10.20.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 20, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia patients have decreased brain connectivity in some regions, study reports From the article: "Using specialized magnetic resonance imaging technology, a study from Taiwan found that patients with fibromyalgia have decreased brain connectivity in specific regions, including the insula and the default mode network." 2. Medical News Today: Does CBD oil work for chronic pain management?  MNT covers the current research on using CBD oil for chronic pain. They did a good job covering the basics. If you want more details, check out my post "What you … [Read more...]

10.13.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 13, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. FiercePharma: With a year left before generics hit, Pfizer nabs FDA approval for new-and-improved Lyrica Pfizer has received approval from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for Lyrica CR, a new formulation that's longer acting and only needs to be taken once a day. CR is approved for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy and shingles pain, but NOT fibromyalgia (although I'm sure some physicians will be using it off-label for fibro).   2. Pain News Network: Can analgesic creams treat chronic pain? From the article: "...a new study published in the Journal of Pain Research … [Read more...]

10.06.2017

Friday 5: Oct. 6, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: 9 possible causes of fibromyalgia to discuss with your doctor My view of fibromyalgia has changed since my diagnosis. I now believe fibromyalgia is a symptom of a deeper problem with the body. This article lists some of the potential underlying causes for fibromyalgia symptoms.    2. PowerHealthTalk.com: Autoimmune diseases - reason for the dramatic increase (YouTube video, 32 minutes) Technically, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme are not widely considered to be autoimmune conditions, but they do have autoimmune components, and I suspect research will … [Read more...]

09.29.2017

Friday 5: Sept. 29, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

This post contains affiliate links.  1. BetterHealthGuy.com: New paradigms in Lyme disease treatment with Connie Strasheim (YouTube video, 1 hour, 17 minutes) Author and Lyme warrior Connie Strasheim shares highlights from her newest book, "New Paradigms in Lyme Disease Treatment: 10 Top Doctors Reveal Healing Strategies That Work." 2. Prohealth.com: 5 supplements I use to cope with insomnia Columnist Jenny Lelwica Buttaccio shares supplements she's found helpful for combatting insomnia caused by Lyme and chronic fatigue. There are some new ones on this list you might not have heard … [Read more...]

09.15.2017

Friday 5: Sept. 15, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. USA Today: Lady Gaga says she suffers from fibromyalgia; what is it?  Efforts to raise awareness of fibromyalgia received a huge boost this week when Lady Gaga confirmed she has it.  2. National Pain Report: Build the ultimate fibromyalgia pain tool kit - part 1 and part 2 Fibromyalgia specialist and fellow fibro warrior Dr. Ginevra Liptan just published a two-part series on the best tools for fibromyalgia pain.  3. Healthy Home Economist: 5 natural remedies to eliminate leg cramps for good If you get nasty leg and foot cramps, these natural remedies might help!  4. Holtorf … [Read more...]

09.08.2017

Friday 5: Sept. 8, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Chronic Mom: What no one tells you about surviving a natural disaster when you have a chronic illness Shelley from Chronic Mom shares lessons she's learned from living through Hurricane Harvey. Her post is very timely as the east coast braces for Hurricane Irma and several western states contend with multiple wildfires. It's an important message of preparation.   2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Occupational therapy program can improve fibromyalgia patients’ lives, USC study finds From the article: "An occupational therapy intervention program can improve the quality of life, confidence … [Read more...]

09.01.2017

Friday 5: Sept. 1, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: Lyrica and Neurontin face more scrutiny As the feds demonize opioids, more doctors are prescribing Lyrica and Neurontin for various forms of pain. Now those drugs may be coming under fire, too.  2. LymeDisease.org: Canine maps predict Lyme disease risk better than the CDC does These numbers confirm Lyme disease may be more prevalent in humans than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is willing to admit.  3. Prohealth: The lessons of myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia Columnist Celeste Cooper discusses how myofascial pain syndrome is often … [Read more...]

08.25.2017

Friday 5: Aug. 25, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Aptinyx conducts phase 2 trials of investigational therapy for neuropathic pain and fibromyalgia A clinical trial is underway for another potential fibromyalgia drug.  2. Pain News Network: New drug discovered for neuropathic pain University of Texas researchers have discovered a drug that works as well as gabapentin at relieving nerve pain but lasts much longer. This could end up benefitting the fibro community since gabapentin is a common treatment for fibromyalgia.  3. Outbreak News Today: The history behind the Lyme disease controversy and what’s new … [Read more...]

08.18.2017

Friday 5: August 18, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: DEA proposes further cuts in opioid supply The DEA is making this change, stating "demand for these opioid medicines has dropped." 2. National Pain Report: We want a few good men and women to COMMIT themselves The recent crackdown on opioids has had a detrimental effect on chronic pain sufferers. Our voices have been lost in the debate over the opioid "crisis." The Opioid Policy Correspondents List is seeking persons who are willing to meet with their federal legislators to advocate for the chronic pain community.  3. Solve ME/CFS Initiative: Announcing SMCI’s … [Read more...]

08.11.2017

Friday 5: August 11, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. MSN.com: Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse I think the headline on this says it all. Sigh.  2. Dr. Josh Axe: Lyme disease remedies (YouTube video, 28 minutes) Dr. Axe sometimes oversimplifies his treatment videos for certain conditions, but I thought he did a really good job on covering natural treatments for chronic Lyme disease in this video. It's worth the watch.  3. AnnLouise.com: Are parasites your missing diagnosis?  A lot of us mistakenly believe parasites are only a problem in third world countries. Not so! Some of the symptoms associated with … [Read more...]

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