was proud to reach this year's goal of 10,000+ email subscribers, making FedUpwithFatigue.com one of the largest fibromyalgia blogs. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of FedUpwithFatigue.com's … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 23, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I just wanted to take a quick minute to say happy holidays to all of my readers. I'm so grateful to each of you who take time each week to read my ramblings. This holiday season, I wish for you many low-pain days and enough energy to enjoy the things that really matter. Merry Christmas, everyone! 1. HealthRising: Coils, lasers and USB ports to the brain This is a great summary of some of the new fibromyalgia clinical trials in the works.  2. Arthritis Society: The Arthritis Society funds more medical cannabis research amid legalization speculation The Arthritis Society in Canada … [Read more...]


21 ways to spend Christmas alone

This article on spending Christmas alone was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Disclaimer: One of the most important things I've learned about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS is there is a wide spectrum of disability among our patient groups. Some of us lead pretty normal lives in spite of the pain, fatigue and other symptoms, and some of us have symptoms so severe that we can't get out of the bed. In compiling this list, I tried to come up with activities across the spectrum. Know your own limitations, use what you can … [Read more...]

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