Archives for October 2016


14 tips for less painful mammograms

"14 tips for less painful mammograms" originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  For me, mammograms rate right up there with getting my teeth cleaned and giving up bread. I don't enjoy having my annual mammogram, but I do it because mammography is still the best tool available for the early detection of breast cancer. I'd rather go through a few minutes of discomfort every year than risk losing my life to cancer because I didn't catch it soon enough. But as a woman with fibromyalgia and chronic pain, having some … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Oct. 28, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. National Institutes of Health: NIH plans to fund ME/CFS collaborative research centers Some great news for the ME/CFS community! 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Personality traits may impact severity of fibromyalgia symptoms Do you think this study is accurate? 3. Solve ME/CFS Initiative: "Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases identified a potential genetic abnormality linked with many of the symptoms of myalgic encephalomyelitis, commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome." An interesting finding that might have implications for the ME/CFS … [Read more...]


5 fibromyalgia-related products I won’t be repurchasing

I've never met a fibromyalgia-related lotion, cream or spray that I didn't want to try. Despite all the money I've wasted, I keep hoping that one day, somehow, someway, there will be a product that I can rub on my skin, and it will magically take the pain away. That would be awesome, wouldn't it? Well, I have found a few products that help reduce my fibro pain, but nothing ever delivers 100 percent. In fact, most fibromyalgia products fail miserably. I normally share products I like with my readers, but I think it's useful to share what didn't work, too. Below are a few of the products that … [Read more...]


Friday Five: Oct. 21, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Pain News Network: Researchers discover brain signature for fibromyalgia This could be a game changer! 2. MD magazine: Fibromyalgia medication [pregabalin/Lyrica] can potentially relieve IBS-related pain 3. Bloomberg: Pfizer loses U.K. patent appeal over $4.8 billion Lyrica drug. And Pfizer plans to appeal in an attempt to hold onto its cash cow. 4. MEAction: NIH is seeking U.S.-based ME/CFS patients for focus groups to discuss post-exertional malaise. 5. Illness to Wellness: What a bad moment bag is and why everyone should have one This week on … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Oct. 14, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Washington Post: The DEA has reversed its plan (at least temporarily) to classify kratom as a schedule I controlled substance and is seeking public comment through Dec. 1. Some fibromyalgia sufferers use the South Asian plant for pain relief. 2. National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association: Dr. Ginevra Liptan, a fibromyalgia specialist and fellow fibromyalgia warrior, will be answering questions during a free "Ask the Expert" webinar on Monday. Sign up here! (You might also enjoy my interview with Dr. Liptan. Her latest fibro book is one of the best on the market right … [Read more...]


Why you shouldn’t blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis

This column on "Why you shouldn't blindly accept your fibromyalgia diagnosis" originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  I’d like to preface this column by saying I believe fibromyalgia is real. It exists, and it’s life altering. With that being said, I think those of us with fibromyalgia should question our diagnosis. I’ve been reading Dr. David Brady’s new book, “The Fibro Fix.” In it, he references a study in the journal Rheumatology indicating only 34 percent of … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Oct. 7, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. National Pain Report: The DEA is reducing the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that can be manufactured in the United States next year. 2. ME Australia: Gene differences found in severe myalgic encephalomyelitis patients 3. Medscape: Seronegative rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia may be linked 4. Grace is Sufficient: One of my favorite fibro bloggers, Kimberly Penix over at Grace is Sufficient, just started this year's "Grace through the Holidays" series. Over the next few weeks, she'll guide us through small steps we can take to prepare for the … [Read more...]


Eli Lilly settles Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits

This update on the Cymbalta lawsuit settlement was first published on It is being  republished here with permission from the editor.  Drugmaker Eli Lilly and Company has quietly settled hundreds of personal injury lawsuits involving patients who claim they experienced withdrawal symptoms while quitting Cymbalta. When asked for an update on the cases, Robin McCall, media relations director for Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C., one of the firms handling the cases, wrote in an email, “All we can say is that the suit has been resolved.” Lilly is also … [Read more...]

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