08.01.2016

EULAR’s revised fibromyalgia recommendations are more of the same

This story about EULAR's revised fibromyalgia recommendations was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. Earlier this month, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) released its revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, there’s nothing really new about EULAR’s latest report. The group’s main conclusion is something every fibromyalgia sufferer has heard from their physician: “Based on meta-analyses, the only ‘strong for’ therapy-based recommendation in the guidelines was … [Read more...]

06.06.2016

Environmental Detox: The Missing Link to Treating Chronic Pain Naturally?

Editor's note: Those of us with fibromyalgia or ME/CFS are notoriously sensitive to everything ... smells, lights, noises, medications, supplements, specific foods ... and the list goes on and on.  I've taken steps over the past few years to limit my exposure to certain toxins. I replaced most of my harsh cleaners with more natural ones like vinegar and baking soda. I've cut out fast food, junk food, sodas and pretty much anything with ingredients that I don't understand. I went gluten free six months ago and am trying to get motivated to cut dairy. Despite these changes, I'm still … [Read more...]

06.03.2016

My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief

The original version of "My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief" was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It has been updated and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) I bet that headline caught your attention. I know it did because I’ve read my share of these types of articles over the years, hoping one of my fellow fibromyalgia warriors finally figured out a way to bring my suffering to an end. But if you have fibromyalgia, then you know it is the ficklest of conditions. What works for one of us does not … [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...]

12.21.2015

How to use medical marijuana without getting high

This post, "How to Use Medical Marijuana without Getting High," originally appeared on National Pain Report. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  The research may be slim, but there are plenty of anecdotal accounts indicating marijuana can be effective at reducing fibromyalgia pain. Visit any online fibromyalgia support group, and you’ll find more than a handful of pioneering members who have sworn off pharmaceuticals and instead toke up regularly for pain relief and better sleep. But if you’ve never tried marijuana before, the idea of using it – even for … [Read more...]

09.10.2015

What you need to know about CBD oil and fibromyalgia

If you've spent much time in the fibromyalgia community lately, then you know there's quite a bit of interest in using CBD oil for fibromyalgia pain. And it's not hard to understand why. So many of us, myself included, haven't been able to find relief from pharmaceuticals, either because they just don't work or we can't take them due to side effects. If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you know I'm always up for trying new products that might improve my fibro symptoms. I know there's no cure for fibromyalgia, but I do believe there are products out there that will help … [Read more...]

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