Archives for July 2017


30 low-cost fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme treatments

This article on low-cost treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme was originally published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Chronic illness can be a huge financial drain. As someone who is living with fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme, most of the money I make from working part time is spent on my treatment. I hand over hundreds of dollars every month for the cleanest, healthiest food I can find. I spend way too much money on supplements just so I can function. And then, there are the doctor's appointments (which cost hundreds of … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 28, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Electrical brain stimulation could help relieve fibromyalgia pain, study suggests Multiple studies now support the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for fibromyalgia.  2. Remedy: How to negotiate a medical bill If you've got a big medical bill, it's worth it to try to negotiate a discount. I was recently able to get a reduction on a Labcorp bill.  3. Newsweek: Lyme disease vaccine on fast track for FDA approval I guess some people would consider this to be good news, but the general public probably doesn't remember that we had a … [Read more...]


Another potential fibromyalgia drug bites the dust

This article was originally published on It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  The fibromyalgia community suffered yet another disappointment earlier this month when drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo announced mirogabalin, a potential new treatment, failed to meet its pain-reducing goals in clinical trials. Last year, I reported that three potential new fibromyalgia drugs were heading to clinical trials. Two of those contenders - mirogabalin and TNX-102, a sublingual form of cyclobenzaprine, have now been shown to be ineffective for fibromyalgia. The … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 21, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. ME Association: CDC removes CBT and GET as recommended treatments for ME/CFS Maybe this is the government's way of acknowledging the many flaws of the controversial PACE trial.  2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Cleaning house, the fibro way Columnist Carrie Anton shares tips on how she manages housework with chronic illness. If you enjoy her article, you might also like my post on "20 helpful tips for cleaning and organizing when you're chronically ill." 3. News 10: Clinical trial being held for Lyme disease test The existing testing for Lyme disease misses about half of all cases, … [Read more...]


Got fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue? There’s a class to help with that…

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I spent a lot of time researching and trying to figure out the best treatments. I was on a desperate hunt for that ever-elusive magical pill that was going to restore my previous life. Back then, I didn't understand fibromyalgia treatment involves much more than popping a few pills or supplements every day. Lifestyle changes can be just as important. That lesson was my most important takeaway from the Introductory Course offered by CFIDS & Fibromyalgia Self-Help. Yes, you read that right: There's actually an online class to help you … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 14, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank the many people who emailed and commented to me last week about my back injury. I'm happy to report that I am feeling better. I'm still in pain but it's no where near as intense as it was. I saw a chiropractor a couple of times last week with only minimal improvement. I finally broke down and went to my nurse practitioner on Monday, who prescribed a few days of prednisone (yes, I know that stuff isn't good but I was desperate for relief in any form!) and a muscle relaxer for the pain. The meds are helping quite a bit, and I'm hopeful that most of … [Read more...]


How mindfulness can ease your chronic pain

A guest post by Jared Levenson, No Effort Big Change You’ve heard of mindfulness, right? The topic been on the front covers of numerous magazines, including Time. We’re going to be talking about mindfulness today. We’re going to get into “how” mindfulness can reduce your pain. But first, let’s talk about mindfulness and its link to pain. The definition of mindfulness is basically being present, feeling and not judging. You might be wondering, “How can just feeling my pain be in any way beneficial towards reducing my pain?” Let’s dive in. In addition to being featured in Time, … [Read more...]


Please excuse this interruption in service…

I'm sorry but I won't be publishing any blog posts this week, including my usual Friday news post. I've somehow managed to hurt my lower back and have been confined to my sofa/bed all week. It hurts too much to walk, stand, sit, etc. I suspect I have a pinched nerve because I have sciatic-like pain going down my left leg in addition to the back pain. I'm seeing a chiropractor in hopes that will speed my healing. But for now, I'm not getting much done, other than finally watching all those PBS TV series that I've recorded over the past year on my DVR. Hopefully, I'll be back in service … [Read more...]

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