An open letter to Eli Lilly and all patients affected by Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from my editor.  When I started blogging about fibromyalgia, I didn't know much about Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine). As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I'd only taken it for two days. My doctor had warned me Cymbalta could have severe side effects, but I was desperate for relief from my fibromyalgia symptoms so I asked him to let me try it. After walking around in a dazed fog with my brain buzzing for two days, I decided Cymbalta wasn't for me and moved on to trying other … [Read more...]


No, the mystery of fibromyalgia is NOT solved! | An update on the “fibromyalgia is caused by excess blood vessels in the hands” study

Over the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has been inundated with an article entitled, "Fibromyalgia mystery finally solved! Researchers find main source of pain in blood vessels." I didn't think too much about it at first because I knew this was an old news article from 2013. As far as I knew, nothing had ever transpired as a result of the research. But then, the article kept showing up again and again and again. I even had a few readers and friends email it to me, asking if it was legit. The short answer is yes and no. I'm sorry to disappoint, but no, researchers have NOT … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Alzheimer’s drug shows promise for treating fibromyalgia pain

This article about using namenda for fibromyalgia was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. Fibromyalgia warrior Angela Holt has one of the most popular crafting channels on YouTube with some of her tutorials garnering more than a half million views. But about a year ago, Holt was struggling to stay active in the online crafting community. The pain and restlessness in her legs were so intense that she often couldn't sleep at night, and it was affecting her ability to craft and make videos. "I just didn't feel like … [Read more...]


Common cough remedy to be tested as potential fibromyalgia treatment

This article on dextromethorphan for fibromyalgia originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) researcher Dr. Jarred Younger has improved the lives of thousands of fibromyalgia sufferers through his research on low-dose naltrexone (LDN). Now, he’s hoping to repeat that success with the first trial using dextromethorphan (DXM), an ingredient commonly found in cough syrup, as a potential treatment for fibromyalgia. Younger and his team will recruit 15 fibromyalgia patients this … [Read more...]


Eli Lilly settles Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits

This update on the Cymbalta lawsuit settlement was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being  republished here with permission from the editor.  Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company has quietly settled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits involving patients who claim they experienced withdrawal symptoms while quitting Cymbalta. When asked for an update on the cases, Robin McCall, media relations director for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., one of the firms handling the cases, wrote in an email, “All we can say is that the suit has been resolved.” Lilly is also … [Read more...]


Potential fibromyalgia treatment is put on hold

This story on the Tonmya fibromyalgia trial originally appeared on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  The fibromyalgia community received some bad news earlier this month when Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp. announced TNX-102 SL (trade name: Tonmya), a low-dose, sublingual form of cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), did not achieve the primary goal of pain relief in its latest clinical trial. The company will no longer seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for TNX-102 SL as a treatment for fibromyalgia. TNX-102 SL … [Read more...]


Proove Fibromyalgia Profile could improve diagnosis, treatment

This article on the Proove Fibromyalgia Profile was first published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  The new Proove Fibromyalgia Profile ... Proove Biosciences, a California-based firm specializing in pain medicine, has developed a new tool to help physicians better diagnose and treat fibromyalgia. “The Proove Fibromyalgia Profile is a first-of-its-kind decision-improvement tool that harnesses individualized information to aid in the identification of genetic factors that may contribute to differing clinical pathways behind a … [Read more...]

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