March 23, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. PNAS.org: Cytokine signature associated with disease severity in chronic fatigue syndrome patients From the article: "Although only two cytokines were found to be different (TGF-β higher and resistin lower) in ME/CFS patients compared with controls, 17 cytokines correlated with ME/CFS severity. Thirteen of these cytokines are pro-inflammatory and may contribute to many of the symptoms these patients experience for several years." 2. Global Lyme Alliance: Are mold and mycotoxins compromising your recovery?  This article was written for those with chronic Lyme disease but is relevant … [Read more...]


It’s time to take a new approach to fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article is an introduction to my new Healing Fibromyalgia series. Don't worry! I will still be covering the usual fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme-related treatments, research and news, but this will be additional content I'm adding to FedUpwithFatigue.com.  Do you view fibromyalgia as an incurable disease or a symptom of a deeper problem within the body? The answer to that question makes a difference in how we manage life with fibromyalgia and if … [Read more...]


March 16, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Medscape: Mast cell activation may underlie 'chronic fatigue syndrome' From the article: "New York City ME/CFS specialist Susan M. Levine, MD, also said she sees MCAS frequently. 'I suspect 50% to 60% of ME/CFS patients have it. It's a very new concept.'" (Mast cell activation also has been implicated in Lyme disease and fibromyalgia.) 2. Newsweek: No strong evidence marijuana relieves chronic nerve pain, study finds In last week's news post, I featured an Israeli study that found cannabis was effective for fibromyalgia. This week, there's a study with an opposite finding. (In some … [Read more...]


Vitacost haul for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme | March 2018

Today I'm sharing my latest Vitacost.com order - a mix of supplements, food and body care items, some of which I use to treat fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. Click on the image below to access the YouTube video. … [Read more...]


Friday 5: March 9, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Norml.org: Cannabis effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia From the article: "Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology." 2. Practical Pain Management: Is there evidence to prescribe cyclobenzaprine for long-term pain management? A summary of the research on the effectiveness of cyclobenzaprine (brand name: Flexeril) for pain relief.  3. SolveCFS.org: Ramsay … [Read more...]


Friday 5: March 2, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Sessions creates new task force to target Rx opioids From the article: "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a new task force targeting manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medication, as well as physicians and pharmacies engaged in the 'unlawful' prescribing of opioids." 2. Health Rising: Is fibromyalgia caused by high pressure in the brain (intracranial hypertension)? From the article: "A group from Belgium – a country not particularly known for its biological interpretations of diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome – … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 23, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Gupta Programme: The real cause of ME/CFS, fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity (YouTube video, 14 minutes) Ashok Gupta, creator of the Gupta Programme, gives one of the best explanations I've ever heard on the underlying mechanisms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. This one is definitely worth the watch! You can learn more about the Gupta Programme here.  2. Stanford Medicine: Exercise elevates blood signature difference between people with, without chronic fatigue syndrome From the article: "...a new study suggests that a blood test following exercise may be a very … [Read more...]


ActiPatch review | Advanced 24-hour pain relief + free offer

I was given a 7-day trial device and a 720-hour device to use for this ActiPatch review. Although I was given these products for free, all opinions are my own and were not in any way influenced by ActiPatch USA.  Like most of you, I've been living with chronic bodywide pain for years. I thought I'd felt most every kind of pain there is until I developed a herniated disc last summer. Let me just say severe back pain is a whole different level of misery! When the herniated disc first made its presence known, I was couch- and bed-bound for a few days. At one point, I was literally … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 16, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Study finds little evidence shock therapy works [for fibromyalgia] Wow, that's a relief, right?  2. MD magazine: Why chronic fibromyalgia pain can be treated with physics From the article: "A new study posits that hyperactivity in the brain networks of patients with fibromyalgia is to blame for those patients’ chronic pain. According to the research, that hyperactivity causes brain networks to react in major ways to minor changes, a phenomenon known as 'explosive synchronization.'" 3. Prohealth: Five supplements that support the immune system Columnist Jenny … [Read more...]


If I could give anything to people living with fibromyalgia, it would be …

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, Prohealth's fibromyalgia editor Cindy Leyland asked me to contribute to her article, "If I could give anything to people living with fibromyalgia, it would be..." When I read her email, I immediately responded back, "You know I could write an entire article on that, right?" Besides a cure, there are so many things I wish for my fellow fibro warriors: lots of money so they can afford the medical care they need (including non-pharmacological treatments … [Read more...]

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