Archives for November 2017

11.24.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 24, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fox 25 Boston: MGH researchers make major discovery about fibromyalgia and IBS From the article: "Researchers at Mass. General Hospital have made a groundbreaking discovery that could ease symptoms for millions of people suffering from conditions such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome. Dr. Anne Louise Oaklander says a good proportion of patients diagnosed with those health issues may actually have a disease called small fiber polyneuropathy, SFPN." 2. HealthRising.org: Could a diet reduce the pain in fibromyalgia? A FODMAPS study suggests yes From the … [Read more...]

11.23.2017

What every fibro warrior needs to know about Lyme disease

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Before diagnosing you with fibromyalgia, your doctor may have tested you for Lyme disease, a bacterial infection frequently transmitted by ticks. If you received a negative test result, he or she likely crossed Lyme off their mental list of potential causes for your symptoms and moved on to ruling out other conditions. But what many doctors don’t realize is the standard testing for Lyme disease is only 50-60 percent accurate. That means you could still have Lyme even … [Read more...]

11.17.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Simple 1-minute clinical tests may ease fibromyalgia diagnosis, study suggests I don't even know what to say about this. Are they serious? SMH 2. Pain News Network: DEA cutting prescription opioid supply in 2018 More bad news for opioid users. From the article: "The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is going ahead with plans to reduce the supply of many opioid painkillers by 20 percent next year. That’s in addition to steep cuts in opioid production quotas the agency imposed in 2017."  These 16 senators played a role in the DEA's decision.  3. Daily … [Read more...]

11.14.2017

Why conventional medical doctors fail fibromyalgia patients (and what to do instead)

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article contains an Amazon affiliate link.  Within six months of my fibromyalgia diagnosis, it was evident to me that recovery was not going to come from a conventional medical doctor (MD) doling out prescription medications. I have way too many health problems for them to be solved during a routine 15-minute doctor's visit. I haven't seen my fibromyalgia specialist since 2014, and I doubt I ever will. I've given up on the conventional medical model because … [Read more...]

11.10.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 10, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. Power Health Talk: Chronic fatigue - cutting through the B.S. (YouTube, 52, minutes) Dr. Martin Rutherford and Dr. Randall Gates continue their "cutting through the B.S." series with a video on chronic fatigue. These doctors are way ahead of most when it comes to treating fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and similar conditions. I'm sure that's partially because Dr. Rutherford has fibromyalgia. Earlier this year, they released a "cutting through the B.S." video on fibromyalgia. If you haven't watched it, I recommend it highly. It's one of the best fibromyalgia-related videos I've ever seen. … [Read more...]

11.06.2017

How to keep your medical life organized

I recently published an article on RawlsMD.com about my system for keeping medical records organized. Check it out here! … [Read more...]

11.03.2017

Friday 5: Nov. 3, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Law360.com: Microsoft ruling dooms Cymbalta labeling suit A New York court has refused to grant class-action status in legal actions brought by plaintiffs who claim drugmaker Eli Lilly misrepresented the frequency/severity of Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms. (Law360.com is a subscription site. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to find this information on any other news source. The site does offer a free trial, which allows access to full articles.)  If you've been affected by Cymbalta's withdrawal symptoms, you might be interested in my Cymbalta resources page, which includes links to … [Read more...]

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