Archives for July 2016


Friday 5: July 29, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

Tonix Pharmaceuticals has started a second phase III trial to test the effectiveness of Tonmya, a sublingual form of cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) that's been developed to improve the sleep of those with fibromyalgia. Researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine discover ME/CFS symptoms can be triggered by straining muscles and nerves. Musician Kris Kristofferson was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and later Alzheimer's disease. Turns out, he had Lyme disease! With treatment, now he's back performing on stage. This is a real-life account … [Read more...]


What the research really says about using opioids for fibromyalgia

This story on using opioids for fibromyalgia first published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Using opioids for fibromyalgia My fibromyalgia and primary-care doctors have always been united when it comes to one thing: Opioids do not relieve fibromyalgia pain! Early on, I believed them and didn’t question their treatment plans. I figured they must have formed their opinions based on actual clinical trials. Turns out, I was wrong. The reality is there have been no sizable, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies to … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 22, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

I'm trying something different today! I've been missing the weekly fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news posts. Since I started to publish them semimonthly, it feels like I'm not giving you the most up-to-date fibromyalgia/ME/CFS news in a timely manner. So, I'm going to try something called Friday 5 for a few weeks and see if this works better! Each Friday, I'll send you 5 interesting tidbits from the fibromyalgia and ME/CFS communities. This way, you'll always get the latest news, but you won't be overwhelmed with a LONG ... LONG ... LONG post of links. Let me know how you like it! This … [Read more...]


Futura Genetics review

Disclosure: I received a Futura Genetics DNA test as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Futura Genetics review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. Futura Genetics review ... Would you want to know if you were genetically predisposed to having certain life-altering conditions? I know not everyone feels this way, but I definitely would! For me, the more information I know about potential health issues, the better. It helps me to make better decisions regarding my health. So … [Read more...]


Why SAM-e is one of my favorite fibromyalgia supplements

This article on using SAM-e for fibromyalgia originally published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Always seek the counsel of your medical provider before starting or stopping any treatment. (This post contains affiliate links.) Without a doubt, SAM-e is the greatest gift that my fibromyalgia doctor has given me. Over the last nine months, it’s become one of my go-to supplements for managing daily … [Read more...]


Why are fibro researchers wasting time and money on the obvious?

This commentary was first published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Since I’ve been reporting on fibromyalgia, I’ve had the opportunity to interview some awesome researchers. Even though it feels like a cure (or even an effective treatment) for fibromyalgia is far away, there are some incredibly committed, talented researchers out there who are working so hard to help us. I think some of them want the answers just as much as we do, and their perseverance and dedication is paying off. Nearly every month there’s another study … [Read more...]


Low-dose naltrexone: An effective treatment for ME/CFS?

The following article on low-dose naltrexone for ME/CFS was first published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Unlike fibromyalgia, there are no FDA-approved treatments for ME/CFS, leaving few options for relieving symptoms. But in recent years, a growing number of patients have started using a little-known drug called low-dose naltrexone (LDN) as an off-label treatment, and now an Alabama-based researcher is planning the first trial to find out if LDN actually reduces the symptoms of ME/CFS. The FDA approved naltrexone to treat addiction to … [Read more...]

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