Archives for March 2018

03.30.2018

Friday 5: March 30, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Prohealth: 101 ways to tackle energy-limiting chronic illness From the article: "There are many, many ways we can help ourselves when we have illnesses like ME/CFS Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease. Many of them are small simple steps that may not have a huge impact in themselves, but put together they can make a big difference to well-being." 2. Medscape: Much can be done to ease 'chronic fatigue syndrome' symptoms During a two-day meeting in Salt Lake City, specialists met to discuss best practices for treating ME/CFS. This article details some of their recommendations. 3. Pain … [Read more...]

03.26.2018

An estimated half of all fibromyalgia patients have sleep apnea | Are you one of them?

This post is sponsored by Aeroflow Healthcare through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network.  There are many theories on what causes fibromyalgia, one of which is that it's actually a sleep disorder. The rheumatologist who diagnosed me with fibromyalgia fell into this category. He was certain that if he could just fix my disrupted sleep, then my symptoms would improve. After a year of trying various medications, I gave up on his theory. No matter what medication he prescribed to zonk me out, I still woke up exhausted and in pain. Numerous research studies have documented sleep … [Read more...]

03.23.2018

March 23, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. PNAS.org: Cytokine signature associated with disease severity in chronic fatigue syndrome patients From the article: "Although only two cytokines were found to be different (TGF-β higher and resistin lower) in ME/CFS patients compared with controls, 17 cytokines correlated with ME/CFS severity. Thirteen of these cytokines are pro-inflammatory and may contribute to many of the symptoms these patients experience for several years." 2. Global Lyme Alliance: Are mold and mycotoxins compromising your recovery?  This article was written for those with chronic Lyme disease but is relevant … [Read more...]

03.21.2018

It’s time to take a new approach to fibromyalgia

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This article is an introduction to my new Healing Fibromyalgia series. Don't worry! I will still be covering the usual fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme-related treatments, research and news, but this will be additional content I'm adding to FedUpwithFatigue.com.  Do you view fibromyalgia as an incurable disease or a symptom of a deeper problem within the body? The answer to that question makes a difference in how we manage life with fibromyalgia and if … [Read more...]

03.16.2018

March 16, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Medscape: Mast cell activation may underlie 'chronic fatigue syndrome' From the article: "New York City ME/CFS specialist Susan M. Levine, MD, also said she sees MCAS frequently. 'I suspect 50% to 60% of ME/CFS patients have it. It's a very new concept.'" (Mast cell activation also has been implicated in Lyme disease and fibromyalgia.) 2. Newsweek: No strong evidence marijuana relieves chronic nerve pain, study finds In last week's news post, I featured an Israeli study that found cannabis was effective for fibromyalgia. This week, there's a study with an opposite finding. (In some … [Read more...]

03.14.2018

Vitacost haul for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme | March 2018

Today I'm sharing my latest Vitacost.com order - a mix of supplements, food and body care items, some of which I use to treat fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. Click on the image below to access the YouTube video. … [Read more...]

03.09.2018

Friday 5: March 9, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Norml.org: Cannabis effective at treating symptoms of fibromyalgia From the article: "Cannabis therapy mitigates symptoms of the chronic pain condition fibromyalgia and is associated with a reduction in the use of other prescription drugs, according to clinical data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology." 2. Practical Pain Management: Is there evidence to prescribe cyclobenzaprine for long-term pain management? A summary of the research on the effectiveness of cyclobenzaprine (brand name: Flexeril) for pain relief.  3. SolveCFS.org: Ramsay … [Read more...]

03.02.2018

Friday 5: March 2, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Sessions creates new task force to target Rx opioids From the article: "U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a new task force targeting manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain medication, as well as physicians and pharmacies engaged in the 'unlawful' prescribing of opioids." 2. Health Rising: Is fibromyalgia caused by high pressure in the brain (intracranial hypertension)? From the article: "A group from Belgium – a country not particularly known for its biological interpretations of diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome – … [Read more...]

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