06.15.2018

June 15, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Intuition Physician: Morning light effectively treats fibromyalgia in just a few days From the article: "Just one hour of bright light each morning has been medically shown to decrease pain and sensitivity as well as increase functioning in patients with fibromyalgia." 2. Lyme Disease Association: Longhorned tick now confirmed in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas A new tick has migrated from Asia to the U.S.! From the article: "The longhorned tick is self-cloning, and is already known to transmit several human diseases, including spotted fever rickettsiosis, in its … [Read more...]

06.08.2018

June 8, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

Quick update... I'm sure some of you have noticed I've been MIA for a couple of weeks. I haven't been posting because I've been dealing with my first major Lyme flare in more than a year. I stopped taking my Lyme supplements for a couple of weeks before and after my back surgery last month, and that allowed the Lyme bacteria to reproduce and rebound with a vengeance. This recent flare has proven to me without a doubt that my Vital Plan supplements were obviously working and helping me a great deal - more than I realized! To end the flare, I went back on prescription antibiotics for a couple … [Read more...]

05.25.2018

May 25, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. New York Times: FDA approves first drug designed to prevent migraines (Posting since migraines are a common comorbity of fibromyalgia.) From the article: "The drug, Aimovig, made by Amgen and Novartis, is a monthly injection with a device similar to an insulin pen. The list price will be $6,900 a year, and Amgen said the drug will be available to patients within a week." 2. Pain News Network: Four alternative therapies that help lower pain levels Columnist Barby Ingle explores the effectiveness of the Quell pain relief device, radiofrequency ablations, reflexology and sonopuncture, … [Read more...]

05.23.2018

5 lessons I’ve learned from going dairy-free with fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I've always said I will never starve as long as I have two things in my house: peanut butter and cheese. These have been dietary mainstays since I was a kid because they both have protein, they're easy to grab and eat without any food prep, they're comforting and they just taste good! Unfortunately, my body has grown to hate both of them since I developed fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. I gave up my beloved Skippy peanut butter last year after I became nauseous … [Read more...]

05.18.2018

May 18, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Change.org: $57.1 million Lyme disease lawsuit filed against CDC I'm thrilled to see this announcement! Please consider signing the accompanying petition. (Are you aware the standard testing used by most medical facilities misses around half of all Lyme cases? If you have fibromyalgia or ME/CFS and have tested negative for Lyme in the past, please read this! Since my diagnosis with chronic Lyme in 2016, I've had a number of fibro friends who have paid out of pocket for better testing and found out they have chronic Lyme. People with chronic Lyme are frequently misdiagnosed as having … [Read more...]

05.04.2018

May 4, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

A quick note... I am having surgery this Monday on a herniated disc in my lower back. Depending on how I'm feeling, I may or may not post new content next week. If you feel called to do so, please send prayers and healing thoughts for a successful surgery and quick recovery. 1. PR Newswire: New hope for patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) From the article: "The study's results identified that KPAX002 was most effective in subjects with more severe ME/CFS symptoms and those with both fatigue and pain...." 2. National Capital Lyme Disease … [Read more...]

05.01.2018

Young mom shares her best tips for managing fibromyalgia in new book

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  Over the years, I've read thousands of books and articles about fibromyalgia and how to treat it. My favorites have always been those written by my fellow fibro warriors who share their firsthand accounts of what's worked for them and what hasn't. That's why I loved Melissa Reynolds' newest book, "Melissa vs. Fibromyalgia: My Journey Fighting Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Insomnia" so much. Named after her … [Read more...]

04.27.2018

Friday 5: April 27, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Daily Mail: Top medical journals accused of skewing research by raking in millions of dollars in 'bribes' from drugs firms This is downright shocking! It's interesting that this didn't make big headlines in the U.S. - probably because the pharmaceutical industry spends so much on advertising with the major media companies. 2. I Told You I was Sick: The sure-fire way to get ANY doctor to listen and take you seriously! Blogger Jaime Heidel shares a simple strategy for getting your doctor to take action. 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Biomarkers in saliva of fibromyalgia patients may … [Read more...]

04.26.2018

Omron Avail TENS review | Wireless & easy to use!

Disclaimer: This Omron Avail wireless TENS review is sponsored by Omron Healthcare. Although this review is sponsored, all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.  Many of my fellow chronic pain sufferers use TENS units to relieve localized pain. I've never been a big fan of TENS because most of them come with a jumble of wires and electrodes that constantly become tangled like Christmas lights. I also don't like the feeling of being tied (i.e. wired) to a device. Omron's new Avail TENS unit solves both of those issues because … [Read more...]

04.24.2018

Want to join me for group coaching?

Quick note: I want to apologize for being MIA the past week. I'm in the midst of another flare-up of the herniated disc in my back and have been mostly sofa-bound for several days now. I had a new MRI late last week, which showed the herniation has grown in size since my last MRI in July. I met with a surgeon today and will be having a laminectomy plus microdiscectomy next month. Now onto the reason for this post... This post contains an affiliate link.  Last week, my chronic illness friend Julie Holliday presented two free workshops on "Taking Back Control from Chronic Illness." … [Read more...]

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