Archives for May 2017


No, the mystery of fibromyalgia is NOT solved! | An update on the “fibromyalgia is caused by excess blood vessels in the hands” study

Over the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has been inundated with an article entitled, "Fibromyalgia mystery finally solved! Researchers find main source of pain in blood vessels." I didn't think too much about it at first because I knew this was an old news article from 2013. As far as I knew, nothing had ever transpired as a result of the research. But then, the article kept showing up again and again and again. I even had a few readers and friends email it to me, asking if it was legit. The short answer is yes and no. I'm sorry to disappoint, but no, researchers have NOT … [Read more...]


Friday 5: May 26, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

1. Prohealth: What research is being conducted on fibromyalgia? This is a really good list of fibromyalgia-related research projects supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. It gives me hope... 2. Medical News Today: Vitamin D supplements and good night's sleep may help to manage pain I've supplemented with vitamin D for many years because of I was deficient, but I can't say that it does anything to lessen my pain. How about you?  3. Could green light put a stop to your pain? This sounds like the placebo effect to me but … [Read more...]


Study says there’s “little evidence” to support the use of vitamins/minerals for fibromyalgia

Many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included - have cabinets full of over-the-counter supplements that we've tried in an effort to reduce our symptoms. Now, a new systemic review of vitamin/mineral use among those with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) confirms what many of us already knew: We may be wasting a lot of money on supplements that don't work. The Netherlands-based study pooled data from 27 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies and tried to discern whether FMS/CFS patients suffer from vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and which - … [Read more...]


Friday 5: May 19, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia - Cutting through the BS (YouTube, 1 hour, 49 minutes) Grab your favorite beverage, head to your favorite chair and settle in to watch this longer video that discusses some of the underlying causes for fibromyalgia symptoms and how to treat it. Drs. Rutherford and Gates did a good job of explaining why we feel like we do and their approach to treatment. It's worth the time to watch! (Dr. Rutherford has fibromyalgia!) 2. VeryWell: Can I be fired for sick days due to fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue … [Read more...]


Using flotation therapy for fibromyalgia

This article on flotation therapy for fibromyalgia was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Ever wish your cares would just float away and disappear? Well, that's not possible, but I may have found the next best thing: flotation therapy! Last month, I finally redeemed a Christmas gift certificate for a 90-minute flotation therapy session. Developed in the 1950s by a neuroscientist, flotation therapy (technically known as flotation REST - reduced environmental stimuli therapy) involves floating in an isolated … [Read more...]


What living with fibromyalgia has taught me | 2017 International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

A few months ago, I posted a meme (i.e. graphic) on Facebook about how chronic illness has much to teach us. I remember one of my readers balked at the posting, commenting (and I'm paraphrasing here), "What could living in pain possibly teach me?" I understood where she was coming from. It's a struggle sometimes to see the lessons taught by fibromyalgia, but they are there if we really look and reflect. A couple of weeks ago, I was trying to come up with a post idea for International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day when I happened to watch a YouTube video from Lemons 'n' Lyme where she asked her … [Read more...]


May 10, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

Quick note: I have a special International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day post publishing on Friday, May 12, so I'm sending out this week's fibromyalgia/chronic fatigue news a couple of days early. 1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Pilot study reports beneficial effects of ambroxol for fibromyalgia pain From the study: “...ambroxol was associated not only to decreased fibromyalgia pain but also to improvement in other bothersome fibromyalgia features such as sleep disturbances, stiffness, and dysautonomia symptoms." 2. The Health Digest: 8 ways your home is making you sick #4 on the list … [Read more...]


Friday 5: May 5, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

This post contains an affiliate link.  1. I Told You I Was Sick: 10 strange-looking Amazon products that treat chronic pain  This is a fun list of unusual (to say the least) products that supposedly help with chronic pain. Whether they actually work or not, at least they're entertaining!  2. Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (YouTube video, 18 minutes) In this video, Drs. Martin Rutherford and Randall Gates discuss the link between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto's thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. These doctors … [Read more...]


Unique fibromyalgia brain signature could lead to easier diagnosis

This article on the discovery of a fibromyalgia brain signature was originally published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Last year, University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) researchers found a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia with 93 percent accuracy. Yep, you read that right! 93 percent! Isn't that fantastic news? UCB researchers published their study in the journal, PAIN, and while it didn't receive a huge amount of press coverage, it definitely made my list of 2016's top fibromyalgia stories because of its possible … [Read more...]

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