Archives for June 2017

06.26.2017

An open letter to Eli Lilly and all patients affected by Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from my editor.  When I started blogging about fibromyalgia, I didn't know much about Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine). As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I'd only taken it for two days. My doctor had warned me Cymbalta could have severe side effects, but I was desperate for relief from my fibromyalgia symptoms so I asked him to let me try it. After walking around in a dazed fog with my brain buzzing for two days, I decided Cymbalta wasn't for me and moved on to trying other … [Read more...]

06.23.2017

Friday 5: June 23, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

This post contains affiliate links. 1. Dr. Jarred Younger: CFS subgroups (YouTube video, 10 minutes) Dr. Younger from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shares early results from an ongoing chronic fatigue study, which shows there may be different types of ME/CFS. This could be big! And it also has implications for fibromyalgia since some researchers believe fibro and ME/CFS are the same condition with a different manifestation of symptoms.  2. Dr. Ginevra Liptan: Effective natural pain relief for fibromyalgia Dr. Liptan, a fibromyalgia specialist who also has fibro, shares her … [Read more...]

06.19.2017

Why I no longer depend on research-backed treatments (and maybe you shouldn’t either)

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Earlier this week, there was a woman who unsubscribed from my Facebook group because she said members were posting too much information "with zero science to back anything up." It's a complaint I've heard before, and I do understand her concern. In a perfect world, we would have a smorgasbord of research-backed treatments for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic Lyme, some of them would actually work and we'd all get better. But that's not reality. The … [Read more...]

06.16.2017

Friday 5: June 16, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

This post contains affiliate links.  1. National Pain Report: 10 things never to say to your doctor about chronic pain I know parts of this article may be upsetting to some - I had a few knee-jerk reactions myself - but I'm sharing it anyway because I think it's helpful to see things from another's point of view.  2. Bloomberg: FDA could act to pull more opioid pain pills from the U.S. market More potentially bad news for those who use opioids for chronic pain.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Both gluten-free and low-calorie diets ease gastrointestinal ills in fibromyalgia, study … [Read more...]

06.12.2017

Fibro warrior develops exercise program just for us!

This article about Autoimmune Strong was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains an affiliate link.  Exercise is a sore subject (literally!) in the fibromyalgia and Lyme communities. That's why I've avoided writing about it for so long. I know a lot of you will agree with me when I say I'm sick of hearing doctors and researchers tell me that I'll feel better if I just exercise. But I also know, based on the current research, they're probably right. The problem is when we're struggling to get the … [Read more...]

06.09.2017

Friday 5: June 9, 2017 fibromyalgia, Lyme and chronic fatigue news

1. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and autoimmunity (YouTube video, 15 minutes) I often have people ask if fibromyalgia is considered to be an autoimmune condition. Here's your answer... 2. Prohealth: 6 signs of iron deficiency in fibromyalgia For some people, iron deficiency could be contributing to the severity of their fibromyalgia symptoms. (Caution: Too much iron can be dangerous, so physicians advise to always test your levels before taking an iron supplement.) 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: 10 items every fibromyalgia patient should have Columnist Robin Dix shares a list of … [Read more...]

06.05.2017

Using a weighted blanket for fibromyalgia

This article on using a weighted blanket for fibromyalgia was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Growing up in a drafty farmhouse, my mom would always add an extra blanket or two to my bed during winter. I remember feeling comforted by the weight of the blankets as I drifted off to sleep. Turns out, there's a physiological reason for why I felt so calm and secure under those blankets. The added weight caused my body to release serotonin, a feel-good hormone that promotes peace and well-being. As adults, we … [Read more...]

06.02.2017

Friday 5: June 2, 2016 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Skeptical researchers say not enough evidence to support CAM [complementary and alternative medicine] therapy in battling FM pain From the article: "Acupuncture is the only type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapy that has shown any promise in relieving pain among people with fibromyalgia (FM), and even its benefits are not entirely accepted by the medical community, according to a recent study on the topic." 2. TheMighty.com: 23 spoonie hacks that can make life with chronic illness way easier In case you don't know what a spoonie is, … [Read more...]

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