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...]

05.15.2017

Using flotation therapy for fibromyalgia

This article on flotation therapy for fibromyalgia was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Ever wish your cares would just float away and disappear? Well, that's not possible, but I may have found the next best thing: flotation therapy! Last month, I finally redeemed a Christmas gift certificate for a 90-minute flotation therapy session. Developed in the 1950s by a neuroscientist, flotation therapy (technically known as flotation REST - reduced environmental stimuli therapy) involves floating in an isolated … [Read more...]

03.21.2017

Using GABA to improve sleep with fibromyalgia

Disclaimers: This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.  When you have fibromyalgia, restorative sleep is always elusive. For many years, I haven't been able to sleep through the night. I would wake every 2-3 hours, then struggle to fall back to sleep. Like most fibro sufferers, I can't remember the last time I … [Read more...]

02.13.2017

Vital Health Saunas review | How I’m using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia and Lyme

Heating pads, electric blankets and hot baths are top pain-fighting tools for many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included. A couple of months ago, I decided to increase my use of heat therapy and invest in an infrared sauna at the suggestion of my Lyme/fibromyalgia doctor. There are many benefits to using an infrared sauna, but I specifically purchased mine for pain relief and detoxification. My doctor explained that using an infrared sauna would help me to flush out toxins as the Lyme bacteria dies off during treatment, reducing my overall symptoms. There's some research indicating using … [Read more...]

02.06.2017

Physician says fibromyalgia misdiagnosis is rampant

The following Q & A with Dr. David Brady about the commonality of fibromyalgia misdiagnosis was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  When I stumbled upon my first podcast with Dr. David Brady last year, I knew I had to bring his important message to the fibromyalgia community. Dr. Brady’s message is one that I wish I had heard years ago when I was struggling with my first fibromyalgia symptoms, and it’s a message that hit me personally last spring when I was diagnosed with … [Read more...]

02.01.2017

23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]

12.26.2016

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top posts from 2016

2016 was an incredible year for FedUpwithFatigue.com! I am so proud of my little blog and everything it's accomplished since launching in early 2014. This year, I was thrilled to make HealthLine's top 10 list of best fibromyalgia blogs and to be nominated for HealthLine's best health blogs contest. (A special "thank you" to whoever nominated me!) I also was proud to reach this year's goal of 10,000+ email subscribers, making FedUpwithFatigue.com one of the largest fibromyalgia blogs. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of FedUpwithFatigue.com's … [Read more...]

11.21.2016

Quell: My favorite tool for reducing fibromyalgia pain

The following article about using Quell for fibromyalgia pain was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post may contain affiliate links.  Quell for fibromyalgia pain Since my fibromyalgia diagnosis, I’ve tried so many drugs, supplements and other products in an attempt to find something to dull the pain. I’ve found a few things that help with modest success. Even prescription pain relievers haven’t worked for me, although I admit my experience with them has been limited. A few months ago, I had the … [Read more...]

11.14.2016

My first medical marijuana haul

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  I was about a year into my fibromyalgia diagnosis when I figured out the typical drugs - Lyrica, Cymbalta, gabapentin and the like - weren't going to be the answer for me. Since then, I've been on a journey of trying different treatments in an effort to stop the pain. Some have helped; most have not. Throughout my search, there was always one treatment that I held out as my last resort: medical marijuana. I'm not anti-marijuana. I smoked my share of it in … [Read more...]

11.09.2016

3 unconventional ways to deal with fibromyalgia

The following is a guest post by Ian Lebowski, founder of BestPortableVaporizer.com.  Being in sound health is the dream of every human being. Unfortunately, this is not always the case as diseases continue to ravage many souls. Worse still, due to lack of known cure, some illnesses such as fibromyalgia have been deemed lifestyle ailments that can only be managed. With conventional medicines, some people fail to respond to treatment. Others suffer severe side effects that weigh them down more than the original ailment. For instance, someone with fibro experiences non-inflammatory … [Read more...]

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