Friday 5: August 19, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news


Business Wire: “New research by Mendus.org brings hope to fibromyalgia sufferers”

From the story: “New human research using the mitochondria-targeted antioxidant ‘MitoQ’ has shown as much as a 33% reduction in pain and significant improvement in memory among sufferers of fibromyalgia, a debilitating and painful condition with no known cause or cure affecting tens of millions worldwide.”

Sounds like a promising supplement. Anyone tried it?


Fibromyalgia News Today: “Symptoms of fibromyalgia improve with Tai Chi mind body exercises”


The Mirror: “Experience what it’s like to suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome in this free video game”

Could be a great awareness tool!


HealthRising.org: Some ME/CFS patients are recovering by using antiviral medications

This is interesting since there’s a physician in Alabama, Dr. Skip Pridgen, who has been successfully treating some fibromyalgia patients with a combination of Celebrex and famciclovir. Pridgen’s drug combo heads to a phase III clinical trial next year. It gives some support to the theory that ME/CFS and fibromyalgia may be related.


Neurology Advisor: “Resistance training may curb fatigue in fibromyalgia”

August 19, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news

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Aug. 12, 2016 fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news


  1. Leslie King says

    Hi, You wrote about the Qwell device and I can’t remember what you thought of it for fibro pain?
    Thanks, Leslie in Denver

  2. Donna, my doctor told me to take Cymbalta. My sister-in-law has had fibro for 20 years and she also said to. But she is still in lots of pain, so I don’t see the benefit of taking something that affects my brain. Do you have research on Cymbalta? As of now, I only take 2 hydrocodone a day, possibly one plan Tylenol and am working on weight loss and exercise. Thank you for your great articles.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      Hi Mary, I’ve written quite a bit about the lawsuits associated w/ Cymbalta. Here’s a link to the main page on that: https://fedupwithfatigue.com/cymbalta-lawsuits/
      Cymbalta is the most effective of the three FDA approved drugs. About 40% of patients see at least a 30% reduction in pain. It’s like everything else w/ fibro … it helps some people and not others, and unfortunately the only way to know for sure is to try it. I wasn’t able to take it due to side effects.

  3. I was speaking with a lady one day and she told me she was using Meloxicam and that it really helped. Well,
    needless to say I asked my pain doctor for some to try. I have Fibromyalgia and CMP for fifteen years now and
    One at night helps me more than prescription pills. I first took 15mg in the morning, but it made me want to eat the legs off the dinning table, but taking it at night doesn’t have the same effect! I was in awe of how well it works. I will never be without it again I sure hope this helps a lot of people because I’ve known was it is to be in
    Unbearable pain for 14 years now

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I’ve never heard of meloxicam, but will look it up and educate myself. Thank you!

    • Barb W says

      My NP also has me on 15mg of Meloxicam in the morning. Interesting that you connected increased appetite….. hadn’t occurred to me. I think I’ll try taking it at night too.

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