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...]


New fibromyalgia research studies (March 2020)

It's that time again! Below you'll find the latest fibromyalgia-related research studies added to ClinicalTrials.gov since my last update in December. This time around, we have studies involving low-dose naltrexone and cannabis - both emerging treatments for fibromyalgia. One of my favorite researchers, Dr. Jarred Younger from University of Alabama Birmingham, has introduced a new study in continuation of his work to determine if immune system overreactivity might be the cause of fibromyalgia. You'll also find the usual studies regarding diet, exercise and complementary therapies … [Read more...]


March 20, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Stanford Medicine: Potential treatment for Lyme disease kills bacteria that may cause lingering symptoms, study finds From the article: “This compound is just amazing. It clears the infection without a lot of side effects. We are hoping to repurpose it as an oral treatment for Lyme disease.” 2. Prohealth: What is positional cervical compression really all about? From the article: "Dr. Heffez believes PC3 [positional cervical compression] has been overlooked as a possible cause of fibromyalgia due to the fact that diagnostic MRIs are almost always taken with the cervical … [Read more...]


March 13, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Tech Explorist: This hormone causes women to experience more pain than men From the article: “Dopamine D-2 receptor agonist drugs that limit prolactin release, such as cabergoline, commonly are used for other diseases, and are not addictive. These drugs, possibly in conjunction with other classes of medications, may help treat those pain conditions in women more effectively without the addictive properties of opioids.” 2. Forbes.com: Lessons from Lyme disease | Six reasons the CDC’s COVID-19 failure was predictable I see quite a bit of overlap in how the CDC has approached … [Read more...]


March 6, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. RawlsMD: Who’s really at risk of the coronavirus + how to protect yourself (YouTube video, 15 minutes) In this video, Dr. Bill Rawls gives practical, straightforward advice on minimizing exposure to the coronavirus and the best ways to boost your immune system. 2. TreatLyme.net: Coronavirus and Lyme Many of us with chronic Lyme - myself included - have compromised immune systems. Dr. Marty Ross provides a few suggestions on how those with Lyme can prepare for possible exposure to the coronavirus. For those who prefer video, Dr. Ross discussed coronavirus and Lyme during … [Read more...]


2019’s top fibromyalgia news and research

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. I spent most of 2019 spinning my wheels, and it feels like the fibromyalgia community, as a whole, was right there alongside me. What do I mean by that? Put simply, there weren't many major fibromyalgia headlines during 2019. Sure, there was lots of talk about new treatments and the potential causes of fibromyalgia, but at the close of last year, very little was actually accomplished. But I don't want to focus on the negative so I'll reframe 2019 like this: It was a … [Read more...]


Feb. 28, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

1. Medical News Today: Two herbal compounds may beat antibiotics when treating Lyme disease This latest Johns Hopkins study sounds promising! I know Japanese knotweed, one of the plants mentioned, has been used by Lymies (myself included) for years now. 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Addiction medicine naltrexone may relieve tenderness, fatigue in fibromyalgia, pilot study shows If you have a problem accessing the full article due to Fibromyalgia News Today's paywall, here's a link to the abstract of the actual study. From the article: "In both trials to date, naltrexone was … [Read more...]


Feb. 21, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. The Dark Season, Justin Bieber's "Seasons" docu-series, season 1 episode 5 (YouTube video, 14 minutes) As many of you know, pop star Justin Bieber recently announced he has Lyme disease. In this episode of his newly released docu-series, Bieber discusses his diagnosis and related health issues. 2. Pain News Network: Study finds kratom effective for pain relief From the article: "The herbal supplement kratom is an effective treatment for pain, helps users reduce their use of opioids and has a low risk of adverse effects, according to a new study by researchers at Johns … [Read more...]


Feb. 7, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

1. LymeHope: CDC says it's possible to pass Lyme from mother-to-fetus This is big news in the Lyme world! The CDC has finally updated its website to indicate Lyme can be passed from a mother to her unborn child. 2. Fibromyalgia News Today: Pain perception in fibromyalgia linked to reduced brain activity in primary motor cortex, study finds (If you're unable to access the full article due to Fibromyalgia News Today's pay wall, you can read the entire study here.) From the article: "[Fibromyalgia] patients overall had reduced activity in the motor cortex compared to controls, … [Read more...]


Jan. 31, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news + giveaway

1. Fibromyalgia News Today: Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients have higher levels of inflammatory marker hsCRP, study concludes It's interesting how more research studies are now discovering different forms of inflammation linked to fibromyalgia - especially since many of us have been told by our doctors for YEARS that fibromyalgia is non-inflammatory. Note: Fibromyalgia News Today is a subscription-based website, but it allows visitors to access 3 free articles each month. If you've exceeded that limit and are unable to read the article linked above, here's a direct … [Read more...]

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