Archives for February 2016

02.26.2016

Fibro warriors share their best tips for reducing symptoms

Last month, I asked several of my fellow bloggers to share their best tips for reducing fibro symptoms. At the end of the post, I invited readers to chime in with their own tips. This post highlights some of their responses. We all know there is no cure for fibromyalgia - at least not yet - but there are steps we can take to try to reduce and manage symptoms. Until the research can tell us more about fibromyalgia and the best way to treat it, I think it's a valuable exercise for us to share what's working and what's not, so we can learn from each other. These sharing posts are a way to do … [Read more...]

02.25.2016

Week of Feb. 22, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I received some great news this week! You'll soon be seeing more of me online because I've been hired as National Pain Report's new fibromyalgia editor. I'm so excited to become a weekly contributor for NPR because I'll be able to raise awareness for our community while writing about the latest research, treatments and other areas of interest to fibromyalgia sufferers. My NPR stories will be posted here, so you won't miss a thing! Another highlight of my week was interviewing Dr. Jarred Younger who is probably best known for his research on using low-dose naltrexone as a treatment for … [Read more...]

02.18.2016

Week of Feb. 15, 2016 fibromyalgia & ME/CFS news

I believe that all of us with fibromyalgia and/or ME/CFS are on our own treatment journey. That's so evident when you ask sufferers what's helped with their symptoms. There is never a single answer. What works for one of us does not necessarily work for others.  There are many in the fibromyalgia community (and their doctors) who have chosen the path of using opiates to manage pain. Currently, there's an ongoing debate over when opiates should be prescribed and the issues of addiction and dependence. People on both sides of the issue are digging in their heels. Pain patients say they need … [Read more...]

02.16.2016

How going gluten free may help with fibromyalgia

Pain News Network recently published my story on the link between increased symptoms of fibromyalgia and gluten. I'm reprinting that story here with permission from the editor.  I know some of you probably rolled your eyes when you read the headline of this story. I know that because I used to do the same thing. Since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I've heard countless people talk about the link between fibromyalgia and gluten, and how going gluten free improved their symptoms. Whenever I'd hear that, I'd always think the same thing: "Fibro can be a living hell of pain and fatigue … [Read more...]

02.11.2016

Week of Feb. 8, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I haven't felt fibro foggy over the past few weeks, but evidently I'm wrong.  Earlier this week when I got in the shower, I washed my hair, shaved my legs and washed my face. As I was toweling off, it occurred to me that I couldn't remember if I'd actually washed my body or not! I had to hop back in the shower to make sure I completed the job!  Then yesterday, the mail arrived, and a letter I'd sent off last week came back undelivered. Apparently, I'd forgotten to put a stamp on it and thought the magical post office fairies would deliver it to its destination. In 40+ years on this … [Read more...]

02.05.2016

Week of Feb. 1, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I really hope this weekend is more uneventful than the last one. Hubby made a surprise visit to the emergency room last Friday, and it was well into Saturday evening before I was able to bust him out of the hospital. (He's doing fine.)  We stopped on the way home to pick up salads for dinner. At bedtime, I noticed my stomach felt yucky. I took some Pepto and Tums and went to bed. Two hours later, I was sitting on the toilet while holding the trashcan. This continued for the rest of the night and into Sunday. The doctor at the emergency clinic said I either had food poisoning or a stomach … [Read more...]

02.04.2016

Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms prompt lawsuits

As my long-time readers know, I've been closely following the lawsuits related to Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms on FedUpwithFatigue.com. I was recently asked by Prohealth.com to update their readers on the Cymbalta lawsuits. I'm reprinting that story here with the editor's permission.  I've created a special resources page for anyone interested in Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms and the pending lawsuits. It includes all of FedUpwithFatigue’s Cymbalta-related posts, links to news stories, support groups and other useful information. Update 10/25/16: The Cymbalta lawsuits have been … [Read more...]

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