07.12.2019

July 12, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Glial cells overly activated in brains of fibromyalgia patients to promote inflammation, study suggests Yet another research study is showing brain inflammation and the involvement of the immune system in those with fibromyalgia. So, the question is, if we go farther upstream, what's triggering the immune system? For some of us (but definitely not all of us), the answer is chronic Lyme. 2. The New Daily: Do vitamin drips really work? The evidence says no so save your money and eat real food! The tone of this article is really negative, but vitamin … [Read more...]

07.05.2019

July 5, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Is Indonesia banning kratom exports? From the article: “If this ban is allowed to go into effect, it will effectively end consumer access to kratom in the United States, and the FDA won’t have to do anything more to declare victory in the war on kratom." 2. TheMighty.com: 16 things people with fibromyalgia mean when they say 'I can't hang out' This a good awareness piece to circulate to friends and family. 3. Prohealth.com: 10 supplements for Lyme disease every patient has in their protocol From the article: "Recently, I asked for recommendations … [Read more...]

07.02.2019

Researchers may have found genetic marker for fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. University of Illinois College of Medicine researchers may have discovered the genetic signature of fibromyalgia. Phase two of the genomics study is currently underway in an attempt to validate their initial finding. Dr. Bruce Gillis “If we do identify the genomics of fibromyalgia, we will be aware of the cause of the disease, have a more precise target for treatment, be able to prove once and for all and unequivocally that fibromyalgia is an actual medical disease, be … [Read more...]

06.28.2019

June 28, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. LymeDisease.org: Draft of new IDSA Lyme guidelines available for public comment The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is accepting public comment on its proposed Lyme disease treatment guidelines until Aug. 10. This is the first treatment update in about 10 years. Dr. Jay Davidson posted a quick overview of the guidelines on YouTube. I didn't think it was possible, but these proposed guidelines are even worse than the current ones. For example, IDSA is recommending A SINGLE DOSE of doxycycline for certain tick bites. If this is approved, it will lead to the suffering of … [Read more...]

06.21.2019

June 21, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. EurekAlert: Gut bacteria associated with chronic pain for first time From the article: "Approximately 20 different species of bacteria were found in either greater or lesser quantities in the microbiomes of participants suffering from [fibromyalgia] than in the healthy control group. ...We also saw that the severity of a [fibromyalgia] patient's symptoms was directly correlated with an increased presence or a more pronounced absence of certain bacteria - something which has never been reported before." 2. LymeDisease.org: Working group’s abrupt shift excludes Lyme patients … [Read more...]

06.14.2019

June 14, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Analgesic Tapentadol can reduce pain in some fibromyalgia patients, study suggests An analgesic similar to Tramadol has been found helpful in alleviated fibromyalgia pain but only in a certain subset of patients. 2. Antibiotics (journal): Disulfiram (tetraethylthiuram disulfide) in the treatment of Lyme disease and babesiosis: Report of experience in three cases From the study: "Three patients, each of whom had required intensive open-ended antimicrobial therapy for control of the symptoms of chronic relapsing neurological Lyme disease and relapsing … [Read more...]

06.07.2019

June 7, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. App.com: Lyme disease a bioweapon gone awry? Rep. Chris Smith pushes Trump to investigate From the article: “If [Kris Newby's book, 'Bitten'] is true - and the documentation is very persuasive - we were doing bio-weapons work that was grossly immoral,” Smith said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press prior to Wednesday’s town meeting. “It’s a shocking read, and I hope it adds to our push. Looking at what happened might help us come up with how we deal with it now.” (The following paragraph contains an affiliate link.) (I urge every Lyme sufferer to read Newby's book. As … [Read more...]

06.03.2019

New fibromyalgia & Lyme disease research studies (May 2019)

I was on ClinicalTrials.gov earlier this month to research another article, and these bright blue boxes with the word "NEW" on them kept catching my attention as I was scrolling the pages. It seems we have quite a few new fibromyalgia and Lyme disease research studies in the works, so I thought it would be interesting to compile a summary of them. As usual, there are the typical exercise- and cognitive behavioral therapy-related trials for fibromyalgia, but there are few promising listings, too, including one that's looking at the effectiveness of cannabis for chronic pain and another … [Read more...]

05.31.2019

May 31, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Lymedisease.org: Bill calls for $100 million to fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases From the article: "In a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics and treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, today introduced the Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout (TICK) Act." 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Altered reflexes in spinal cord may contribute to fibromyalgia pain, study finds From the article: "Spinal cord reflexes were more sensitive to pain in fibromyalgia patients than in … [Read more...]

05.24.2019

May 24, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

This page contains affiliate links. 1. Medium: My ME is in remission! Huge news this week! Jennifer Brea, the creator of the popular chronic fatigue documentary Unrest, is in remission following several spinal surgeries. I'm just thrilled for her! Her story is an example of why I am constantly saying do not just accept your diagnosis and treat symptoms. We should always look for the underlying cause of our illness! If we can figure it out and treat that, recovery may be possible! Jennifer is proof of that! 2. U.S. News & World Report: Antiviral or antiretroviral drugs for … [Read more...]

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