Archives for October 2015


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 26, 2015)

Thought I'd share a fibro fog moment this week: I accidentally used the wrong debit card (because they are both silver in color) to pay a large bill yesterday and ended up overdrawing my bank account. Didn't discover what I'd done until this morning, so that required an unplanned trip to the ATM and the bank to fix the account balances. Can't believe I did that! Doh! Top news ... Oklahoma woman with fibromyalgia admits to stealing hydrocodone because she couldn't afford her medication. This is incredibly disturbing: ME Global Chronicle covers the story of Karina Hansen, a Danish ME/CFS … [Read more...]


The Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits: An interview with the attorneys

This is Part 2 of an ongoing series on the Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits. It includes an interview with Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, PC, one of the law firms representing hundreds of patients who have been affected by Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms. Part 1 of this series addressed Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms, why the lawsuits were brought and helpful information for anyone planning to stop Cymbalta. Part 3 is a timeline of the lawsuits.  As always, I'll post any news related to the lawsuits in my weekly news updates. To make things easy, I've created a page dedicated to the … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 19, 2015)

Fall has definitely arrived in Delaware! I woke up to frost on the roof on Sunday morning, and my kitty Buddy (the one in my bio photo) keeps going in and out, in and out, in and out, hoping the temperature is going to be warmer. We take care of a feral cat colony at the end of our street, and two new cats showed up a few weeks ago. (People drop them off on our dead-end street several times a year.) I had them sterilized and released them back into the bushy area where they'd been living. But it's cold now, and they need better shelter, so I got my hubby to convert an old shed on our property … [Read more...]


Using low dose naltrexone for fibromyalgia

Note: The following post details my experience with using low dose naltrexone for fibromyalgia. This article was first published in Fibro Flare magazine's October 2015 issue. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Like others, it took several years and many doctors’ visits for me to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. By the time I was diagnosed in early 2014, I was relieved to finally have a name for the mishmash of symptoms that I’d been experiencing for so long. I didn’t know much about fibromyalgia back then. I naively thought that I’d take a pill every day, and … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 12, 2015)

Top stories ... Market researcher predicts more than 1 million new diagnoses of fibromyalgia by 2023. Judicial Panel refuses to consolidate Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits - again. ME/CFS gets more mainstream media coverage! This week The Atlantic magazine featured "The Tragic Neglect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome." Here's a teaser: "It leaves people bed-bound and drives some to suicide, but there's little research money devoted to the disease. Now, change is coming, thanks to the patients themselves." Louisiana (U.S.) woman with fibromyalgia sues Life Insurance Company of North America … [Read more...]


I think I’m getting better (and here’s how I’m doing it)

Disclaimer: A couple of people who have read the following post online have accused me of trying to "sell" my doctor's fibromyalgia program. The intent of this blog has always been to provide helpful information to the fibro and ME/CFS community. The intent of this post was to share the steps that I'm taking in an attempt to feel better. In no way should it be construed that I'm "selling" Dr. Murphree's program. I am not profiting in any way from mentioning his program. (I don't even think that Dr. Murphree is aware of this post yet.) No one has to sign up for a program to incorporate most of … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 5, 2015)

Top news ... Judge orders Hobby Lobby to stop discriminating against transgender employee with fibromyalgia. The craft store chain refused to let a longtime employee use the women's restroom after she transitioned. The crackdown continues: Over-the-counter codeine-based pain relievers may soon require a prescription in Australia. Free event! The (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has invited Dr. Charles Lapp from the Hunter-Hopkins Center and Dr. Bruce Campbell, founder of the CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help Program, to discuss "Managing ME/CFS/SEID: Learning to … [Read more...]


Why the “new” ICD10 fibromyalgia code doesn’t matter

I've debated whether or not to write this post because doing so makes me feel like a killjoy. Good news is rare in the fibromyalgia community, and last week many people were overjoyed when they heard that fibromyalgia was listed as a diagnosis in the newly adopted (at least in the U.S.) ICD10 medical coding system. This story from made the rounds on the Internet, with many U.S. readers proclaiming "It's about time!" and those in other countries left wondering, "When will fibromyalgia be recognized as a real disease in MY country?" I'm trained as both an ICD9 and ICD10 … [Read more...]

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