Friday Five: Oct. 21, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Pain News Network: Researchers discover brain signature for fibromyalgia This could be a game changer! 2. MD magazine: Fibromyalgia medication [pregabalin/Lyrica] can potentially relieve IBS-related pain 3. Bloomberg: Pfizer loses U.K. patent appeal over $4.8 billion Lyrica drug. And Pfizer plans to appeal in an attempt to hold onto its cash cow. 4. MEAction: NIH is seeking U.S.-based ME/CFS patients for focus groups to discuss post-exertional malaise. 5. Illness to Wellness: What a bad moment bag is and why everyone should have one This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com... … [Read more...]


Save money on your medical bills with Remedy

I was given the opportunity to try Remedy's medical bill savings service as part of a review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the service was a gift, all opinions in this review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company.  Here's the biggest understatement you'll probably read all day: Chronic illness is expensive! I've only been diagnosed with fibromyalgia for a little over two years, but in that time I've spent thousands out of pocket on medical bills, and the costs just keep adding up. Last year, I started having this nasty pain and … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Oct. 14, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Washington Post: The DEA has reversed its plan (at least temporarily) to classify kratom as a schedule I controlled substance and is seeking public comment through Dec. 1. Some fibromyalgia sufferers use the South Asian plant for pain relief. 2. National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association: Dr. Ginevra Liptan, a fibromyalgia specialist and fellow fibromyalgia warrior, will be answering questions during a free "Ask the Expert" webinar on Monday. Sign up here! (You might also enjoy my interview with Dr. Liptan. Her latest fibro book is one of the best on the market right … [Read more...]


Why you shouldn’t blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis

This column on "Why you shouldn't blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis" originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  I’d like to preface this column by saying I believe fibromyalgia is real. It exists, and it’s life altering. With that being said, I think those of us with fibromyalgia should question our diagnosis. I’ve been reading Dr. David Brady’s new book, “The Fibro Fix.” In it, he references a study in the journal Rheumatology indicating only 34 percent of … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Oct. 7, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. National Pain Report: The DEA is reducing the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that can be manufactured in the United States next year. 2. ME Australia: Gene differences found in severe myalgic encephalomyelitis patients 3. Medscape: Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia may be linked 4. Grace is Sufficient: One of my favorite fibro bloggers, Kimberly Penix over at Grace is Sufficient, just started this year's "Grace through the Holidays" series. Over the next few weeks, she'll guide us through small steps we can take to prepare for the … [Read more...]


Eli Lilly settles Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits

This update on the Cymbalta lawsuit settlement was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being  republished here with permission from the editor.  Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company has quietly settled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits involving patients who claim they experienced withdrawal symptoms while quitting Cymbalta. When asked for an update on the cases, Robin McCall, media relations director for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., one of the firms handling the cases, wrote in an email, “All we can say is that the suit has been resolved.” Lilly is also … [Read more...]


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

1. Pain News Network: Is fibromyalgia caused by childhood trauma?  2. National Pain Report: Fibromyalgia documentary will be released at film festivals next year 3. MEAction: Check out the great press coverage from this week's #MillionsMissing events to raise awareness for ME/CFS 4. Dr. Podell: Namenda - A potential new treatment for fibromyalgia 5. Fibromyalgia News Today: Review finds nondrug, complementary health approaches effective for pain relief in fibromyalgia And an extra... There are still a few more days to enjoy The Detox Project webinar series. You can sign up for free … [Read more...]


Congressional members ask DEA to delay kratom ban

This article on the DEA's plan to ban kratom, an herb used by some fibromyalgia sufferers for pain relief, originally published on National Pain Report. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  More than 50 congressional members have asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to delay its plan to classify kratom as a schedule I controlled substance beginning Oct. 1. In a letter delivered to acting DEA administrator Charles P. Rosenberg on Monday, the members of Congress urged the agency “to delay a final decision on the placement of kratom as a … [Read more...]


Vital Plan Restore review

Disclosures: I was given the Vital Plan Restore Program as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Vital Plan Restore review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post may contain affiliate links. I know a lot of us with fibromyalgia have become supplement junkies. We've spent small fortunes on bottles of vitamins and herbs in search of a magic pill that's going to take away our pain and give us back our vitality. But very few of these products have made a difference in my … [Read more...]


Friday Five: Sept. 23, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Stat: How bad science misled millions with chronic fatigue syndrome There's a new analysis of the controversial ME/CFS PACE trial. As it turns out, the data doesn't support the previous results indicating cognitive behavioral therapy and exercise as the best treatments for ME/CFS. If you'd like to skip directly to the analysis, you can find it here. 2. BBC News: Fibromyalgia to be recognized as long-term condition Great news for the fibro community! The Patient and Client Council in Northern Ireland has officially acknowledged fibromyalgia is a long-term condition. It's another … [Read more...]

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