Can you believe it’s already May? I swear it seems the days disappear like the snapping of fingers.
I’ve started the doctor shuffle again with several medical appointments scheduled this month. My nurse practitioner recently ordered some routine bloodwork, and I’ll get the results tomorrow. I know my cholesterol levels are back up (thanks, Mom and Dad, for my wonderful genes), so I’ll have to battle with her over wanting to put me back on a statin. My fibro specialist says supplementing with red rice yeast is a natural alternative to prescription statins. I’m pretty sure that’s going to get added to my Amazon shopping cart any day now.
After I leave my NP’s office, I’m having oral surgery, so I expect I’ll be eating soup and applesauce for the rest of the week. At least I may get some Tramadol out of it. You know me, always trying to see the positives…
Later this month, I finally have an appointment with a neurologist to rule out physical causes (like vitamin deficiencies, toxin exposure, etc.) for the neuropathy in my feet.
And then there’s the sleep study I’ve been putting off. I had an at-home sleep test a few months ago, and it showed borderline sleep apnea. I’m hoping I’ve lost enough weight now (40 pounds!) that the sleep apnea has resolved on its own. (Sometimes it’s caused by excess weight around the neck/throat.) I’m trying to avoid having matching CPAP machines on my and hubby’s nightstands if I can …
Now on with the news …
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Research and treatments …
“Women with fibromyalgia have a high incidence of hyperparathyroidism, a disease caused by an overactive parathyroid,” reports Fibromyalgia News Today.
Ubiquinol-10 supplementation improves ME/CFS symptoms in small study.
From MD magazine: “Which fibromyalgia medication works best?” (Do you agree with their conclusion? Would love to read your opinions in the comments below.)
“Kill your fibromyalgia pain with cannabis” This article from The Marijuana Times provides a good overview of the research that’s been done so far using cannabis to treat fibromyalgia.
This isn’t good: Australian study shows ME/CFS patients lose brain matter over time.
“Why I love magnesium for fibromyalgia” Fibromyalgia expert Dr. Ginevra Liptan discusses different ways to use magnesium to reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
Fibromyalgia News Today reports more interesting findings regarding a possible link between leptin levels and severity of fibromyalgia pain.
HealthRising’s Cort Johnson gives us a nice summary of Dr. Jarred Younger’s (University of Alabama at Birmingham) brain inflammation theory as a cause for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS.
Speaking of Dr. Younger…he may have figured out a way to measure brain inflammation using MRI, and he’s already found elevated brain temperature in several ME/CFS patients. (If you live in the Birmingham, Alabama, area, Dr. Younger is going to be recruiting fibromyalgia and/or ME/CFS patients in the near future to undergo brain scans to further test out his theory.)
U.K. researchers think ME/CFS may be caused by unknown bacterial infection.
Music therapy has been found to reduce pain and improve sleep in fibromyalgia patients.
Could ketamine become a wonder drug for fibromyalgia and/or ME/CFS?
“A clinical trial investigating if phone-delivered cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) might prevent chronic widespread pain in people at high risk of developing fibromyalgia is soon to begin in the U.K.,” reports Fibromyalgia News Today.
This is a marketing blurb from a press release, but I’m sharing it just in case some U.K. readers might be interested in checking it out: “NewMed’s PEMF therapy helps relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia sufferers across the U.K.”
Odds & ends …
“10 causes of fibromyalgia your doctor is ignoring” (I don’t consider all of these to be actual “causes,” but they’re definitely aggravating factors and need to be addressed.)
“Walgreens’ ‘secret checklist’ reveals controversial new policy on pain pills”
Prohealth.com inspirational editor Julie Holliday summarizes the commonalities of those who have recovered from fibromyalgia and ME/CFS. Great advice here!
Coming up next week …
The annual Fibromyalgia Summit is next week! Registration is free and enables you to listen to all of the great interviews during the three-day event.
But if you’d like to have access to the programming to listen at your leisure (plus several bonuses), the summit’s founder Ruschelle Khanna is offering a flash sale on Wednesday and Thursday, May 4-5. You’ll receive access to all of the recordings and bonuses for $49 if you enter the code FIBRO49 during checkout.
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