Archives for December 2017


Friday 5: Dec. 29, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

(This post contains affiliate links.) 1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Aptinyx raises $70 million to expand clinical-stage pipeline in therapies for neurologic disorders From the article: "The funds will support clinical studies of several investigational candidates, including NYX-2925, which is in development for the treatment of fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain." 2. Solve ME/CFS Initiative: 2017 ME/CFS research highlights The initiative provides a summary of some of the top ME/CFS research from the year.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Selenium reduced pain in fibromyalgia rat model, … [Read more...]


Work-at-home jobs for the chronically ill

Maintaining employment is one of the biggest challenges of living with fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme and similar conditions. It's a catch 22: Many of us are too sick to perform a traditional 40-hour-per-week job, but it's super difficult (and takes a long time) to get approved for disability benefits for a so-called "invisible illness." If you're physically able, working from home is an alternative. The challenge is finding a position that's flexible and pays a decent wage. In this post, guest writer Lucy Wyndham shares some resources for those who are interested in pursuing work-at-home … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 22, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

A quick note...I would like to wish each one of you a blessed holiday if you celebrate. It's going to be a quiet one again this year for my hubby and I since our families live out of state, and I'm not able to travel. Love you guys! 1. Pain News Network: Four infusions that can help relieve chronic pain Columnist Barby Ingle continues her ABC series on alternative pain treatments. This time, she covers infusions.  2. Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) CDE Public Review The U.S.-based National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention … [Read more...]


Best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia and how to use them

A guest post by Amanda Sobczak With no known cure and limited treatment options, living a normal life with fibromyalgia can seem like an impossible task. Fortunately, medical cannabis can help. Cannabis won’t cure fibromyalgia, but it can make it more manageable. Cannabis is a well-known pain reliever. Additionally, medical cannabis for fibromyalgia patients also helps with insomnia and nausea, further alleviating symptoms associated with the disorder. What are the best cannabis strains for fibromyalgia? The key to finding the perfect strain for your symptoms is to experiment. There … [Read more...]


Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving the holidays with chronic illness

This article was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  As soon as people finished off the last bits of their Halloween candy, my Facebook and Bloglovin' feeds were inundated with articles about how to survive the holidays with chronic illness. For a moment, I started to join the fray and write my own version, but after seeing headline after headline, it became clear to me I probably have very little to add in the way of advice on that subject. My fellow bloggers have it covered! So instead of regurgitating the … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 15, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Health Rising: Tying the brain and body together in fibromyalgia From the article: "For possibly the first time, problems with peripheral nerves in the body were correlated with central nervous system issues in fibromyalgia. Correlation is not causality, but the finding suggested that an underlying problem – still unnamed – may be producing problems in both the sympathetic and central nervous systems in fibromyalgia." 2. Claire's Comfy Corner: Strategies to help you get through a fibromyalgia flare Blogger Claire shares a long list of ideas to help weather a fibro … [Read more...]


My current treatment protocol for chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia

I very rarely give an update on my health status, but I've had several people over the past weeks ask for the details of my current treatment protocol for chronic Lyme and fibromyalgia. Since it's easier to write it out once instead of multiple times, I've decided to share it in a post for those who are interested. If you're not interested, I completely understand! I know protocols are individualized, and what I'm doing may or may not be relevant to your own health journey. A quick review: I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in early 2014. I found out last year that I have chronic Lyme … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 8, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. TV 14 News Evansville, Indiana: Local doctor gives hope to fibromyalgia sufferers From the article: "An Evansville physician is going to the American Academy of Pain Management conference in San Antonio Wednesday, to present what could be a breakthrough finding. He suspects the chronic pain of diseases like fibromyalgia could be caused by a series of viruses." 2. Sassy Holistics: The beginner’s guide to natural healing Kristen from Sassy Holistics covers the basics of natural healing. I think these are key to regaining health.  3. Better Health Guy Blogcasts: Is your house making … [Read more...]

12.04.2017’s 2017 gift guide for #fibromyalgia & #Lyme

This article was originally published on and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links I can't believe it's that time of year again! I saw my first Christmas decorations in stores in September, and before I knew it Halloween and Thanksgiving had whizzed past. Bah humbug! I'm not ready for trees, glitter and Christmas carols. I'm still dreaming about turkey and pumpkin pie! Well, like it or not, the holiday season is upon us, so without further ado, here is's annual gift guide! Gifts of less … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Dec. 1, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Simmaron Research: Norwegian Rituximab chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) trial fails From the article: "Over the past five years or so, Rituximab has been the great hope for the ME/CFS community. The anecdotal stories of dramatic recoveries were beyond enticing. A successful trial could ultimately have led to the first FDA-approved drug for ME/CFS and relief for many, a huge shift in how the disease is viewed, and surely more research funding. That unfortunately is not to be." 2. Prohealth: Four ways CBD (cannabidiol) may help Lyme patients Columnist Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio covers … [Read more...]

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