Archives for February 2017


Daily Body Restore review | Probiotics with digestive enzymes

Disclosures: I was given this product to review as part of the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Daily Body Restore review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. The statements in this review and Daily Body Restore's website have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Research is slowly confirming what Hippocrates hypothesized more than 1,500 years ago: All disease begins in the gut. And yet, many of us don't … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 24, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. #MEAction: Stanford University announces breakthrough in ME/CFS research It sounds like they might be getting closer to an answer!  2. ME Association: Gold Coast researchers make chronic fatigue breakthrough And the good news just keeps coming for those with ME/CFS! 3. Prohealth: How I found my long-lost energy Prohealth editor and fibro warrior Karen Lee Richards shares how she's using thiamine to increase her energy levels.  4. National Fibromyalgia Association: Ask your medication questions! Pharmacist Abimbola Farinde is available to answer questions about … [Read more...]


9 tips for anyone newly diagnosed with fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links. You’ve been given a fibromyalgia diagnosis. Now what? I know you’ve felt like crap for months – maybe even years. You’ve probably shuffled from doctor-to-doctor, trying to figure out why you’re in pain all the time and can barely pull yourself out of bed. You may even be relieved that you finally have a diagnosis. I know I was when I was diagnosed in 2014. But looking back at my own fibromyalgia journey, one quote comes … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Pain News Network: Medicare planning to adopt CDC opioid guidelines and how to stop it! Bad news for the chronic pain community! 2. Prohealth: Getting well - A chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia mind game HealthRising's Cort Johnson shares an effective goal-setting strategy for the chronically ill. This feeds right into my type A personality and maybe yours, too.  3. Counting My Spoons: 13 ways Amazon Alexa can help those with chronic illness This little gadget sounds awesome!  4. Oregon Health & Science University: Maternal chronic pain study OHSU is seeking … [Read more...]


Vital Health Saunas review | How I’m using infrared sauna for fibromyalgia and Lyme

Heating pads, electric blankets and hot baths are top pain-fighting tools for many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included. A couple of months ago, I decided to increase my use of heat therapy and invest in an infrared sauna at the suggestion of my Lyme/fibromyalgia doctor. There are many benefits to using an infrared sauna, but I specifically purchased mine for pain relief and detoxification. My doctor explained that using an infrared sauna would help me to flush out toxins as the Lyme bacteria dies off during treatment, reducing my overall symptoms. There's some research indicating using … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. The Zebra Mom: 9 ways to keep the romance alive when you're chronically ill Just in time for Valentine's Day!  2. HuffPost: How gut bacteria is helping to unpack chronic fatigue syndrome A malfunctioning gut is being implicated in all sorts of conditions now, including ME/CFS. 3.  The Mighty: How I simplified my routine so I can live a normal life with fibromyalgia Contributor Violet B. discusses how making small changes have enabled her to live a more normal life.  4. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia patients seen to benefit from moderate exercise, … [Read more...]


Physician says fibromyalgia misdiagnosis is rampant

The following Q & A with Dr. David Brady about the commonality of fibromyalgia misdiagnosis was originally published on and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  When I stumbled upon my first podcast with Dr. David Brady last year, I knew I had to bring his important message to the fibromyalgia community. Dr. Brady’s message is one that I wish I had heard years ago when I was struggling with my first fibromyalgia symptoms, and it’s a message that hit me personally last spring when I was diagnosed with … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Feb. 3, 2017 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

1. Prohealth: Long-term fibromyalgia and ME/CFS sufferer recovers after 20+ years and tells her story (video, 31 minutes) We don't hear about recovery stories very often!  2. Prohealth: How to let go and actually ease fibro pain Columnist Boni Wagner-Stafford shares tips for managing life after fibromyalgia.  3. HealthRising: Acupressure mats for better sleep in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome I actually have one of these, but I'm not sure if I could ever sleep on it! Could you?  4. HealthRising: The NIH’s five-year funding increase for chronic fatigue syndrome … [Read more...]


23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]

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