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...]

05.16.2016

Quell wearable pain relief review + interview

Disclosure: I was given a Quell device as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Quell wearable pain relief review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. (This post contains affiliate links.) When my friend Julie over at Chronic Illness Bloggers asked me about trialing the Quell wearable pain relief device, I'll admit I wasn't expecting much. In recent months, I've read about several gadgets that propose to relieve fibromyalgia pain, and they all seemed pretty far-fetched to me. … [Read more...]

05.12.2016

What I wish others knew about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS …

Well, today's the day...May 12, 2016 - International ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! Last month, I posed a question to my blog readers and social media followers: What would you like for others to know about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS? My inbox was flooded with answers, and you guys didn't hold back! As promised, I've compiled a sampling of the responses below. I've also created graphics that you're welcome to share on social media to raise awareness for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS on this day (or any day, for that matter). If you missed my prior invitation, feel free to share what … [Read more...]

05.11.2016

When a doctor gives up on a patient…

I've been working remotely with a fibromyalgia specialist for the past nine months, and we had our final phone consult on Monday. My contract is up this month, and I won't be renewing for another three months. I think we're both relieved. Our phone calls had become more tense and uncomfortable over the past few months. At some point, it became evident to both of us that I was going to be THAT patient ... that patient who isn't getting better ... that patient who isn't going to be a success story. My doctor likes to publish patient success stories on his website, and I'd read so … [Read more...]

05.09.2016

ProHealth FibroSleep review + giveaway

Disclosure: I was given a bottle of ProHealth FibroSleep™ as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this FibroSleep review remain my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.  I've had several doctors over the years tell me fibromyalgia, at its heart, is mostly a sleep disorder. There's some evidence to support that. Last year, Dr. Victor Rosenfeld from SouthCoast Health in Savannah, Georgia, published a study, which showed the presence of alpha waves in the brains of fibromyalgia patients … [Read more...]

05.05.2016

An interview with Dr. Ginevra Liptan, author of “The FibroManual” + giveaway

I'm excited today to bring you an interview with Dr. Ginevra Liptan, founder of The Frida Center for Fibromyalgia and author of "Figuring Out Fibromyalgia." Dr. Liptan just released her latest book, "The FibroManual: A Complete Fibromyalgia Treatment Guide for You and Your Doctor," earlier this week, and it's already a bestseller in her category on Amazon. Congrats, Dr. Liptan! (This post contains affiliate links.) A quick review ... I had an opportunity to read an advanced copy of "The FibroManual" last month, and I have to say it's one of the best fibromyalgia books I've read since … [Read more...]

05.03.2016

May 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS research news

Can you believe it's already May? I swear it seems the days disappear like the snapping of fingers. I've started the doctor shuffle again with several medical appointments scheduled this month. My nurse practitioner recently ordered some routine bloodwork, and I'll get the results tomorrow. I know my cholesterol levels are back up (thanks, Mom and Dad, for my wonderful genes), so I'll have to battle with her over wanting to put me back on a statin. My fibro specialist says supplementing with red rice yeast is a natural alternative to prescription statins. I'm pretty sure that's going to … [Read more...]