05.23.2019

Supercharge your power to heal (and a free five-day challenge)!

The following is a review of the Supercharge Your Power to Heal Yourself course. I was given access to the course for free in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. As many of you know, I was recently MIA from writing and blogging for nine months due to a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. During that time, I was confined to bed for around 20+ hours a day because I would get a severe headache and neck pain anytime I stood or sat up for more than a few minutes. This was the first time in my life I'd been incapacitated for so long, and the experience gave me new … [Read more...]

05.17.2019

May 17, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Record decline in opioid prescriptions From the article: "The volume of prescription opioids dispensed in the U.S. last year fell 17 percent, the largest annual decline ever recorded, according to a new study by the health analytics firm IQVIA. Opioid prescriptions have dropped 43% since their peak in 2011." 2. Wise Traditions: The problem with fluoride (YouTube audio only, 27 minutes) If you drink tap water from a town, city or community, you really need to listen to this podcast from Wise Traditions. 3. The Trail to Health: How I healed from Lyme … [Read more...]

05.14.2019

The if this, then that approach to managing fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme flares

Every week I write about tools and resources to help people live better with fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. You'd think I'd have the perfect plan to deal with the inevitable flare of symptoms. Well, not so much! I swear there's something about a flare that incapacitates the few brain cells I have left. Put simply, when I'm faced with higher-than-normal pain levels, exhaustion or other intensifying symptoms, I can't think! Because I can't think, I can't remember what to do to help myself. So, all those pain-relieving gadgets and vitamin powders and heating pads sit on a shelf as I'm … [Read more...]

05.10.2019

May 10, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. ScienceDaily: Does insulin resistance cause fibromyalgia? From the article: "Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance." 2. Lowell Sun: Uptick of hope in battle against Lyme disease Notice how they don't use the word "vaccine" when that's really what they're working on... 3. Prohealth: A quick guide to 7 popular toxin binders Binders are frequently discussed in the Lyme community but few in the fibromyalgia … [Read more...]

05.03.2019

May 3, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: First diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome identified (Note: I don't generally post many articles about ME/CFS these days, but this is important news to share since many of you are also diagnosed with ME/CFS.) From the article: "With strong preliminary evidence of a diagnostic tool for ME/CFS, Davis and his colleagues are moving forward to test it in more patients. They are also planning to use the nanoelectronic assay to screen for drugs that can help stabilize the blood samples from ME/CFS patients. 2. Sciencemag.org: Long-underfunded Lyme … [Read more...]

04.30.2019

How to roll away your fibromyalgia pain

This is a guest post by Andrea Wool, fellow fibromyalgia warrior and founder of Autoimmune Strong, a fitness program developed for those with chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia. This post contains affiliate links. I was an active person before fibromyalgia changed my body. I was a go-getter, someone who threw myself into my long work days. I was a long distance runner, a gym rat, a skier. I was someone who loved to go out, to travel, to hike and camp, the life of the party. Andrea Wool, founder of Autoimmune Strong That all changed once fibromyalgia hit. I went from this … [Read more...]

04.26.2019

April 26, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: CDC [says] opioid guideline should not be used to taper patients From the article: "In an impassionate commentary published in The New England Journal of Medicine, the guideline’s authors say the agency does not support abrupt tapering or discontinuation of opioid medication, and that the guideline’s recommendation that daily doses be limited to no more than 90 MME (morphine milligram equivalent) should only be applied to patients who are starting opioid therapy." 2. Newsweek: Untreatable form of Lyme disease could hit 2 million Americans by 2020, scientists … [Read more...]

04.25.2019

5 lessons I’ve learned from 7 months in bed

This article was originally published on National Pain Report. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. When I developed a severe headache and neck pain after breakfast on June 30 last year, I didn't think anything was out of the ordinary. I have fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme so unexpected symptoms are not unusual for me. I popped some over-the-counter pain killers and settled onto the sofa for a Netflix marathon, figuring it would pass. Little did I know I'd be stuck alternating between that sofa and my bed for the next 7+ months. I'd wake up each morning feeling … [Read more...]

04.19.2019

April 19, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Street Insider: Tonix Pharma (TNXP) announces plans to expand TNX-102 SL phase 3 program beyond PTSD to include fibromyalgia From the article: "Tonix believes that increasing the dose of TNX-102 SL from 2.8 mg to 5.6 mg in the new Phase 3 fibromyalgia study will likely provide the clinical evidence to support the 5.6 mg dose as the efficacious dose for the management of fibromyalgia." 2. Global Lyme Alliance: Global Lyme Alliance reveals several drugs and drug combinations that show success in treating Lyme disease This is a comprehensive update on various research efforts … [Read more...]

04.17.2019

5 more of my favorite things for fibromyalgia and Lyme relief (2019 edition)

This article was originally published on National Pain Report and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. It may contain affiliate links.  In 2016, I shared a few of my favorite things for relieving fibromyalgia symptoms. That article is still one of the most popular ones on FedUpwithFatigue.com. A lot has happened since then, so I think it's time to publish an updated list. Below are some of my current favorites for managing and healing from fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. I'd love to read about what's helping you in the comments section! Disclaimer: This article is for … [Read more...]

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