01.17.2020

Jan. 17, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Globe Newswire: Axsome Therapeutics enters into exclusive license agreement with Pfizer Inc. for Pfizer’s reboxetine clinical and nonclinical data and for new phase 3 esreboxetine product candidate From the article: "Under the terms of the agreement, Axsome will receive from Pfizer an exclusive U.S. license to Pfizer data for reboxetine and esreboxetine encompassing a full range of nonclinical studies, and short-term and long-term clinical trials involving more than five thousand patients. The licensed data includes results of a positive Phase 3 and a positive Phase 2 trial of … [Read more...]

01.10.2020

Jan. 10, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Daily Mail: Hope for millions as scientists learn how to 'edit out' pain From the article: "Scientists have discovered how to switch off a key ‘pain gene’, dramatically raising hopes of a long-term treatment to relieve the agony of serious illness for millions. The revolutionary technique alters a patient’s DNA, silencing a gene that transmits pain signals up the spine." 2. USA Today: Trump's proposed Social Security disability cuts could end benefits for thousands. What to know From the article: "The agency has said it expects to conduct 4.4 million more continuing … [Read more...]

01.07.2020

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top posts from 2019

Am I the only one who felt like they were just barely treading water throughout the entirety of 2019? I'm not gonna sugar coat it ... 2019 was a tough year for me, both physically and professionally, and I'm glad it's over. There, I said it. But some positives did come out of 2019! Below you'll find last year's most popular posts on FedUpwithFatigue.com, and I'm thrilled to report the top two articles cover new research into several potential fibromyalgia drugs and a possible genetic link for fibromyalgia. It's progress ... however slow!!! The other three spots are occupied by … [Read more...]

12.27.2019

Dec. 27, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. USA Today: FDA adds warning labels to Lyrica, other nerve drugs over opioid concerns From the article: "The new labels will warn doctors against prescribing the drugs with other medications that can slow breathing, including opioid painkillers. The breathing risks also apply to elderly patients and those with existing lung problems." In a related article, Newsweek recently reported on the link between gabapentin and increased suicide risk. The media and the powers-that-be seem to really be building a case against drugs like gabapentin and Lyrica, which are commonly prescribed … [Read more...]

12.20.2019

Dec. 20, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. U.S. Congressman Chris Smith: Chris Smith’s TICK Act and End Neglected Diseases Act to become law From the article: “It’s taken 21 years and over a dozen bills I’ve introduced in Congress beginning with the Lyme Disease Initiative Act of 1998 to get here. ... This marks a major victory for hundreds of thousands - especially and including children - who suffer from this horrific disease.” 2. U.S. News & World Report: Domestic abuse can leave legacy of poor health From the article: "...survivors of domestic abuse were twice as likely to have fibromyalgia and [chronic … [Read more...]

12.16.2019

My Christmas wish list as someone with Lyme & fibromyalgia

I'm always on the hunt for the next thing that will help myself and my readers to feel better, and the holidays are a good time to ask for those items that may be out of reach during the rest of the year. But this year, Christmas is going to be slim because my bank account is in the red due to ongoing health issues and not being able to work my usual schedule. Since expensive (or for that matter, even inexpensive) gifts are out of the question, I thought it would be fun to come up with a wish list of chronic illness-related items I'd love to try. If Santa was real, this is what I'd ask … [Read more...]

12.13.2019

Dec. 13, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Health Rising: A one-stop shopping guide to the FM drug trials coming your way Blogger Cort Johnson gives a summary of several upcoming fibromyalgia drug trials! 2. Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump administration proposes Social Security rule changes that could cut off thousands of disabled recipients This is an extremely important article to read if you're receiving disability benefits in the U.S.! Public comment is being solicited for the next few days, and I'm assuming people should be contacting their legislators as well. From the article: "The proposed rule change would … [Read more...]

12.12.2019

6 reasons why your elimination diet failed

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. This article contains an affiliate link. When I became serious about healing from chronic illness, the first thing that made the biggest difference in my fibromyalgia symptoms was going on an elimination diet. I started in 2015 by cutting out gluten, soy, processed foods and most processed sugar. Within 30 days, I experienced a noticeable reduction in my pain. A few years later, I added dairy to my do-not-eat list after I tested positive for a casein sensitivity. Within … [Read more...]

12.06.2019

Dec. 6, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: CDC planning to update opioid guideline in 2021 From the article: "Public pressure has been building on the CDC to clarify the guideline. Although voluntary and only intended for primary care physicians treating chronic pain, the guideline’s recommended limits on opioid prescribing have been widely adopted as policy by federal agencies, states, insurers, pharmacies and many doctors." 2. WBUR.com: Human testing of springtime shot against Lyme disease coming soon From the article: "In the United States, Lyme disease vaccines are only available for dogs. But … [Read more...]

12.05.2019

New fibromyalgia & Lyme research studies (December 2019)

It's time for another research update! The latest fibromyalgia and Lyme disease studies entered into the federal government's ClinicalTrials.gov database are summarized below. As usual, you'll notice a great disparity between the number of fibromyalgia studies vs. those for Lyme. Thank God for the supplement companies because otherwise the Lyme community would be completely left out in the cold (as usual). I'm praying Congress will pass the TICK Act so more federal funding will be earmarked for Lyme research. Find out how you can support the TICK Act here! As for fibromyalgia, there … [Read more...]

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