Archives for March 2016

03.29.2016

I’m stalled … and here’s what I’m doing about it

It's been almost six months since my last "how I'm doing" update. The short answer, which I guess you already know from the title of this post, is I'm stalled. (This post contains affiliate links.) My longtime readers know I started working remotely with fibromyalgia specialist Dr. Rodger Murphree in August. As part of his six-month program, he overhauled my supplement regime and put me on an anti-inflammatory diet. (I wrote about my supplement and diet changes in my last update here.) I've made good progress since then: I lost 45 pounds! - Thanks to the anti-inflammatory … [Read more...]

03.24.2016

Week of March 21, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

Earlier this week, I stumbled upon PainFreeKitchen's YouTube channel. On it, fibromyalgia sufferer Rachel talks a lot about how what we eat impacts our symptoms. She says her fibromyalgia pain is gone after cutting gluten, dairy and soy from her diet. She's recovered to the point where she's doing bodybuilding and cardio most days of the week. Yep, I heard the eye rolls out there as you all just read that. I know you're tired of people saying if you just clean up your diet, then you'll feel better. I don't want to hear it either. Food is one of my favorite things in this world.  But her … [Read more...]

03.23.2016

New center would put fibromyalgia research on the fast track

This story was first published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Dr. Jarred Younger is the fibromyalgia community’s most impatient ally. For more than a decade, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher has been working on cracking the mystery of what causes fibromyalgia and how to treat it. He thinks it stems from brain inflammation, which prompts an overreaction of the body’s immune system. He has a dozen or so potential treatments that he’d love to test on patients to see if his theory is right, but he’s stymied … [Read more...]

03.17.2016

Week of March 14, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

The other day I was looking at my blog traffic stats for the past few months, and they confirmed the obvious: You guys really like the posts focusing on treatments and tips to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms. And then I noticed something else that wasn't as obvious to me: My weekly fibromyalgia news roundups get a lot less traffic than my treatment-related posts do.  So I've decided to switch things up. Starting next week, I will be reducing the weekly news posts to twice a month. Making this move will free up some time so I can write more of the posts that you all find useful. And of course, … [Read more...]

03.10.2016

Looking for an LDN friendly doctor? | A review of LDNDoctor.com

Disclosure: I received a free consultation in exchange for this review, but all opinions are my own. My subscribers know by now that I'm a huge fan of low dose naltrexone as a treatment for fibromyalgia. I took LDN for about nine months in 2015, and I will be starting back on it next week. (I'll give an update on how I'm changing my treatment protocol in an upcoming blog post.) LDN has helped to reduce my pain when no other pharmaceutical has, and I have a number of fibro friends who have benefited from it as well. A few weeks ago, I was asked by LDNDoctor.com if I would be interested in … [Read more...]

03.09.2016

Week of March 7, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I am so happy that spring has finally arrived on the East Coast! For those of us in the northern hemisphere, hopefully the warm weather will help to ease some of our aches and pains and boost our spirits. We had a mild winter here in Delaware compared to others, but it feels like the cold has been rattling my bones for months. I'm so over it! I've had my office windows wide open the past couple of days, and this perfect, sunny weather is making me a bit stir crazy. I just might have to take my laptop and other supplies out on the front porch and work there a bit. Wishing you lots of soft, warm … [Read more...]

03.03.2016

Review: MedNexus.io, a medical search engine for patients

This post is sponsored by MedNexus.io. All opinions expressed in this review are my own based on my experience. My mom had fibromyalgia and used to think doctors were gods. She was chronically ill for at least half of her life, and like so many of us with fibromyalgia, she went from doctor-to-doctor in search of answers. Her journey to get diagnosed and treated for fibro took place in the 1980s and 90s when awareness of our condition was even worse than it is now. Back then, there was no Internet (at least not in the way that we have it today), books on fibro were rare and access to … [Read more...]

03.02.2016

Week of Feb. 29, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

The ME/CFS community was all abuzz on Monday and with good reason! They received some big, big news: Australian researchers have identified new white blood cell markers, which may eventually lead to a diagnostic test for ME/CFS.  Some of us with fibromyalgia (myself included) were also cheering a bit because if ME/CFS and fibro are related as some researchers believe, then this Australian discovery could help us, too! Now on to this week's news... Top stories ... Pennsylvania pharmaceutical company is developing a THC patch for fibromyalgia. Time sensitive: Dr. Jarred Younger, … [Read more...]

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