Archives for April 2016

04.28.2016

15 helpful tips for cooking & cleaning your kitchen when you’re chronically ill

The following article, "15 helpful tips for cooking & cleaning your kitchen when you’re chronically ill," was first published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Disclaimer: One of the most important things I've learned about fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and Lyme 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, much less load the … [Read more...]

04.21.2016

An interview with Linda Elsegood, editor of “The LDN Book”

If you're a subscriber, then you may know I'm a big fan of low-dose naltrexone (LDN) as a treatment for fibromyalgia. It's the only pharmaceutical that's ever helped to relieve my pain. Two small Stanford University studies have shown LDN to be more effective than any of the three drugs approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia. And yet, few fibromyalgia sufferers know about this drug and how effective it can be at relieving pain. I'm doing my part to change that! And so is Linda Elsegood, founder of the LDN Research Trust and editor of "The LDN Book," … [Read more...]

04.18.2016

Could fibromyalgia be caused by an endocannabinoid deficiency?

The story below about a possible link between fibromyalgia and a deficiency in the body's endocannabinoid system first appeared on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. Visit nearly any online fibromyalgia support group, and you’ll almost always read a few testimonials from patients who say cannabis is the only thing that’s ever relieved their pain. In 2014, a survey of more than 1,300 fibromyalgia patients by the National Pain Foundation and National Pain Report found medical marijuana is more effective than Lyrica, Cymbalta or … [Read more...]

04.11.2016

April 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS research news

We received big news earlier this month when we learned the Drug Enforcement Administration (U.S.) had notified federal legislators that it may be rescheduling cannabis by summer. (I put "may be" in bold because of course the DEA wouldn't be putting out a report to U.S. lawmakers if rescheduling wasn't actually going to happen.) This is great news for the fibromyalgia community because rescheduling will finally make it easier for researchers to study the pain-relieving properties of cannabis. A lot of fibro warriors are already using cannabis to treat pain, but we need good, solid research … [Read more...]

04.06.2016

More insurance companies now paying for FM/a fibromyalgia test

The story below on the FM/a fibromyalgia test first appeared on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. (Note: I have no financial interest in EpicGenetics or the FM/a fibromyalgia test.)  Do you have a family member, friend or physician who doubts you have fibromyalgia? Well, there’s a little-known test you may not have heard of that could finally prove you’re really sick. In 2013, Los Angeles-based biomedical company EpicGenetics made international headlines when it introduced FM/a, the first ever fibromyalgia test. While FM/a hasn’t … [Read more...]

04.04.2016

The Fay Farm Healing CBD Hemp Lotion and Warming CBD Muscle Rub Review

I received The Fay Farm Healing CBD Hemp Lotion and Warming CBD Muscle Rub to try in exchange for this review. I received no financial compensation. All opinions are my own.  If you read my recent "how I'm doing update," then you know it's been a trying three months for me. Despite making improvements in sleep, fatigue and gastrointestinal issues, I've still been experiencing quite a bit of fibromyalgia pain over the winter months. My feet have caused the worst of it because they're constantly tingling and burning now from neuropathy. It's made it hard to get even basic things done … [Read more...]

04.01.2016

Adult coloring: How a favorite childhood pastime can help you manage chronic illness

This story on using adult coloring to manage chronic illness was originally published on Prohealth.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Every time I visit my local arts-and-crafts store, I stop by the display of adult coloring books and pencils near the front door. I pick up several of the books and flip through the pages, looking for one that wouldn’t put my obsessive compulsive tendencies into overdrive. (I admit I’m completely intimidated by some of the more intricate patterns.) I look at the packages of colored … [Read more...]

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