I received some great news this week! You’ll soon be seeing more of me online because I’ve been hired as National Pain Report‘s new fibromyalgia editor. I’m so excited to become a weekly contributor for NPR because I’ll be able to raise awareness for our community while writing about the latest research, treatments and other areas of interest to fibromyalgia sufferers. My NPR stories will be posted here, so you won’t miss a thing!
Another highlight of my week was interviewing Dr. Jarred Younger who is probably best known for his research on using low-dose naltrexone as a treatment for fibromyalgia. (In early studies, 65 percent of patients using LDN reported significant improvements in fibromyalgia pain, fatigue and sleep.) I always love talking with Dr. Younger because he gives me hope. The research he’s doing has the potential to answer the questions of how fibromyalgia operates and what are the best ways to treat it. I’ll have a new LDN-related story out soon and will make sure to post it here because I know a lot of my readers are interested in it as a potential treatment.
In the meantime, Dr. Younger is hosting his first YouTube Q & A next week. Details on that are below. (And if you’d like to learn more about LDN for fibromyalgia, check out this handy resources page.)
Top stories …
It’s not often that I say this, but well done, Mr. President: Obama rejects limits on opioid prescribing. “If we go to the doctors right now and say ‘Don’t overprescribe’ without providing some mechanisms for people in these communities to deal with the pain that they have or the issues that they have, then we’re not going to solve the problem,” he says.
Dr. Jarred Younger, best known for his research on using low-dose naltrexone for fibromyalgia, will host a live question-and-answer session on YouTube on Thursday, March 3 at 3 p.m. CT. Submit your questions early at jarredyoungerlab [at] gmail.com.
Combining pregabalin (Lyrica) and paroxetine (Paxil) increases drug tolerability and reduces depressive symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Another story on the same study: “Fibromyalgia study finds Paroxetine [Paxil] best of newer antidepressants to combine with drug treatment”
Heroin users who died from overdoses were also abusing pregabalin (Lyrica) and gabapentin (Neuronton), finds U.K. multi-agency panel.
City employee in Savannah, Georgia, says she was fired after she developed fibromyalgia and asked for special accommodations at work.
Virginia physician loses license after medical board found he overprescribed narcotics to patient with fibromyalgia.
Research & treatments …
Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia aggravates spondyloarthritis symptoms
About.com: A good primer on microglia cells and how they may play a role in fibromyalgia and ME/CFS
I bet lots of us, myself included, will disagree with this finding: “Fibromyalgia symptoms in women not affected by weather conditions like temperature, precipitation or sunshine”
The Independent: “Homeopathy effective for 0 out of 68 illnesses, study finds”
Cannabis news …
Australian parliament approves bill to legalize the cultivation of cannabis
Pennsylvania legislators inch closer to approving medical marijuana bill. Fibromyalgia expected to be one of the approved conditions.
From February Stars: “8 things I wish I had known when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia”
From SpoonSeeker.com: “101 misconceptions about ME”
From Tony Bernhard: “Should I or shouldn’t I? Seven recurring dilemmas faced by the chronically ill”
From Grace is Sufficient: “Sometimes I choose the cost” We all know that certain things aggravate our symptoms, but sometimes we do them anyway because we don’t want our lives to be totally defined by chronic illness.
Pain News Network columnist Crystal Lindell gives us a sarcastically humorous commentary on what it’s like to have sex when you live with chronic pain. Sex? What’s that?
Personal stories …
My Kitchen Rules (U.K. TV show) contestant says she battled fibromyalgia for 12 years and recovered using probiotics.
Competitive surfing helps New Zealand woman manage ME/CFS.
From The Catholic Leader: “Brisbane seminarian fighting chronic fatigue syndrome returns to the seminary after four years”
U.K. grandmother with fibromyalgia sets sights on first Virgin London Marathon
Contemporary dance performance inspired by the stories of those with chronic fatigue syndrome
Odds & ends …
From Retraction Watch: “Court dismisses lawsuit by XMRV-chronic fatigue syndrome researcher”
Off topic …
From The Penny Hoarder: “100 places that will give you free stuff on your birthday”
From Woman’s Day: An easy iPhone hack that could save your life
More fibromyalgia news …
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