05.24.2017

Study says there’s “little evidence” to support the use of vitamins/minerals for fibromyalgia

Many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included - have cabinets full of over-the-counter supplements that we've tried in an effort to reduce our symptoms. Now, a new systemic review of vitamin/mineral use among those with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) confirms what many of us already knew: We may be wasting a lot of money on supplements that don't work. The Netherlands-based study pooled data from 27 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies and tried to discern whether FMS/CFS patients suffer from vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and which - … [Read more...]

05.19.2017

Friday 5: May 19, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia - Cutting through the BS (YouTube, 1 hour, 49 minutes) Grab your favorite beverage, head to your favorite chair and settle in to watch this longer video that discusses some of the underlying causes for fibromyalgia symptoms and how to treat it. Drs. Rutherford and Gates did a good job of explaining why we feel like we do and their approach to treatment. It's worth the time to watch! (Dr. Rutherford has fibromyalgia!) 2. VeryWell: Can I be fired for sick days due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue … [Read more...]

05.15.2017

Using flotation therapy for fibromyalgia

This article on flotation therapy for fibromyalgia was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Ever wish your cares would just float away and disappear? Well, that's not possible, but I may have found the next best thing: flotation therapy! Last month, I finally redeemed a Christmas gift certificate for a 90-minute flotation therapy session. Developed in the 1950s by a neuroscientist, flotation therapy (technically known as flotation REST - reduced environmental stimuli therapy) involves floating in an isolated … [Read more...]

05.12.2017

What living with fibromyalgia has taught me | 2017 International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

A few months ago, I posted a meme (i.e. graphic) on Facebook about how chronic illness has much to teach us. I remember one of my readers balked at the posting, commenting (and I'm paraphrasing here), "What could living in pain possibly teach me?" I understood where she was coming from. It's a struggle sometimes to see the lessons taught by fibromyalgia, but they are there if we really look and reflect. A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to come up with a post idea for International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day when I happened to watch a YouTube video from Lemons 'n' Lyme where she asked her … [Read more...]

05.10.2017

May 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

Quick note: I have a special International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day post publishing on Friday, May 12, so I'm sending out this week's fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue news a couple of days early. 1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Pilot study reports beneficial effects of ambroxol for fibromyalgia pain From the study: “...ambroxol was associated not only to decreased fibromyalgia pain but also to improvement in other bothersome fibromyalgia features such as sleep disturbances, stiffness, and dysautonomia symptoms." 2. The Health Digest: 8 ways your home is making you sick #4 on the list … [Read more...]

05.05.2017

Friday 5: May 5, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. I Told You I Was Sick: 10 strange-looking Amazon products that treat chronic pain  This is a fun list of unusual (to say the least) products that supposedly help with chronic pain. Whether they actually work or not, at least they're entertaining!  2. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (YouTube video, 18 minutes) In this video, Drs. Martin Rutherford and Randall Gates discuss the link between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. These doctors … [Read more...]

05.01.2017

Unique fibromyalgia brain signature could lead to easier diagnosis

This article on the discovery of a fibromyalgia brain signature was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Last year, University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) researchers found a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia with 93 percent accuracy. Yep, you read that right! 93 percent! Isn't that fantastic news? UCB researchers published their study in the journal, PAIN, and while it didn't receive a huge amount of press coverage, it definitely made my list of 2016's top fibromyalgia stories because of its possible … [Read more...]

04.28.2017

Friday 5: April 28, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: 8 celebrities living with fibromyalgia By the way, Lady Gaga is NOT on this list! She doesn't have fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis - despite what certain click-bait sites might say!  2. Clinical Pain Advisor: Transcranial random noise stimulation effective on multiple fibromyalgia-associated symptoms From the article: "Compared with women in the sham stimulation group, women who had received real tRNS reported improvements in fibromyalgia-related pain, overall disease impact, anxiety, depression, and executive function." 3. Dr. Jay Davidson: Toxicity … [Read more...]

04.25.2017

New UAB study could radically change fibromyalgia treatment as we know it

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  For more than a decade, Dr. Jarred Younger's research has been guided by one theory: Fibromyalgia is caused by an overreactive immune system. This spring, he'll finally prove once and for all if his theory is correct, and the outcome could profoundly shift the future of fibromyalgia research. Beginning this month, Younger and his team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will inject up to 20 fibromyalgia patients and 20 healthy controls with … [Read more...]

04.21.2017

Friday 5: April 21, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Business Wire: EpicGenetics, with the assistance of leading medical centers, expands clinical study of FM/a® test to diagnose fibromyalgia, identify genetic markers unique to the disorder and explore direct treatment approaches EpicGenetics, the maker of the controversial FM/a fibromyalgia blood test, just announced it will be sequencing the genomes of up to 250,000 fibromyalgia patients in an effort to identify fibromyalgia-specific gene markers and mutations. (Click here if you'd like to learn more about the fibromyalgia blood test!) 2. CindyPerlin.com: Five amazing chronic pain … [Read more...]

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