Archives for April 2018

04.27.2018

Friday 5: April 27, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Daily Mail: Top medical journals accused of skewing research by raking in millions of dollars in 'bribes' from drugs firms This is downright shocking! It's interesting that this didn't make big headlines in the U.S. - probably because the pharmaceutical industry spends so much on advertising with the major media companies. 2. I Told You I was Sick: The sure-fire way to get ANY doctor to listen and take you seriously! Blogger Jaime Heidel shares a simple strategy for getting your doctor to take action. 3. Fibromyalgia News Today: Biomarkers in saliva of fibromyalgia patients may … [Read more...]

04.26.2018

Omron Avail TENS review | Wireless & easy to use!

Disclaimer: This Omron Avail wireless TENS review is sponsored by Omron Healthcare. Although this review is sponsored, all opinions are my own and were in no way influenced by the company. This post contains affiliate links.  Many of my fellow chronic pain sufferers use TENS units to relieve localized pain. I've never been a big fan of TENS because most of them come with a jumble of wires and electrodes that constantly become tangled like Christmas lights. I also don't like the feeling of being tied (i.e. wired) to a device. Omron's new Avail TENS unit solves both of those issues because … [Read more...]

04.24.2018

Want to join me for group coaching?

Quick note: I want to apologize for being MIA the past week. I'm in the midst of another flare-up of the herniated disc in my back and have been mostly sofa-bound for several days now. I had a new MRI late last week, which showed the herniation has grown in size since my last MRI in July. I met with a surgeon today and will be having a laminectomy plus microdiscectomy next month. Now onto the reason for this post... This post contains an affiliate link.  Last week, my chronic illness friend Julie Holliday presented two free workshops on "Taking Back Control from Chronic Illness." … [Read more...]

04.16.2018

Taking back control from chronic illness

Julie Holliday, my friend from the Chronic Illness Bloggers network, is offering two free online workshops this Wednesday and Sunday where she’ll share her 8 steps for taking back control from chronic illness for a more relaxed, balanced and fulfilling life. I signed up over the weekend for these workshops and thought you guys might be interested, too! Julie's 8 steps are designed to: Decrease anxiety and increase calmness Help you to feel more in control and less overwhelmed Practice more self-compassion and acceptance of your health challenges Foster a more positive … [Read more...]

04.13.2018

Friday 5: April 13, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. New York Times: Many people taking antidepressants discover they cannot quit NYT did a great piece on the challenges of dealing with withdrawal symptoms when quitting Cymbalta and other antidepressants. 2. ME Association: Chronic fatigue syndrome possibly explained by lower levels of key thyroid hormones From the article: "Published in Frontiers in Endocrinology, the study indicates that CFS, a condition with unknown causes, can be explained by lower thyroid hormones - but may be distinct from thyroidal disease. This finding can be seen as a first step to finding treatment for a … [Read more...]

04.11.2018

The underlying cause of fibromyalgia may be small-fiber polyneuropathy for some patients

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  We've all been told fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion, but how thorough was your doctor in ruling out other conditions that mimic fibromyalgia? I'm sure we were all tested for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hypothyroidism, anemia and maybe Lyme disease, if we were lucky. But I bet there's one test most of our doctors skipped: a skin biopsy for small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). SFPN is a neurological condition that causes chronic widespread pain and … [Read more...]

04.06.2018

Friday 5: April 6, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Griffith University: Drug hoped to treat CFS causes impaired immune function, Griffith study says From the article: "....the study by Griffith’s National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) concluded that the use of rituximab in CFS patients could incur problems with their immune cells and is not beneficial as a potential treatment." 2. MedicalXpress.com: Researchers uncover [Lyme disease] protein used to outsmart the human immune system From the article: "A University of Maryland (UMD) researcher has uncovered a mechanism by which the bacteria that causes Lyme … [Read more...]

04.04.2018

iQuity releases new fibromyalgia blood test

This article about the new iQuity fibromyalgia blood test was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  iQuity, a Nashville-based data science company, is now offering a blood test to aid in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The IsolateFibromyalgia test relies on RNA gene expression to identify fibromyalgia. “RNA analysis is a cutting-edge tool for doctors that has great potential in the field of medical diagnostics,” said Chase Spurlock, iQuity's CEO, in a press release. “Unlike DNA, which can predict the risk of … [Read more...]

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