12.15.2017

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...]

12.12.2017

My current treatment protocol for chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia

I very rarely give an update on my health status because I don't think it's very helpful for my readers, but I've had several people over the past weeks ask for the details of my current treatment protocol for chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia. Since it's easier to write it out once instead of multiple times, I've decided to share it in a post for those who are interested. If you're not interested, I completely understand! I know protocols are individualized, and what I'm doing may or may not be relevant to your own health journey. A quick review: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in … [Read more...]

12.08.2017

Friday 5: Dec. 8, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. TV 14 News Evansville, Indiana: Local doctor gives hope to fibromyalgia sufferers From the article: "An Evansville physician is going to the American Academy of Pain Management conference in San Antonio Wednesday, to present what could be a breakthrough finding. He suspects the chronic pain of diseases like fibromyalgia could be caused by a series of viruses." 2. Sassy Holistics: The beginner’s guide to natural healing Kristen from Sassy Holistics covers the basics of natural healing. I think these are key to regaining health.  3. Better Health Guy Blogcasts: Is your house making … [Read more...]

12.04.2017

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s 2017 gift guide for #fibromyalgia & #Lyme

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links I can't believe it's that time of year again! I saw my first Christmas decorations in stores in September, and before I knew it Halloween and Thanksgiving had whizzed past. Bah humbug! I'm not ready for trees, glitter and Christmas carols. I'm still dreaming about turkey and pumpkin pie! Well, like it or not, the holiday season is upon us, so without further ado, here is FedUpwithFatigue.com's annual gift guide! Gifts of … [Read more...]

12.01.2017

Friday 5: Dec. 1, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Simmaron Research: Norwegian Rituximab chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) trial fails From the article: "Over the past five years or so, Rituximab has been the great hope for the ME/CFS community. The anecdotal stories of dramatic recoveries were beyond enticing. A successful trial could ultimately have led to the first FDA-approved drug for ME/CFS and relief for many, a huge shift in how the disease is viewed, and surely more research funding. That unfortunately is not to be." 2. Prohealth: Four ways CBD (cannabidiol) may help Lyme patients Columnist Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio covers … [Read more...]

11.24.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 24, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fox 25 Boston: MGH researchers make major discovery about fibromyalgia and IBS From the article: "Researchers at Mass. General Hospital have made a groundbreaking discovery that could ease symptoms for millions of people suffering from conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander says a good proportion of patients diagnosed with those health issues may actually have a disease called small fiber polyneuropathy, SFPN." 2. HealthRising.org: Could a diet reduce the pain in fibromyalgia? A FODMAPS study suggests yes From the … [Read more...]

11.23.2017

What every fibro warrior needs to know about Lyme disease

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia, your doctor may have tested you for Lyme disease, a bacterial infection frequently transmitted by ticks. If you received a negative test result, he or she likely crossed Lyme off their mental list of potential causes for your symptoms and moved on to ruling out other conditions. But what many doctors don’t realize is the standard testing for Lyme disease is only 50-60 percent accurate. That means you could still have Lyme even … [Read more...]

11.17.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Simple 1-minute clinical tests may ease fibromyalgia diagnosis, study suggests I don't even know what to say about this. Are they serious? SMH 2. Pain News Network: DEA cutting prescription opioid supply in 2018 More bad news for opioid users. From the article: "The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is going ahead with plans to reduce the supply of many opioid painkillers by 20 percent next year. That’s in addition to steep cuts in opioid production quotas the agency imposed in 2017."  These 16 senators played a role in the DEA's decision.  3. Daily … [Read more...]

11.14.2017

Why conventional medical doctors fail fibromyalgia patients (and what to do instead)

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article contains an Amazon affiliate link.  Within six months of my fibromyalgia diagnosis, it was evident to me that recovery was not going to come from a conventional medical doctor (MD) doling out prescription medications. I have way too many health problems for them to be solved during a routine 15-minute doctor's visit. I haven't seen my fibromyalgia specialist since 2014, and I doubt I ever will. I've given up on the conventional medical model because … [Read more...]

11.10.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 10, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. Power Health Talk: Chronic fatigue - cutting through the B.S. (YouTube, 52, minutes) Dr. Martin Rutherford and Dr. Randall Gates continue their "cutting through the B.S." series with a video on chronic fatigue. These doctors are way ahead of most when it comes to treating fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and similar conditions. I'm sure that's partially because Dr. Rutherford has fibromyalgia. Earlier this year, they released a "cutting through the B.S." video on fibromyalgia. If you haven't watched it, I recommend it highly. It's one of the best fibromyalgia-related videos I've ever seen. … [Read more...]

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