Friday 5: April 14, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

April 14, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news | Fed Up with Fatigue


DrLiptan.com: A new treatment target for fibromyalgia – inflammation in the brain

Fibromyalgia specialist and fellow fibro warror Dr. Ginevra Liptan​ writes about a recent Swedish study, which showed brain inflammation in fibromyalgia patients and possible strategies for reducing it. One of the treatments she mentions is low-dose naltrexone, which you can learn more about here. 


Pain News Network: Few drugs effective at treating neuropathy [nerve] pain

Research is confirming what a lot of us with fibro already know: Cymbalta, Lyrica, gabapentin and other drugs aren’t very effective at treating nerve pain. (This article mainly focuses on diabetic nerve pain, but is still relevant to the fibro community since these drugs are usually our first-line treatments.)


Prohealth.com: Tired of your every night 2 a.m. wake-up call? 

Do you wake up around the same time every night? Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum discusses what might be causing this to happen. 


Medscape: Ketamine for chronic pain on the rise

Some pain management specialists are becoming more concerned over the increased use of the anesthetic ketamine for chronic pain. 


U.S. News & World Report: Are there two forms of chronic fatigue syndrome? 

From the article: “Scientists say they’ve found biological evidence of a second type of chronic fatigue syndrome they’ve dubbed ‘atypical.’ They said their findings may help lead to improved diagnosis and treatment for patients.”

Quick note: I know a lot of you are diagnosed with both fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, so I’ve decided to continue to include prominent ME/CFS research findings in the weekly news updates. However, I won’t be writing any more blog posts dedicated exclusively to ME/CFS (but truthfully, I wasn’t doing many of those anyway since Fed Up with Fatigue has always been dedicated mostly to fibromyalgia).

This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…



  1. Linda Pragnell says

    Hi I’m Linda from UK and I’ve just had a short bout of excessive sickness and was hospitalised for three days due to severe dehydration . During that time all the medication I was currently taking ceased due to being sick and then since I have been home I have not restarted the medication . I have continued however to not get any better and I decided to look up to check any withdrawal symptoms for Cymbalta. Interestingly I have now discovered that possibly the reason I am not feeling any better and I’m struggling with headaches, nausea, dizziness and a general feeling of malaise it could be that I am going through withdrawal. I had initially thought that I was just continuing with the virus that I had but I now believe it is because I have suddenly ceased taking Cymbalta. Does this sound possible ?

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Yes, those are the typical symptoms of Cymbalta withdrawal. It’s not good to stop Cymbalta cold turkey. If you’re going through withdrawals, your symptoms will disappear if you resume taking it. If you want to quit Cymbalta, it’s really important to work w/ your doctor and wean off very slowly over several weeks/months.

  2. Hi Donna, I have posted your link on my “Monday Magic – Inspiring Blogs for you” post, Claire x

  3. I thin AC/DC strain works

  4. Katie Smith says

    Regarding neuropathy pain, I have been having success with kratom. I have used gabapentin & tramadol.
    Gabapentin gave me too many side effects & tramadol would help a little. I get terrible stabbing shooting pains in my entire body with a burning skin sensation especially at night (this really effects my sleep!)
    I take the kratom around 9:00 to 10:00 pm and it just relaxes my entire nervous system. I do not get a “high” feeling at all, just relaxation. It tamps down the pain for sure. I am hoping that the government does not try to regulate this wonderful plant!

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Would you mind sharing your supplier and the strain you’re using? I’ve been really curious about kratom.

      • Katie Smith says

        Hi Donna,
        I have purchased kratom from “Wicked Kratom” twice now. I like their site & it’s easy to navigate.
        I started with their sample packets of the red strains…they are the relaxing ones…I then progressed to larger bags so it should last me for a long time. My favorite is “Red Relax”…it helps so much before I go to sleep. I have not tried any of the green strains as of yet…they are for energy. I’m just afraid of my system getting too jittery…I may try a sample in the future & go slow with it since I do not have much energy in the daytime to say the least!
        I have adjusted my dose each night until I got to my ideal amount which is a nice teaspoon full. You have to experiment until you find what is right for you since we are all different. I tried filling gel caps but went back to mixing the powder in some juice…I like V8 the best. Even mixed well it doesn’t taste great but I will put up with it! LOL!
        Hope this is somewhat helpful for you…there are quite a few suppliers out there. I decided to use the list that other fibro kratom users suggested. I have more trust in them.

        • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

          Thank you! You’re right … there are so many companies selling it now that it’s hard to know which ones are reputable and safe. I appreciate the recommendations!

      • I can second the kratom for alleviating the pain and making me mobile again. I just started 2 months ago and it’s amazing how many things I accomplished just around the household with less than a teaspoon every morning on the maeng da red strain.

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