Archives for December 2015


Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Dec. 28, 2015)

I wasn't planning to publish a news post this week because I've had family visiting from out of town, but I saw several New Year's-related stories that are worth sharing. Hope you have a wonderful New Year's Day and that your recovery is speedy if you happened to have celebrated last night!  Top story ... Leading researcher says ME/CFS will be "solved" in three to five years. Looking forward and back ... Grace is Sufficient gives us tips on how to set and achieve goals when living with chronic illness. This is timely info for the New Year! And's Adrienne Dellwo also tackles … [Read more...]


Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Dec. 21, 2015)

For those of you who follow me on Facebook, I finally got my Christmas tree decorated this morning! I kept thinking that I'd do it one evening while watching TV, and I finally realized that if I didn't tackle it first thing in the morning, then it was never going to get done! Now, if I can get through the other to-dos on my very long list before my family arrives for a visit next week. Yep, I'll be one of those crazy people out in the stores tomorrow doing last-minute Christmas shopping. Oh well. There's always next year to be ready, right?  Since we'll have family in town, I won't be … [Read more...]


How to use medical marijuana without getting high

This post, "How to Use Medical Marijuana without Getting High," originally appeared on National Pain Report. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  The research may be slim, but there are plenty of anecdotal accounts indicating marijuana can be effective at reducing fibromyalgia pain. Visit any online fibromyalgia support group, and you’ll find more than a handful of pioneering members who have sworn off pharmaceuticals and instead toke up regularly for pain relief and better sleep. But if you’ve never tried marijuana before, the idea of using it – even for … [Read more...]


Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Dec. 14, 2015)

I'd like to welcome all of's new members! I had a sizable jump in subscribers earlier this week after the National Fibromyalgia Association shared my post, "20 Helpful Tips for Cleaning & Organizing when You're Chronically Ill," on Facebook. I'm so grateful that you read my work and found it helpful enough to subscribe!  As a subscriber, you'll receive these news posts each week, where you'll find the latest fibromyalgia/ME/CFS headlines about research, treatment, advocacy, useful tips/advice, personal stories and much more! I see these news posts as a service to … [Read more...]


20 helpful tips for cleaning & organizing when you’re chronically ill

This article on "20 helpful tips for cleaning and organizing when you're chronically ill" first appeared on Disclaimer: One of the most important things I've learned about fibromyalgia and ME/CFS is there is a wide spectrum of disability among our patient groups. Some of us lead pretty normal lives in spite of the pain, fatigue and other symptoms, and some of us have symptoms so severe that we can't get out of the bed, much less clean a toilet. Given that spectrum, it's impossible to come up with tips that apply to everyone. So, in reading these, I ask that you apply the tips … [Read more...]


Naltrexone “changed life” of fibromyalgia patient

My regular readers know I'm a big fan of using low dose naltrexone for fibromyalgia. I recently had the opportunity to write about LDN and how it's becoming an emerging fibromyalgia treatment for Pain News Network. The story includes interviews with Jarred Younger, the researcher who conducted the first two LDN/fibromyalgia studies at Stanford University (more studies are on the way!), and Linda Elsegood, founder of the LDN Research Trust. I'm reprinting the story here with Pain News Network's permission. The pain in Janice Hollander’s legs was so excruciating that she wanted to cut … [Read more...]


Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Dec. 7, 2015)

I was reminded of why I hate dentists earlier this week while having oral surgery. My dentist had told me this was a simple procedure, and that most people can leave her office and go right back to work. Well, I'm not most people. She sent me home with instructions to use ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain. That advice lasted until the Novocaine wore off, then I was calling the dentist at 9 p.m. on her cell phone, begging for pain meds. Fortunately, a little Tramadol took the edge off. It also helped with my fibro pain. At least I got a small reprieve... Top headlines ... LabCorp … [Read more...]

12.09.2015’s 2015 fibromyalgia gift guide

How did this happen? It seems like it was just yesterday that I was walking around in shorts and flipflops, swatting away the mosquitoes and complaining about the humidity. Somehow, someway, "the most wonderful time of the year" is here! With Christmas just a few days away, I thought it would be fun to create a fibromyalgia gift guide with some of my favorite products just in case you or your loved ones are looking for some holiday shopping inspiration. So, here are my top picks this year... (This post includes affiliate links.) Stocking stuffers Two Old Goats Foot Balm Lotion - I've been … [Read more...]


Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 30, 2015)

There's a lot going on this week at In case you missed it, there are still a few days to enter the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway. I'm partnering with several chronic illness bloggers to offer two huge prize packs and three smaller prizes. The contest ends at midnight on Friday. THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. I've also created a new facebook group called "What Works for Fibromyalgia." Yep, I know there are hundreds of fibromyalgia-related facebook groups, but this one is a little different. We'll be focusing on best practices for fibromyalgia - what actually works to help … [Read more...]

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