The ME/CFS community was all abuzz on Monday and with good reason! They received some big, big news: Australian researchers have identified new white blood cell markers, which may eventually lead to a diagnostic test for ME/CFS.
Some of us with fibromyalgia (myself included) were also cheering a bit because if ME/CFS and fibro are related as some researchers believe, then this Australian discovery could help us, too!
Now on to this week’s news…
Top stories …
Pennsylvania pharmaceutical company is developing a THC patch for fibromyalgia.
Time sensitive: 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.
Actor Morgan Freeman speaks out about his fibromyalgia.
New Jersey student discovers Cymbalta in her breakfast cereal at school.
How big pharma is spying on our physicians and how that affects the treatment we receive…
Federal legislators are trying to stop Pfizer (manufacturer of Lyrica) from dodging billions in taxes.
Research & treatments …
Brazilian study finds swimming and walking improve pain, functionality and quality of life in fibromyalgia patients.
Homeopath Joette Calabrese says she cured her fibromyalgia with one simple medicine.
Struggling with sleep? Black cherry juice might help!
A new version of the Quell pain relief device is now available.
Odds & ends …
Did the National Institutes of Health’s new lead clinical investigator for its upcoming ME/CFS study say fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are psychosomatic? Well, sort of, but it may not sound as bad as you think, according to HealthRising.com’s Cort Johnson.
“What is fibromyalgia?” This video produced by the Frida Center for Fibromyalgia does a nice job of explaining the symptoms of fibromyalgia and treatment approaches. (It’s an excellent video to share with family and friends for educational purposes.)
Paleo expert Chris Kresser: “What 10 years of illness taught me about health”
Prohealth.com gives us some tips for “getting the most from your practitioner/patient relationship”
Personal stories …
From Liverpool Echo: “I’ve gone from a super-fit party girl to being almost bedridden at 33 [due to fibromyalgia],” shares U.K. woman.
U.K. woman with fibromyalgia seeks reduced ticket price for Adele concert and is told she doesn’t qualify for a discount because she “didn’t have a disability.”
How fibromyalgia helped to uncover U.K. woman’s drawing talents
In case you missed it…
I asked my readers to share their best tips for reducing fibro symptoms, and here are some of their responses.
Off topic …
Wonder how much the tickets will cost? “A fully-functional replica of the Titanic will set sail in 2018”
How far will it go? “This is what $1 USD gets you in food all around the world”
More fibromyalgia news …
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