07.14.2017

Friday 5: July 14, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank the many people who emailed and commented to me last week about my back injury. I'm happy to report that I am feeling better. I'm still in pain but it's no where near as intense as it was. I saw a chiropractor a couple of times last week with only minimal improvement. I finally broke down and went to my nurse practitioner on Monday, who prescribed a few days of prednisone (yes, I know that stuff isn't good but I was desperate for relief in any form!) and a muscle relaxer for the pain. The meds are helping quite a bit, and I'm hopeful that most of … [Read more...]

07.11.2017

How mindfulness can ease your chronic pain

A guest post by Jared Levenson, No Effort Big Change You’ve heard of mindfulness, right? The topic been on the front covers of numerous magazines, including Time. We’re going to be talking about mindfulness today. We’re going to get into “how” mindfulness can reduce your pain. But first, let’s talk about mindfulness and its link to pain. The definition of mindfulness is basically being present, feeling and not judging. You might be wondering, “How can just feeling my pain be in any way beneficial towards reducing my pain?” Let’s dive in. In addition to being featured in Time, … [Read more...]

07.07.2017

Please excuse this interruption in service…

I'm sorry but I won't be publishing any blog posts this week, including my usual Friday news post. I've somehow managed to hurt my lower back and have been confined to my sofa/bed all week. It hurts too much to walk, stand, sit, etc. I suspect I have a pinched nerve because I have sciatic-like pain going down my left leg in addition to the back pain. I'm seeing a chiropractor in hopes that will speed my healing. But for now, I'm not getting much done, other than finally watching all those PBS TV series that I've recorded over the past year on my DVR. Hopefully, I'll be back in service … [Read more...]

06.30.2017

Friday 5: June 30, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Stacking the Bricks: Code RED for entrepreneurs - Senate healthcare bill will destroy us This article is aimed at entrepreneurs, but it does a good job of breaking down some of the nuances of the U.S. Senate-proposed healthcare bill, and it's not good for those of us with pre-existing conditions or those who receive Medicaid benefits. There's even some bad news for people who have insurance through their employers. I know Obamacare wasn't the answer, but this seems to be even worse. It's clear these changes would benefit the insurance companies, not us. I would encourage all of my U.S. … [Read more...]

06.26.2017

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...]

06.23.2017

Friday 5: June 23, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

This post contains affiliate links. 1. Dr. Jarred Younger: CFS subgroups (YouTube video, 10 minutes) Dr. Younger from the University of Alabama at Birmingham shares early results from an ongoing chronic fatigue study, which shows there may be different types of ME/CFS. This could be big! And it also has implications for fibromyalgia since some researchers believe fibro and ME/CFS are the same condition with a different manifestation of symptoms.  2. Dr. Ginevra Liptan: Effective natural pain relief for fibromyalgia Dr. Liptan, a fibromyalgia specialist who also has fibro, shares her … [Read more...]

06.19.2017

Why I no longer depend on research-backed treatments (and maybe you shouldn’t either)

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Earlier this week, there was a woman who unsubscribed from my Facebook group because she said members were posting too much information "with zero science to back anything up." It's a complaint I've heard before, and I do understand her concern. In a perfect world, we would have a smorgasbord of research-backed treatments for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and chronic Lyme, some of them would actually work and we'd all get better. But that's not reality. The … [Read more...]

06.16.2017

Friday 5: June 16, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

This post contains affiliate links.  1. National Pain Report: 10 things never to say to your doctor about chronic pain I know parts of this article may be upsetting to some - I had a few knee-jerk reactions myself - but I'm sharing it anyway because I think it's helpful to see things from another's point of view.  2. Bloomberg: FDA could act to pull more opioid pain pills from the U.S. market More potentially bad news for those who use opioids for chronic pain.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Both gluten-free and low-calorie diets ease gastrointestinal ills in fibromyalgia, study … [Read more...]

06.12.2017

Fibro warrior develops exercise program just for us!

This article about Autoimmune Strong was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains an affiliate link.  Exercise is a sore subject (literally!) in the fibromyalgia and Lyme communities. That's why I've avoided writing about it for so long. I know a lot of you will agree with me when I say I'm sick of hearing doctors and researchers tell me that I'll feel better if I just exercise. But I also know, based on the current research, they're probably right. The problem is when we're struggling to get the … [Read more...]

06.09.2017

Friday 5: June 9, 2017 fibromyalgia, Lyme and chronic fatigue news

1. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and autoimmunity (YouTube video, 15 minutes) I often have people ask if fibromyalgia is considered to be an autoimmune condition. Here's your answer... 2. Prohealth: 6 signs of iron deficiency in fibromyalgia For some people, iron deficiency could be contributing to the severity of their fibromyalgia symptoms. (Caution: Too much iron can be dangerous, so physicians advise to always test your levels before taking an iron supplement.) 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: 10 items every fibromyalgia patient should have Columnist Robin Dix shares a list of … [Read more...]

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