Friday 5: March 24, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. National Pain Report: New chemical gets fast-tracked by FDA to treat moderate to severe chronic pain NKTR-181 may provide potent pain relief without the high or addiction concerns seen with standard opioids. 2. HealthRising: Trump’s budget cuts threaten progress in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia One step forward, two steps back... 3. PBS: The Painful Truth documentary Watch PBS' newest documentary (56 minutes) on the chronic pain epidemic.  4. YouTube: What is the #1 biggest mistake you can make when applying for Social Security disability?  If you're in the … [Read more...]


Using GABA to improve sleep with fibromyalgia

Disclaimers: This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.  When you have fibromyalgia, restorative sleep is always elusive. For many years, I haven't been able to sleep through the night. I would wake every 2-3 hours, then struggle to fall back to sleep. Like most fibro sufferers, I can't remember the last time I … [Read more...]


Friday 5: March 17, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. HealthRising: What are the best doctors to treat fibromyalgia? HealthRising polled patients to find out which types of doctors (rheumatologists, neurologists, etc.) are the most effective at treating fibromyalgia. Find out the results here! 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Swedish study looks at inflammatory factors related to fibromyalgia pain From the story: "In patients with fibromyalgia, the central nervous system is inflamed, as is the rest of the body, according to a study that found a large range of increased inflammatory factors in the blood and spinal fluid of fibromyalgia … [Read more...]


10 reasons to fire your doctor!

This article on "10 reasons to fire your doctor" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. While I know there are both male and female physicians, I have used the pronoun "he" throughout this article for ease of reading.  Visit any online fibromyalgia support group, and you'll probably encounter plenty of physician horror stories. I've read accounts of doctors yelling at their patients, calling them fat and lazy, saying their symptoms are all in their heads and worse. Whenever I see these posts, my comment is … [Read more...]


Friday 5: March 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. National Pain Report: Green LED light being used to treat chronic pain and fibromyalgia Wouldn't it be nice if the solution to fibromyalgia was this simple?  2. Nevada Center for Biomedical Research: NVCBR researchers close in on a diagnostic test for ME/CFS patients ME/CFS researchers are definitely on a roll! There seems to be good news coming out every week.  3. Pain News Network: Common medical conditions linked to fibromyalgia Because no one ever has JUST fibromyalgia.  4. HealthRising: Does fibromyalgia get better?  What's in our future? Blogger Cort Johnson reviews … [Read more...]


Using the Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak for fibro fog and fatigue

Alright, I am breaking new ground today! Introducing ... my first YouTube video! Yep, I may live in Delaware but I haven't lost my southern Virginia accent. Please excuse the UHs and OMs and the video quality. I promise I'll get better! This is a quick product share (around 3 minutes) of how I've been using the (affiliate link) Electrolyte Stamina Power Pak to help combat fibro fog and fatigue. It's been working well for me, so I wanted to share it in case it might benefit others. Just a quick clarification: In the video, I mention the Power Pak uses stevia as a sweetener. That is … [Read more...]


6 pain relief devices for fibromyalgia

This article on fibromyalgia pain relief devices was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  Pharmaceuticals haven't been very effective in relieving my chronic pain from fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, so I am constantly on the hunt for non-drug therapies to help myself and my fellow fibro warriors. A few months ago, I shared my experience with the Quell wearable pain relief device, and I still use it pretty much every day with good results. Yeah, I know the idea of using … [Read more...]


Simplify your everyday pill taking with PillDrill

This is a sponsored post. I have been compensated for this post through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network.  If you're living with fibromyalgia, chances are you're taking a lot of medications and supplements to manage your symptoms. Because of that, it can be difficult to remember to take your meds at the same time every day, and sometimes it's easy to get confused and wonder if you've taken them at all - especially if you suffer from fibro fog! Not taking your meds according to your doctor's instructions can have devastating consequences. According to the Centers for Disease … [Read more...]


Friday 5: March 3, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. HealthRising: Could Donald Trump be good for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia? I don't know whether to be hopeful or horrified by what this article says.  2. Pain News Network: The 411 on Calmare scrambler therapy Chiropractor Michael Cooney shares information on a non-drug, noninvasive therapy for chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia, neuropathy and other conditions.  3. HealthRising: Antiviral regimen returns wheelchair-bound ME/CFS and fibromyalgia patient to health More anecdotal evidence that antivirals might be helpful for fibro and chronic fatigue. (Note: If … [Read more...]


Daily Body Restore review | Probiotics with digestive enzymes

Disclosures: I was given this product to review as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Daily Body Restore review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. The statements in this review and Daily Body Restore's website have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Research is slowly confirming what Hippocrates hypothesized more than 1,500 years ago: All disease begins in the gut. And yet, many of us don't … [Read more...]

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