Archives for August 2016


Organic Aromas diffuser review

Disclosure: I was given this product to review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Organic Aromas diffuser review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. I've always loved burning candles and using other home fragrance products. It just makes my home feel, well, more homey. But lately, I've been reading about how these artificial scents can be hazardous to our health. Since those of us with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are notoriously sensitive to just about everything, I'm forcing myself to break my years long … [Read more...]


Friday 5: August 26, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Pain Medicine News: FDA approves Troxyca ER for pain management  A new form of oxycodone will soon be available. 2. Dr. Jill: Is a hidden infection causing your fatigue?  Our bodies don't go haywire for no reason. Hidden infections may be an underlying cause for fibromyalgia and ME/CFS symptoms. I recently learned this firsthand.  3. Looking to save money on your prescription medications? Consider buying them from Canada! 4. ME Australia: Japanese researchers are using the herpes virus as a biomarker to differentiate between ME/CFS-associated fatigue and … [Read more...]


Winning your fibromyalgia disability case

This article on fibromyalgia disability originally published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. Winning your fibromyalgia disability case Between the pain, fatigue and other troublesome symptoms, maintaining employment can be a big challenge for many of us living with fibromyalgia. According to National Pain Report’s most recent fibromyalgia survey, 58 percent of respondents said they can’t work due to health reasons. Only 21 percent said they are employed full time. These numbers reflect how debilitating fibromyalgia can … [Read more...]


Friday 5: August 19, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Business Wire: "New research by brings hope to fibromyalgia sufferers" From the story: "New human research using the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant 'MitoQ' has shown as much as a 33% reduction in pain and significant improvement in memory among sufferers of fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful condition with no known cause or cure affecting tens of millions worldwide." Sounds like a promising supplement. Anyone tried it? 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: "Symptoms of fibromyalgia improve with Tai Chi mind body exercises" 3. The Mirror: "Experience what it's like to … [Read more...]


Friday 5: August 12, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

Hi everyone! I thought I'd give you a quick health update because it's been a while since my last one. As some of you know, I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in May. I've been struggling with treatment. Actually I guess it would be more accurate to say I've been struggling to START treatment. My doctor has been good about adding supplements and drugs slowly over time in order to minimize side effects. I was able to add in the recommended supplements with minimal issues, and my body seemed to accept the first prescription drug, too. At some point, I tried to add in a good probiotic … [Read more...]


Ask the doctors: Is fibromyalgia progressive?

This article, "Ask the Doctors: Is fibromyalgia progressive?," was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  At one time or another, all of us with fibromyalgia have wondered (and maybe even feared), “Is fibromyalgia progressive? Are my symptoms going to worsen over time?” Based on current research, fibromyalgia doesn’t appear to be degenerative, but I know a lot of us who live with this debilitating condition – myself included – question that conclusion. For many of us, it definitely feels like it’s getting worse! … [Read more...]


August 5, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

National Pain Report: Spanish study finds ai chi water therapy reduces fibromyalgia pain and improves overall quality of life. Pain News Network: Is your doctor threatening to reduce or eliminate your use of opioids for chronic pain? It seems a lot of doctors have misunderstood the intent on the Centers for Disease Control's new opioid prescribing guidelines. You might want to print this story out and take it to your next appointment... Wellness Mama: "Adrenal fatigue remedies and recovery" (Adrenal issues are common among those of us with fibromyalgia and/or ME/CFS and can aggravate … [Read more...]


EULAR’s revised fibromyalgia recommendations are more of the same

This story about EULAR's revised fibromyalgia recommendations was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor. Earlier this month, the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) released its revised recommendations for the management of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, there’s nothing really new about EULAR’s latest report. The group’s main conclusion is something every fibromyalgia sufferer has heard from their physician: “Based on meta-analyses, the only ‘strong for’ therapy-based recommendation in the guidelines was … [Read more...]

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