May 29, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Health Rising: Are intranasal drugs the future for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia? Administering drugs intranasally could be one way to bypass the blood/brain barrier and calm the inflammation found in the brains of those with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. 2. Dr. Daniel Cameron: What is it about the Nanotrap® test we know for Lyme disease that led to support by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation From a promo of the article: "Developing a test which can accurately diagnose both early and late-stage Lyme disease has been an ongoing challenge for scientists. Multiple … [Read more...]


May 22, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. HealthRising.org: The hunt for better drugs for fibromyalgia From the article: "The authors really lay it on when they state that despite all the progress made in understanding the neuroscience of pain, 'we are yet at the beginning' with [fibromyalgia]. 'Much greater insights will be necessary before a truly rational and effective pharmacological solution for fibromyalgia (and similar conditions) will be at hand.'” 2. ScienceDirect: Infected Ixodes ricinus ticks are attracted by electromagnetic radiation of 900 MHz A study out of Poland shows that certain ticks are drawn to … [Read more...]


May 15, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Yahoo Life: What you need to know about medical PTSD if you're chronically ill From the article: "It often takes years to get a chronic disease diagnosis – sometimes an entire lifetime. Women especially have their symptoms dismissed as anxiety and depression and pain labeled psychosomatic or conversion disorder. They are told to lose weight or exercise, shifting the blame back to the patient. Doctors are taught 'If you hear hoof beats think horses, not zebras.' And if it isn’t something on the more common side, it basically doesn’t exist; nothing is wrong with you." 2. Daniel … [Read more...]


May 8, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

(This post contains affiliate links.) 1. Health Rising: Could hydrogen rich water help with ME/CFS and/or fibromyalgia? The Friedberg pilot study begins From the article: "Hydrogen, it turns out, is a potent antioxidant – meaning it appears to be quite good at sopping up some of those free radicals that chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) studies suggest our bodies are full of." 2. Martha's Vineyard Magazine: "The Lyme files | Some Cold War scientists perfected the art of injecting ticks with new diseases. Others released ticks into new areas to study their spread. But is that the … [Read more...]


May 1, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. EMPR.com: Cymbalta approved for pediatric patients with fibromyalgia Attention parents who have children with fibromyalgia: I am posting this article with reservations. I know Cymbalta has helped a lot of people over the years, so I don't want to come across like I am demonizing any drug. However, I would urge parents to thoroughly research Cymbalta before giving it to a child. Here's why: About 50% of all people who try to stop taking Cymbalta experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be very severe in some people (i.e. suicide, brain zaps, etc.). Unfortunately, most … [Read more...]


April 24, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Pain News Network: CDC seeking comment from pain ‘stakeholders’ From the article: "In a notice published last week in the Federal Register, the CDC said it wants to 'obtain comment concerning perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including but not limited to the benefits and harms of opioid use.' Comments are being sought from patients with chronic or acute short-term pain, their family members, caretakers and healthcare providers – what the agency bureaucratically calls 'stakeholders.'” 2. NewScientist.com: Could the coronavirus trigger post-viral … [Read more...]


April 17, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. President Trump discusses Lyme disease (YouTube video) Earlier this week, chronic Lyme became a brief topic of discussion during a meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors of the coronavirus. While the president made several inaccurate statements during his exchange with Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett, it's still nice to hear him acknowledge that Lyme is a very serious condition. The portion of the video dealing with Lyme begins at 21:45. 2. Pain News Network: I’m lonely. Are you lonely, too? Psychotherapist Ann Marie Gaudon provides tips for combating the … [Read more...]


April 10, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. National Fibromyalgia Association: How to reduce fibromyalgia flares during the coronavirus crisis The NFA has created a COVID-19 resources page with helpful articles and infographics for those with fibromyalgia. 2. Gates Brain Health: Peripheral neuropathy part 1 and part 2 (YouTube videos) Neuropathy (burning/numbness/tingling/pain usually in the feet and hands) is a common, difficult-to-treat symptom associated with both fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. In this video series, Dr. Josh Gates discusses the various causes of peripheral neuropathy and treatments. (As I'm … [Read more...]


April 3, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. Globe Newswire: Aptinyx reports fourth quarter and full year 2019 financial results and provides corporate update Aptinyx has suspended enrollment of new fibromyalgia patients into its clinical trial of drug candidate NYX-2925 due to COVID-19. 2. Amy's Chapter: Why many chronically ill & disabled people feel let down by society right now From the article: "I can spend months upon months without leaving my home. That is being house bound. So now, to hear healthy people moan constantly about how bored they are being ‘isolated’ and stuck in the house when they are still … [Read more...]


March 27, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. RawlsMD.com: 6 cost-effective ways to boost your immune system The headline says it all. 2. HealthCentral: 5 things people with chronic illness need to know about the new coronavirus This is a good overview of the coronavirus and its potential impact on those with chronic illnesses. 3. TheMighty.com: How #HighRiskCOVID19 is connecting a community during the pandemic There's a new hashtag aimed at raising awareness for those of us who are immunocompromised. 4. LymeDisease.org: Can plaquenil treat COVID-19? Researchers aim to find out Plaquenil is often … [Read more...]

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