I am several weeks late on publishing this post. Most of my fellow chronic illness bloggers published their “best of 2017” posts right after New Year’s. Well, as they say better late than never.
Below you’ll find FedUpwithFatigue.com’s most popular articles from last year. I’m thrilled the top two articles covered issues we really need to talk more about in the fibromyalgia community: the high rate of misdiagnosis and the link between thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia. My interviewee Dr. David Brady really did an excellent job of covering both topics.
I was a little surprised my interview with Andrea Wool, creator of the Autoimmune Strong fitness program, made the top three for 2017. I definitely think the topic of exercising with fibromyalgia is important, but I’d been avoiding it for a long time because I know it’s a sore subject (literally) for many of my readers. When Andrea told me she’d developed an exercise program for those with fibromyalgia, I knew the right opportunity had finally arrived for me to broach the topic. I’m sure we’ve all heard our doctors encouraging us to exercise. Andrea’s program provides a gentle way to finally get started doing that.
I wasn’t surprised at all by the remaining top 10, which focused mostly on fibromyalgia-related research and treatments. That is, after all, what I try to cover the most on FedUpwithFatigue.com.
I’m proud of the breadth of work I published in 2017. Hopefully 2018 will be just as successful. I am forever grateful to my readers. Your comments and emails inspire me every single day. I couldn’t do what I do without you!
And now, FedUpwithFatigue.com’s most popular articles from 2017…
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Thyroid disorders can mimic the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, most doctors only test thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), a poor indicator of overall thyroid health. This article details how thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia are related and how to properly have your thyroid levels evaluated.
I’m so happy this was one of the most viewed articles on my site last year. Getting the right diagnosis is so important! There’s research that suggests up to two-thirds of those with fibromyalgia may be misdiagnosed. Dr. Brady’s book, “The Fibro Fix,” covers the issue of misdiagnosis at length and includes information on how to tell if you really have fibromyalgia.
If you have fibromyalgia, chances are your doctor has recommended exercise as part of your treatment plan. The problem is traditional exercise programs can be too intense, causing increased pain and exhaustion. Fibro warrior Andrea Wool knows this struggle all too well. Frustrated with the push-and-crash cycle, she developed a gentle fitness program called Autoimmune Strong just for those with fibromyalgia and similar conditions.
I wish there was an article like this when I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014. It would have saved me loads of time and money and aggravation. I wrote this for those who were recently diagnosed, but I’ve been thinking about changing the headline because it’s a good read for anyone with fibromyalgia.
Fatigue is one of the most debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia, and it’s also one of the toughest to treat. In this article, I explored the research on how to reduce fibro-related fatigue. There were several therapies on this list I’d never heard of!
In this article, I cover some of the more popular gadgets that are marketed for fibromyalgia.
Last summer, biomedical firm EpicGenetics announced it will partner with Mass General Hospital in Boston to determine if a long-used tuberculosis vaccine could be a potential treatment for fibromyalgia. The trial should start sometime this year.
In 2013, an article entitled “Fibromyalgia Mystery Solved” claimed fibromyalgia is caused by excess blood vessels in the hands. Last spring, that same article made the rounds again on Facebook – only this time it was shared by various clickbait sites in an attempt to generate advertising revenue. Since the original article was four years old, I reached out to the researchers to get an update on their study.
Almost every day, I receive a comment or email from a patient who has been harmed by Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms. Even though the horror stories never stop, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration refuses to address the issues with Cymbalta – issues that have harmed thousands of patients for more than a decade. As I said in this open letter, Eli Lilly should be ashamed and so should our federal government for allowing this to continue!
Dr. Jarred Younger from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is doing some of the most promising fibromyalgia research right now. This latest study is trying to determine if fibromyalgia patients have an overactive immune system. If fibro is found to be an immune disorder, it would open up an entirely new approach to treatment. The immune study is still ongoing because Dr. Younger has had difficulties recruiting patients. If you live within driving distance of UAB, please consider filling out the online screening survey to see if you qualify to participate.
Now it’s your turn: What was your favorite post from FedUpwithFatigue.com during 2017? Share in the comments!