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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Friday 5: May 26, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Prohealth: What research is being conducted on fibromyalgia? This is a really good list of fibromyalgia-related research projects supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It gives me hope... 2. Medical News Today: Vitamin D supplements and good night's sleep may help to manage pain I've supplemented with vitamin D for many years because of I was deficient, but I can't say that it does anything to lessen my pain. How about you?  3. KGUN9.com: Could green light put a stop to your pain? This sounds like the placebo effect to me but … [Read more...]


Friday 5: May 19, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia - Cutting through the BS (YouTube, 1 hour, 49 minutes) Grab your favorite beverage, head to your favorite chair and settle in to watch this longer video that discusses some of the underlying causes for fibromyalgia symptoms and how to treat it. Drs. Rutherford and Gates did a good job of explaining why we feel like we do and their approach to treatment. It's worth the time to watch! (Dr. Rutherford has fibromyalgia!) 2. VeryWell: Can I be fired for sick days due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue … [Read more...]


May 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

Quick note: I have a special International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day post publishing on Friday, May 12, so I'm sending out this week's fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue news a couple of days early. 1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Pilot study reports beneficial effects of ambroxol for fibromyalgia pain From the study: “...ambroxol was associated not only to decreased fibromyalgia pain but also to improvement in other bothersome fibromyalgia features such as sleep disturbances, stiffness, and dysautonomia symptoms." 2. The Health Digest: 8 ways your home is making you sick #4 on the list … [Read more...]


Friday 5: May 5, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. I Told You I Was Sick: 10 strange-looking Amazon products that treat chronic pain  This is a fun list of unusual (to say the least) products that supposedly help with chronic pain. Whether they actually work or not, at least they're entertaining!  2. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (YouTube video, 18 minutes) In this video, Drs. Martin Rutherford and Randall Gates discuss the link between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. These doctors … [Read more...]


Friday 5: April 28, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: 8 celebrities living with fibromyalgia By the way, Lady Gaga is NOT on this list! She doesn't have fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis - despite what certain click-bait sites might say!  2. Clinical Pain Advisor: Transcranial random noise stimulation effective on multiple fibromyalgia-associated symptoms From the article: "Compared with women in the sham stimulation group, women who had received real tRNS reported improvements in fibromyalgia-related pain, overall disease impact, anxiety, depression, and executive function." 3. Dr. Jay Davidson: Toxicity … [Read more...]


Friday 5: April 21, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Business Wire: EpicGenetics, with the assistance of leading medical centers, expands clinical study of FM/a® test to diagnose fibromyalgia, identify genetic markers unique to the disorder and explore direct treatment approaches EpicGenetics, the maker of the controversial FM/a fibromyalgia blood test, just announced it will be sequencing the genomes of up to 250,000 fibromyalgia patients in an effort to identify fibromyalgia-specific gene markers and mutations. (Click here if you'd like to learn more about the fibromyalgia blood test!) 2. CindyPerlin.com: Five amazing chronic pain … [Read more...]

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