Archives for October 2017

10.31.2017

Resonant Botanicals review | Invigorate and Qi of Calm lotions

Resonant Botanicals gifted me bottles of Invigorate and Qi of Calm as part of this product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the products were a gift, all opinions in this Resonant Botanicals review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.  A few months ago, Michael Yocco from The Fay Farm announced he was starting his own company, Resonant Botanicals, and invited me to try his newly formulated lotions, Invigorate and Qi of Calm. As I've written before, I've never met a topical pain reliever that I didn't … [Read more...]

10.27.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 27, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. National Pain Report: Trump on opioids - short on specifics U.S. President Donald Trump gave a speech on the so-called opioid epidemic yesterday. He called it the "worst drug crisis in American history" but gave few specifics on how to address it. More details at the link.  2. ProPublica: Dollars for docs Curious about how much money your doctor has received from big pharma? Find out here! (U.S. only) 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: How Amazon Echo Dot helps with my fibromyalgia Columnist Robin Dix shares why the Echo Dot is one of the best investments she's ever made in the … [Read more...]

10.24.2017

How to take the pain out of exercising with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions

This is a guest post by Andrea Wool, creator of Autoimmune Strong, an online fitness program for people with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and other types of chronic pain. This article contains affiliate links.  We all know exercise is good for us. I haven’t yet met anybody who would refute that point. Especially doctors. When you go for your yearly checkup, they always remind you to exercise, right? However, exercise can be too much for people struggling with autoimmune disease, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease and other chronic pain or chronic fatigue disorders. I know … [Read more...]

10.20.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 20, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia patients have decreased brain connectivity in some regions, study reports From the article: "Using specialized magnetic resonance imaging technology, a study from Taiwan found that patients with fibromyalgia have decreased brain connectivity in specific regions, including the insula and the default mode network." 2. Medical News Today: Does CBD oil work for chronic pain management?  MNT covers the current research on using CBD oil for chronic pain. They did a good job covering the basics. If you want more details, check out my post "What you … [Read more...]

10.18.2017

New book gets to the underlying cause of fibromyalgia & chronic fatigue

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  In recent years, I’ve read several news articles about neuroplasticity and how brain training might be helpful for reducing the pain of fibromyalgia. Since I’m so logically minded, I’m fascinated by the idea that we might be able to somehow reset the brain so it stops amplifying pain signals and other fibromyalgia-related symptoms. Last year, I learned about ANS REWIRE, a recovery program developed by Dan Neuffer for those with … [Read more...]

10.13.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 13, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. FiercePharma: With a year left before generics hit, Pfizer nabs FDA approval for new-and-improved Lyrica Pfizer has received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for Lyrica CR, a new formulation that's longer acting and only needs to be taken once a day. CR is approved for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and shingles pain, but NOT fibromyalgia (although I'm sure some physicians will be using it off-label for fibro).   2. Pain News Network: Can analgesic creams treat chronic pain? From the article: "...a new study published in the Journal of Pain Research … [Read more...]

10.11.2017

How potatoes can help you fight fatigue

Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. Guest post by Lucy Wyndham According to the National Institutes of Health, up to 1 in every 5 Americans suffer from fatigue that hinders their daily lives. As draining as fatigue can be for an average person, it is even more debilitating in individuals suffering from underlying medical conditions such as fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis or Lyme disease. Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can help … [Read more...]

10.09.2017

Three new (to me) treatments that are helping my fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme symptoms

Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  I'm constantly tweaking my treatment protocol for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme, hoping to find something that works better and gives relief. I've recently added a few new things that I've found beneficial and wanted to share, so here goes... Using CBD oil topically I've started adding CBD oil … [Read more...]

10.06.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 6, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: 9 possible causes of fibromyalgia to discuss with your doctor My view of fibromyalgia has changed since my diagnosis. I now believe fibromyalgia is a symptom of a deeper problem with the body. This article lists some of the potential underlying causes for fibromyalgia symptoms.    2. PowerHealthTalk.com: Autoimmune diseases - reason for the dramatic increase (YouTube video, 32 minutes) Technically, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme are not widely considered to be autoimmune conditions, but they do have autoimmune components, and I suspect research will … [Read more...]

10.03.2017

Before you hit play, Lady Gaga’s documentary is not what you think it is…

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  There was an incredible buzz within the fibromyalgia community after pop star Lady Gaga officially announced her fibro diagnosis as part of the publicity leading up to the Sept. 22 release of her Netflix documentary, "Gaga: Five Foot Two" (FF2). My Facebook feed has been flooded with news articles about Lady Gaga's diagnosis and what it means for those with fibromyalgia. Articles about the documentary indicated she would be sharing her life with chronic pain, … [Read more...]

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