Archives for January 2018


How to choose hemp CBD oil

This article on how to choose hemp CBD oil was originally published on It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  If you've researched natural pain treatments, you've likely seen articles and advertisements for hemp CBD oil, an extract of the cannabis plant that reportedly eases pain without causing euphoria like marijuana. As a chronic pain patient myself, I understand how tempting it is to hand over your credit card number in hopes of finding relief. But before you do that, know that all hemp CBD oils are not created equal! A recent study … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Jan. 26, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. University of Alabama at Birmingham: Do sex hormones influence fibromyalgia? (YouTube video, 11 minutes) A recent study shows correlations between hormone levels in female fibromyalgia patients and the intensity of their pain.  2. Gluten Free Society: The real causes of fibromyalgia with Dr. David Brady (Podcast, 52 minutes) Dr. Brady covers a lot of ground in this interview, including how to get accurately diagnosed, conditions that mimic fibromyalgia, the best supplements for fibromyalgia, the gut's role in fibromyalgia and more!  3. National Pain Report: New York Times looking … [Read more...]

01.24.2018’s top fibromyalgia posts of 2017

I am several weeks late on publishing this post. Most of my fellow chronic illness bloggers published their "best of 2017" posts right after New Year's. Well, as they say better late than never. Below you'll find's most popular articles from last year. I'm thrilled the top two articles covered issues we really need to talk more about in the fibromyalgia community: the high rate of misdiagnosis and the link between thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia. My interviewee Dr. David Brady really did an excellent job of covering both topics. I was a little surprised my … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Jan. 19, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Fibromyalgia linked to overactive brain networks From the article: "For the first time, this research shows that the hypersensitivity experienced by chronic pain patients may result from hypersensitive brain networks," says co-senior author Richard Harris, PhD, an associate professor of anesthesiology at Michigan Medicine’s Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center." 2. Alliance for Natural Health: FDA says all homeopathic drugs are illegal If you use homeopathic remedies, you might want to stock up because the FDA may be preparing to remove certain ones from the … [Read more...]


How I’m using coffee enemas to reduce fatigue, brain fog and pain

This article was originally published on and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article contains affiliate links. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only.  When one of my fibro friends tried coffee enemas, I thought she was crazy. I don't even drink coffee, and I had no intention of sticking it up my butt! But after living with unresolved pain and fatigue for years, I've gotten to the point where I'll try most anything … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Jan. 12, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

1. Holtorf Medical Group: Is your physician treating 17 years behind the research? This confirms what I've suspected for a long time: We often know more about our condition than our doctors do.  2. Simmaron Research: Could chronic fatigue syndrome be a chronic form of sepsis?  This is an interesting idea especially since there's a similar theory floating around in the chronic Lyme world these days, and chronic Lyme is sometimes mislabeled as ME/CFS.  3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Sex hormone fluctuations regulate pain severity in women with fibromyalgia, study finds From the … [Read more...]


2017’s top fibromyalgia news and research

This article was originally published on and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Last week, I spent a few hours sifting through online media archives to compile my annual list of the top fibromyalgia news. As in previous years, 2017 brought a mix of good news and bad news. The high point of the year was when our community shared the spotlight with Lady Gaga after she officially acknowledged her fibromyalgia diagnosis. 2017 also brought the hope of two new treatments while another potential fibro drug failed its clinical trial. And … [Read more...]


Friday 5: Jan. 5, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. 2017 - The year Americans couldn't say Gal Gadot (and a lot of other words) Fibromyalgia made 2017's top 10 list of most mispronounced words.  2. Pain News Network: Most cannabidiol [CBD] oils sold online are mislabeled Buyer beware for those who use hemp CBD oil. From the article: "...a new study published in JAMA has found that nearly 70 percent of all cannabidiol (CBD) products sold online are either over or under-labeled." 3. Buzzfeed News: A controversial therapy for ME has led to claims of death threats, harassment and pseudoscience From the article: "[Lightning … [Read more...]


Taking Back My Health | A New Year’s resolution for 2018

A quick note from Donna: I hadn't planned to cover a New Year's topic this year, but my fibro friend Andrea from Autoimmune Strong reached out to me and asked if I'd be interested in publishing this guest post. As I read it, it reminded me of how I have dropped the ball so many times by making decisions that aren't the best for my health. I'm guessing most of us can relate to that. Her post was also a reminder that I had planned to begin the Autoimmune Strong program months ago when I first wrote about it. I think it's time that I finally commit to getting started. What about … [Read more...]

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