Archives for May 2019

05.31.2019

May 31, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Lymedisease.org: Bill calls for $100 million to fight Lyme and other tick-borne diseases From the article: "In a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics and treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, today introduced the Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout (TICK) Act." 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Altered reflexes in spinal cord may contribute to fibromyalgia pain, study finds From the article: "Spinal cord reflexes were more sensitive to pain in fibromyalgia patients than in … [Read more...]

05.24.2019

May 24, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

This page contains affiliate links. 1. Medium: My ME is in remission! Huge news this week! Jennifer Brea, the creator of the popular chronic fatigue documentary Unrest, is in remission following several spinal surgeries. I'm just thrilled for her! Her story is an example of why I am constantly saying do not just accept your diagnosis and treat symptoms. We should always look for the underlying cause of our illness! If we can figure it out and treat that, recovery may be possible! Jennifer is proof of that! 2. U.S. News & World Report: Antiviral or antiretroviral drugs for … [Read more...]

05.23.2019

Supercharge your power to heal (and a free five-day challenge)!

The following is a review of the Supercharge Your Power to Heal Yourself course. I was given access to the course for free in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. As many of you know, I was recently MIA from writing and blogging for nine months due to a spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. During that time, I was confined to bed for around 20+ hours a day because I would get a severe headache and neck pain anytime I stood or sat up for more than a few minutes. This was the first time in my life I'd been incapacitated for so long, and the experience gave me new … [Read more...]

05.17.2019

May 17, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Record decline in opioid prescriptions From the article: "The volume of prescription opioids dispensed in the U.S. last year fell 17 percent, the largest annual decline ever recorded, according to a new study by the health analytics firm IQVIA. Opioid prescriptions have dropped 43% since their peak in 2011." 2. Wise Traditions: The problem with fluoride (YouTube audio only, 27 minutes) If you drink tap water from a town, city or community, you really need to listen to this podcast from Wise Traditions. 3. The Trail to Health: How I healed from Lyme … [Read more...]

05.14.2019

The if this, then that approach to managing fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme flares

Every week I write about tools and resources to help people live better with fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. You'd think I'd have the perfect plan to deal with the inevitable flare of symptoms. Well, not so much! I swear there's something about a flare that incapacitates the few brain cells I have left. Put simply, when I'm faced with higher-than-normal pain levels, exhaustion or other intensifying symptoms, I can't think! Because I can't think, I can't remember what to do to help myself. So, all those pain-relieving gadgets and vitamin powders and heating pads sit on a shelf as I'm … [Read more...]

05.10.2019

May 10, 2019 fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme news

1. ScienceDaily: Does insulin resistance cause fibromyalgia? From the article: "Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance." 2. Lowell Sun: Uptick of hope in battle against Lyme disease Notice how they don't use the word "vaccine" when that's really what they're working on... 3. Prohealth: A quick guide to 7 popular toxin binders Binders are frequently discussed in the Lyme community but few in the fibromyalgia … [Read more...]

05.03.2019

May 3, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: First diagnostic test for chronic fatigue syndrome identified (Note: I don't generally post many articles about ME/CFS these days, but this is important news to share since many of you are also diagnosed with ME/CFS.) From the article: "With strong preliminary evidence of a diagnostic tool for ME/CFS, Davis and his colleagues are moving forward to test it in more patients. They are also planning to use the nanoelectronic assay to screen for drugs that can help stabilize the blood samples from ME/CFS patients. 2. Sciencemag.org: Long-underfunded Lyme … [Read more...]

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