Hi everyone! I thought I’d give you a quick health update because it’s been a while since my last one. As some of you know, I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in May.
I’ve been struggling with treatment. Actually I guess it would be more accurate to say I’ve been struggling to START treatment. My doctor has been good about adding supplements and drugs slowly over time in order to minimize side effects. I was able to add in the recommended supplements with minimal issues, and my body seemed to accept the first prescription drug, too. At some point, I tried to add in a good probiotic to prep my gastrointestinal tract for the antibiotics to come. You’d think probiotics would be pretty innocuous, but my body has rejected two (pricey!) brands already. I even tried splitting capsules into much, much smaller doses, thinking maybe I could start low and build my dosage over time. But no go!
My Lyme doc has recommended a couple more brands to try, so that’s my next step. I’m sort of in a holding pattern until I can find a probiotic that I can stomach (literally). It’s a little frustrating because I’d hoped to be further along in treatment by now.
But the good news is the herbal therapies are helping with my Lyme/fibro symptoms. I started the Vital Plan program (developed by a physician who has fibromyalgia and Lyme) about six weeks ago, and I’ll be writing more about that in a future post.
Now, onto this week’s news…
Fibromyalgia News Today: “Lyrica trial for adolescent fibromyalgia fails, but offers other positive findings”
VeryWell.com: “Mirogabalin for fibromyalgia: New drug may offer fewer side effects” Adrienne Dellwo gives us a nice summary of mirogabalin, a potential fibro drug that’s in clinical trials. It’s similar to Lyrica, but is supposed to work better and have fewer side effects. Here’s hoping! (If you’re interested in new pharmaceutical treatments, I recently wrote a post on three new fibro drugs under development.)
Healthline.com: “Can an infection or injury trigger fibromyalgia?” A new study finds that fibromyalgia triggered by an infection or injury typically manifests faster and stronger.
Fibromyalgia blogger Celeste Cooper shares her experience with the FM/a fibromyalgia blood test. (Yes, there is a fibromyalgia blood test, but it’s not widely accepted yet. You can read more about it here.)
Pain Medicine News: “Is suicide a consequence of the CDC opioid guideline?” This is really upsetting…
An extra …
…just because I know many of you are struggling to work … I listen to Kim Komando on the radio sometimes, and she mentioned this article on “3 legitimate work-at-home online jobs that pay big.” I thought some of you might find it helpful.