Archives for November 2015


Enter the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway! [CLOSED]

I have a fun surprise as the holiday season officially kicks off in the U.S. today! I'm excited to join several of my fellow chronic pain bloggers - Counting My Spoons, February Stars, LiveKen, Living Incurably and The Invisible F - to host the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway! We've reached out to sponsors and pooled our resources to offer prizes to five lucky winners. There are two exciting prize packages. (Some of the links below are affiliate links.) The Ultimate Spoonie Gift Package includes: One Sootheze Pal, Maui Excellent Volcano Oil products, Serenitea & Fibrocane Daily from … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 23, 2015)

Just wanted to send a quick "Happy Thanksgiving" to my U.S. readers. My hubby and I's families live out of state and we aren't traveling, so we're eating at a local restaurant this year. After being on an anti-inflammatory diet since September, I can't wait to treat myself to some pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and homemade bread tomorrow! If you don't hear from me again, then you know my body didn't survive all the carbs! I also wanted to take a minute to say how grateful I am for all of you. I am humbled and honored you have chosen to visit and read my blog. Some of you write me the most … [Read more...]


A timeline of the Cymbalta lawsuits

This is Part 3 of an ongoing series on the Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits. It includes a timeline of the cases that have gone to court so far and their outcomes. I've included links to news stories on the cases wherever possible. Unfortunately, the mainstream media hasn't paid much attention to the Cymbalta lawsuits, so many of the links come from Law360, a subscription-based legal news service. For readers who really want to delve into the details of these cases, I would suggest signing up for a free trial of Law360 and then brewing a big pot of tea or coffee because you'll be reading for a few … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 16)

I've been on my new fibromyalgia doctor's anti-inflammatory diet for about six weeks now, and I'm learning quite a bit about how diet affects my fibro symptoms. I now know that my digestive system doesn't respond well to gluten, and I suspect that eating nuts and tomatoes may be increasing my pain levels. If I eat a meal "off plan," I feel it in my body the next day. I'm more tired, more achy. I ate fairly clean before this diet, but I've been amazed by just how much food can affect how I feel. It definitely gives credence to the saying, "Food is medicine." Top stories ... Next week is … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 9, 2015)

Hi everyone! I'm publishing an abbreviated version of the news this week due to extra work obligations. I'll be back with a full-length version next week. Thanks for understanding! Top stories ... Results from Tonix Pharmaceuticals' AFFIRM trial of Tonmya, a new fibro drug, should be released during next year's third quarter. reports some early results here. teams up with the National Fibromyalgia Association to compile "23 Truths People With Fibromyalgia Wish Others Understood." More great media attention for the ME/CFS community! This week, ME/CFS is … [Read more...]


This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 2, 2015)

What a week for the ME/CFS community! The poo hit the fan last week when two U.K.-based media outlets, the Daily Mail and The Telegraph, published findings from an Oxford University study claiming "positive thinking and exercise" can help ME/CFS patients recover. The response was rabid as you'll read below. Top news ... Here are links to the original stories that caused the uproar: "ME can be beaten by taking more exercise and positive thinking, landmark study claims" from the Daily Mail and The Telegraph's version, "Chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers 'can overcome symptoms of ME with … [Read more...]

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