Archives for June 2019


June 28, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Draft of new IDSA Lyme guidelines available for public comment The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is accepting public comment on its proposed Lyme disease treatment guidelines until Aug. 10. This is the first treatment update in about 10 years. Dr. Jay Davidson posted a quick overview of the guidelines on YouTube. I didn't think it was possible, but these proposed guidelines are even worse than the current ones. For example, IDSA is recommending A SINGLE DOSE of doxycycline for certain tick bites. If this is approved, it will lead to the suffering of … [Read more...]


June 21, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. EurekAlert: Gut bacteria associated with chronic pain for first time From the article: "Approximately 20 different species of bacteria were found in either greater or lesser quantities in the microbiomes of participants suffering from [fibromyalgia] than in the healthy control group. ...We also saw that the severity of a [fibromyalgia] patient's symptoms was directly correlated with an increased presence or a more pronounced absence of certain bacteria - something which has never been reported before." 2. Working group’s abrupt shift excludes Lyme patients … [Read more...]


June 14, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Analgesic Tapentadol can reduce pain in some fibromyalgia patients, study suggests An analgesic similar to Tramadol has been found helpful in alleviated fibromyalgia pain but only in a certain subset of patients. 2. Antibiotics (journal): Disulfiram (tetraethylthiuram disulfide) in the treatment of Lyme disease and babesiosis: Report of experience in three cases From the study: "Three patients, each of whom had required intensive open-ended antimicrobial therapy for control of the symptoms of chronic relapsing neurological Lyme disease and relapsing … [Read more...]


June 7, 2019 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Lyme disease a bioweapon gone awry? Rep. Chris Smith pushes Trump to investigate From the article: “If [Kris Newby's book, 'Bitten'] is true - and the documentation is very persuasive - we were doing bio-weapons work that was grossly immoral,” Smith said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press prior to Wednesday’s town meeting. “It’s a shocking read, and I hope it adds to our push. Looking at what happened might help us come up with how we deal with it now.” (The following paragraph contains an affiliate link.) (I urge every Lyme sufferer to read Newby's book. As … [Read more...]


New fibromyalgia & Lyme disease research studies (May 2019)

I was on earlier this month to research another article, and these bright blue boxes with the word "NEW" on them kept catching my attention as I was scrolling the pages. It seems we have quite a few new fibromyalgia and Lyme disease research studies in the works, so I thought it would be interesting to compile a summary of them. As usual, there are the typical exercise- and cognitive behavioral therapy-related trials for fibromyalgia, but there are few promising listings, too, including one that's looking at the effectiveness of cannabis for chronic pain and another … [Read more...]

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