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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Friday 5: August 4, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: Researchers identify biomarkers associated with chronic fatigue syndrome severity Big news for the ME/CFS community! Researchers have identified biomarkers that may possibly lead to a diagnostic test. This could also have implications for fibromyalgia since some believe the two conditions are related. This finding made international headlines, including articles on NPR.org, Science magazine and others.  2. Huffington Post: Medical mysteries solved with six strands of hair? This is an interesting feature story on how hair mineral analysis may be helpful in … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 28, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Electrical brain stimulation could help relieve fibromyalgia pain, study suggests Multiple studies now support the use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for fibromyalgia.  2. Remedy: How to negotiate a medical bill If you've got a big medical bill, it's worth it to try to negotiate a discount. I was recently able to get a reduction on a Labcorp bill.  3. Newsweek: Lyme disease vaccine on fast track for FDA approval I guess some people would consider this to be good news, but the general public probably doesn't remember that we had a … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 21, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

1. ME Association: CDC removes CBT and GET as recommended treatments for ME/CFS Maybe this is the government's way of acknowledging the many flaws of the controversial PACE trial.  2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Cleaning house, the fibro way Columnist Carrie Anton shares tips on how she manages housework with chronic illness. If you enjoy her article, you might also like my post on "20 helpful tips for cleaning and organizing when you're chronically ill." 3. News 10: Clinical trial being held for Lyme disease test The existing testing for Lyme disease misses about half of all cases, … [Read more...]


Friday 5: July 14, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

I just wanted to take a quick minute to thank the many people who emailed and commented to me last week about my back injury. I'm happy to report that I am feeling better. I'm still in pain but it's no where near as intense as it was. I saw a chiropractor a couple of times last week with only minimal improvement. I finally broke down and went to my nurse practitioner on Monday, who prescribed a few days of prednisone (yes, I know that stuff isn't good but I was desperate for relief in any form!) and a muscle relaxer for the pain. The meds are helping quite a bit, and I'm hopeful that most of … [Read more...]

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