08.18.2017

Friday 5: August 18, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: DEA proposes further cuts in opioid supply The DEA is making this change, stating "demand for these opioid medicines has dropped." 2. National Pain Report: We want a few good men and women to COMMIT themselves The recent crackdown on opioids has had a detrimental effect on chronic pain sufferers. Our voices have been lost in the debate over the opioid "crisis." The Opioid Policy Correspondents List is seeking persons who are willing to meet with their federal legislators to advocate for the chronic pain community.  3. Solve ME/CFS Initiative: Announcing SMCI’s … [Read more...]

08.11.2017

Friday 5: August 11, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. MSN.com: Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse I think the headline on this says it all. Sigh.  2. Dr. Josh Axe: Lyme disease remedies (YouTube video, 28 minutes) Dr. Axe sometimes oversimplifies his treatment videos for certain conditions, but I thought he did a really good job on covering natural treatments for chronic Lyme disease in this video. It's worth the watch.  3. AnnLouise.com: Are parasites your missing diagnosis?  A lot of us mistakenly believe parasites are only a problem in third world countries. Not so! Some of the symptoms associated with … [Read more...]

08.04.2017

Friday 5: August 4, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: Researchers identify biomarkers associated with chronic fatigue syndrome severity Big news for the ME/CFS community! Researchers have identified biomarkers that may possibly lead to a diagnostic test. This could also have implications for fibromyalgia since some believe the two conditions are related. This finding made international headlines, including articles on NPR.org, Science magazine and others.  2. Huffington Post: Medical mysteries solved with six strands of hair? This is an interesting feature story on how hair mineral analysis may be helpful in … [Read more...]

07.28.2017

Friday 5: July 28, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Electrical brain stimulation could help relieve fibromyalgia pain, study suggests Multiple studies now support the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for fibromyalgia.  2. Remedy: How to negotiate a medical bill If you've got a big medical bill, it's worth it to try to negotiate a discount. I was recently able to get a reduction on a Labcorp bill.  3. Newsweek: Lyme disease vaccine on fast track for FDA approval I guess some people would consider this to be good news, but the general public probably doesn't remember that we had a … [Read more...]

07.21.2017

Friday 5: July 21, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. ME Association: CDC removes CBT and GET as recommended treatments for ME/CFS Maybe this is the government's way of acknowledging the many flaws of the controversial PACE trial.  2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Cleaning house, the fibro way Columnist Carrie Anton shares tips on how she manages housework with chronic illness. If you enjoy her article, you might also like my post on "20 helpful tips for cleaning and organizing when you're chronically ill." 3. News 10: Clinical trial being held for Lyme disease test The existing testing for Lyme disease misses about half of all cases, … [Read more...]

07.14.2017

Friday 5: July 14, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank the many people who emailed and commented to me last week about my back injury. I'm happy to report that I am feeling better. I'm still in pain but it's no where near as intense as it was. I saw a chiropractor a couple of times last week with only minimal improvement. I finally broke down and went to my nurse practitioner on Monday, who prescribed a few days of prednisone (yes, I know that stuff isn't good but I was desperate for relief in any form!) and a muscle relaxer for the pain. The meds are helping quite a bit, and I'm hopeful that most of … [Read more...]

06.30.2017

Friday 5: June 30, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Stacking the Bricks: Code RED for entrepreneurs - Senate healthcare bill will destroy us This article is aimed at entrepreneurs, but it does a good job of breaking down some of the nuances of the U.S. Senate-proposed healthcare bill, and it's not good for those of us with pre-existing conditions or those who receive Medicaid benefits. There's even some bad news for people who have insurance through their employers. I know Obamacare wasn't the answer, but this seems to be even worse. It's clear these changes would benefit the insurance companies, not us. I would encourage all of my U.S. … [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...]

06.16.2017

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...]

06.09.2017

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...]

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