For those of you who follow me on Facebook, I finally got my Christmas tree decorated this morning! I kept thinking that I’d do it one evening while watching TV, and I finally realized that if I didn’t tackle it first thing in the morning, then it was never going to get done!
Now, if I can get through the other to-dos on my very long list before my family arrives for a visit next week. Yep, I’ll be one of those crazy people out in the stores tomorrow doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Oh well. There’s always next year to be ready, right?
Since we’ll have family in town, I won’t be publishing a fibromyalgia/ME/CFS news post next week, but I will have something else for you mid-week.
I hope each of you have a wonderful holiday if you celebrate. Love you guys, and hope your holiday is as pain-free and stress-free as possible!
Top stories …
Good news for Savella users: A generic is coming!
I bet a lot of our federal legislators had no idea this was included in the latest 1,000+ page budget bill: “Congress quietly ends federal ban on medical marijuana”
Nonprofits, bloggers and healthcare professionals form new ME/CFS advocacy initiative.
National Institutes of Health (U.S.) are considering ampligen and rituximab trials for ME/CFS.
From TheMighty.com: “Five Ways having Fibromyalgia Makes You Awesome”
U.K.-based clinical trial will determine if Cymbalta/duloxetine can effectively treat osteoarthritis.
Managing the holidays …
Tips for making the holidays less stressful when you suffer from chronic pain, courtesy of Pain News Network.
“How to Enjoy the Holidays Despite Chronic Pain” from the Community Pain Center.
“Surviving the Holidays when You’re in Pain” from Pain Pathways magazine.
Research and treatments …
Sam-E may be helpful in relieving fibromyalgia pain. (I currently take 800 mg of Sam-E as part of my supplement regime. I’m not sure if it helps with pain, but it’s made a great difference in my mood and energy levels. It’s a keeper!)
“Exercise triggers gut changes in ME/CFS,” reports Health Rising.
More motivation to keep that New Year’s resolution to exercise more: “HPA-Axis Dysregulation Modulated by Exercise in Fibromyalgia Patients”
More healthy people are needed for the SolveCFS BioBank and Patient Registry. Here are details on how to participate.
No sex drive? Study finds it could be because you aren’t getting enough sleep.
In case you missed it …
NationalPainReport.com published my story on “How to Use Medical Marijuana without Getting High.”
Personal stories …
Vancouver (U.S.) women, 77, uses pool therapy to manage fibromyalgia.
British man with ME/CFS, 66, plans to walk from Rome to Jerusalem.
Liverpool woman with fibromyalgia is raising money to purchase a motorized wheelchair, so she can regain some independence.
U.K. ME/CFS sufferer shares five practical ways to show compassion to someone who is continually ill.
Off topic …
Looking for somethingrelaxing to do during your holiday break? I thought some of you might enjoy these 100+ Free Christmas Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults.
These super cute, holiday-theme dog portraits will bring a little Christmas spirit your way.
Ever used spray snow to decorate your windows? Well, this guy is creating stunning art with it! Wow!
Take a few moments to look up: “Full Moon will Light Up Christmas for the First Time Since 1977”
And it turns out there is some science behind all of those full moon myths: “Five Ways the Moon may Impact Your Health.”
Star Wars fan? Then you might enjoy these fun photos of Princess Leia circa 1983.
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