Friday 5: Jan. 12, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. Holtorf Medical Group: Is your physician treating 17 years behind the research? This confirms what I've suspected for a long time: We often know more about our condition than our doctors do.  2. Simmaron Research: Could chronic fatigue syndrome be a chronic form of sepsis?  This is an interesting idea especially since there's a similar theory floating around in the chronic Lyme world these days, and chronic Lyme is sometimes mislabeled as ME/CFS.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Sex hormone fluctuations regulate pain severity in women with fibromyalgia, study finds From the … [Read more...]


2017’s top fibromyalgia news and research

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Last week, I spent a few hours sifting through online media archives to compile my annual list of the top fibromyalgia news. As in previous years, 2017 brought a mix of good news and bad news. The high point of the year was when our community shared the spotlight with Lady Gaga after she officially acknowledged her fibromyalgia diagnosis. 2017 also brought the hope of two new treatments while another potential fibro drug failed its clinical trial. And … [Read more...]


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

1. CNN.com: 2017 - The year Americans couldn't say Gal Gadot (and a lot of other words) Fibromyalgia made 2017's top 10 list of most mispronounced words.  2. Pain News Network: Most cannabidiol [CBD] oils sold online are mislabeled Buyer beware for those who use hemp CBD oil. From the article: "...a new study published in JAMA has found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are either over or under-labeled." 3. Buzzfeed News: A controversial therapy for ME has led to claims of death threats, harassment and pseudoscience From the article: "[Lightning … [Read more...]


Taking Back My Health | A New Year’s resolution for 2018

A quick note from Donna: I hadn't planned to cover a New Year's topic this year, but my fibro friend Andrea from Autoimmune Strong reached out to me and asked if I'd be interested in publishing this guest post. As I read it, it reminded me of how I have dropped the ball so many times by making decisions that aren't the best for my health. I'm guessing most of us can relate to that. Her post was also a reminder that I had planned to begin the Autoimmune Strong program months ago when I first wrote about it. I think it's time that I finally commit to getting started. What about … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 29, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

(This post contains affiliate links.) 1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Aptinyx raises $70 million to expand clinical-stage pipeline in therapies for neurologic disorders From the article: "The funds will support clinical studies of several investigational candidates, including NYX-2925, which is in development for the treatment of fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain." 2. Solve ME/CFS Initiative: 2017 ME/CFS research highlights The initiative provides a summary of some of the top ME/CFS research from the year.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Selenium reduced pain in fibromyalgia rat model, … [Read more...]


Work-at-home jobs for the chronically ill

Maintaining employment is one of the biggest challenges of living with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions. It's a catch 22: Many of us are too sick to perform a traditional 40-hour-per-week job, but it's super difficult (and takes a long time) to get approved for disability benefits for a so-called "invisible illness." If you're physically able, working from home is an alternative. The challenge is finding a position that's flexible and pays a decent wage. In this post, guest writer Lucy Wyndham shares some resources for those who are interested in pursuing work-at-home … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 22, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

A quick note...I would like to wish each one of you a blessed holiday if you celebrate. It's going to be a quiet one again this year for my hubby and I since our families live out of state, and I'm not able to travel. Love you guys! 1. Pain News Network: Four infusions that can help relieve chronic pain Columnist Barby Ingle continues her ABC series on alternative pain treatments. This time, she covers infusions.  2. Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) CDE Public Review The U.S.-based National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...]


Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia and how to use them

A guest post by Amanda Sobczak With no known cure and limited treatment options, living a normal life with fibromyalgia can seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, medical cannabis can help. Cannabis won’t cure fibromyalgia, but it can make it more manageable. Cannabis is a well-known pain reliever. Additionally, medical cannabis for fibromyalgia patients also helps with insomnia and nausea, further alleviating symptoms associated with the disorder. What are the best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia? The key to finding the perfect strain for your symptoms is to experiment. There … [Read more...]


Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving the holidays with chronic illness

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  As soon as people finished off the last bits of their Halloween candy, my Facebook and Bloglovin' feeds were inundated with articles about how to survive the holidays with chronic illness. For a moment, I started to join the fray and write my own version, but after seeing headline after headline, it became clear to me I probably have very little to add in the way of advice on that subject. My fellow bloggers have it covered! So instead of regurgitating the … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 15, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Health Rising: Tying the brain and body together in fibromyalgia From the article: "For possibly the first time, problems with peripheral nerves in the body were correlated with central nervous system issues in fibromyalgia. Correlation is not causality, but the finding suggested that an underlying problem – still unnamed – may be producing problems in both the sympathetic and central nervous systems in fibromyalgia." 2. Claire's Comfy Corner: Strategies to help you get through a fibromyalgia flare Blogger Claire shares a long list of ideas to help weather a fibro … [Read more...]

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