Archives for June 2016


June 27, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

The longer I live with chronic illness, the less faith I have in our medical system. Last week, I received lab results from my first round of blood work ordered by my new Lyme doctors. Their findings? My immune system is compromised, according to at least two of the immune function tests they ordered. In addition to Lyme, my body is fighting several other tick-borne co-infections. Epstein Barr virus also made an appearance, although my doctors say it's not currently active. It's no wonder I've been exhausted and in pain for years. My body has to be weary from fighting all those … [Read more...]


5 unusual things to improve your sleep

This article on "5 Unusual Things to Improve Sleep" first published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) Nonrestorative sleep is one of the primary symptoms of fibromyalgia. But words like “nonrestorative” and “unrefreshing” don’t adequately describe fibromyalgia sleep. Instead, I like to reference one of my hubby’s favorite TV shows when I try to explain to healthy people what I feel like when I wake up in the morning. I call it “The Walking Dead” kind of tired. If you’ve ever watched the … [Read more...]


The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion Review

I received free product in exchange for this The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion review. I received no financial compensation. All opinions are my own. The Fay Farm Serenity CBD Lotion review A couple of months ago, my friend Julie over at Counting My Spoons introduced me to The Fay Farm's Healing CBD Hemp Lotion, and it quickly became my go-to body moisturizer. (You can read my Healing CBD Hemp Lotion review here.) It's ultra moisturizing, smells great and contains natural ingredients. The CBD helps my fibromyalgia pain. I thought it couldn't get better. I was wrong. There is a new love … [Read more...]


It may not be “just fibro” | It could be Lyme disease

The following article on Lyme disease and fibromyalgia was first published on and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I never completely accepted my fibromyalgia diagnosis. It didn’t make sense to me that one day my body just decided to go haywire for no reason. I’ve always believed there must be an underlying cause for my fibromyalgia symptoms. Pain is a signal that something is wrong in the body. So is fatigue and the compendium of other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. Once my doctors labeled me with fibromyalgia, they stopped looking … [Read more...]


June 10, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

Top news ... Like the chronic pain community doesn't have enough problems. Now they want to tax opioids... Great news! The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will receive $3.2 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to find better ways to diagnose and treat ME/CFS. Lidocaine injections found to lessen fibromyalgia pain. This made me laugh so hard that I shed tears: "7 ways to cure your fibromyalgia" "Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia" Research and treatments... HealthRising: "Wine Substance Beats Lyrica in Fibromyalgia … [Read more...]


Environmental Detox: The Missing Link to Treating Chronic Pain Naturally?

Editor's note: Those of us with fibromyalgia or ME/CFS are notoriously sensitive to everything ... smells, lights, noises, medications, supplements, specific foods ... and the list goes on and on.  I've taken steps over the past few years to limit my exposure to certain toxins. I replaced most of my harsh cleaners with more natural ones like vinegar and baking soda. I've cut out fast food, junk food, sodas and pretty much anything with ingredients that I don't understand. I went gluten free six months ago and am trying to get motivated to cut dairy. Despite these changes, I'm still … [Read more...]


My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief

The original version of "My 6 favorite things for fibromyalgia relief" was first published on It has been updated and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  (This post contains affiliate links.) I bet that headline caught your attention. I know it did because I’ve read my share of these types of articles over the years, hoping one of my fellow fibromyalgia warriors finally figured out a way to bring my suffering to an end. But if you have fibromyalgia, then you know it is the ficklest of conditions. What works for one of us does not … [Read more...]

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