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...]

11.06.2017

How to keep your medical life organized

I recently published an article on RawlsMD.com about my system for keeping medical records organized. Check it out here! … [Read more...]

11.03.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 3, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Law360.com: Microsoft ruling dooms Cymbalta labeling suit A New York court has refused to grant class-action status in legal actions brought by plaintiffs who claim drugmaker Eli Lilly misrepresented the frequency/severity of Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms. (Law360.com is a subscription site. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find this information on any other news source. The site does offer a free trial, which allows access to full articles.)  If you've been affected by Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms, you might be interested in my Cymbalta resources page, which includes links to … [Read more...]

10.31.2017

Resonant Botanicals review | Invigorate and Qi of Calm lotions

Resonant Botanicals gifted me bottles of Invigorate and Qi of Calm as part of this product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the products were a gift, all opinions in this Resonant Botanicals review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.  A few months ago, Michael Yocco from The Fay Farm announced he was starting his own company, Resonant Botanicals, and invited me to try his newly formulated lotions, Invigorate and Qi of Calm. As I've written before, I've never met a topical pain reliever that I didn't … [Read more...]

10.27.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 27, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. National Pain Report: Trump on opioids - short on specifics U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech on the so-called opioid epidemic yesterday. He called it the "worst drug crisis in American history" but gave few specifics on how to address it. More details at the link.  2. ProPublica: Dollars for docs Curious about how much money your doctor has received from big pharma? Find out here! (U.S. only) 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: How Amazon Echo Dot helps with my fibromyalgia Columnist Robin Dix shares why the Echo Dot is one of the best investments she's ever made in the … [Read more...]

10.24.2017

How to take the pain out of exercising with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions

This is a guest post by Andrea Wool, creator of Autoimmune Strong, an online fitness program for people with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and other types of chronic pain. This article contains affiliate links.  We all know exercise is good for us. I haven’t yet met anybody who would refute that point. Especially doctors. When you go for your yearly checkup, they always remind you to exercise, right? However, exercise can be too much for people struggling with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other chronic pain or chronic fatigue disorders. I know … [Read more...]

10.20.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 20, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia patients have decreased brain connectivity in some regions, study reports From the article: "Using specialized magnetic resonance imaging technology, a study from Taiwan found that patients with fibromyalgia have decreased brain connectivity in specific regions, including the insula and the default mode network." 2. Medical News Today: Does CBD oil work for chronic pain management?  MNT covers the current research on using CBD oil for chronic pain. They did a good job covering the basics. If you want more details, check out my post "What you … [Read more...]

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