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...]

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...]

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