11.05.2019

35 Lyme & fibromyalgia treatments that didn’t work for me (but might work for you)

Over the years, I've reviewed quite a few Lyme- and fibromyalgia-related products here on Fed Up with Fatigue. Generally, my reviews are either positive or neutral. Because of that, I'm sure some of you have wondered if I'm the placebo queen and maybe even thought, "Does anything NOT help her?" Well, the reality is LOTS of treatments don't work for me! I just don't usually share those because of limited time and energy. I'd rather focus on what works than what doesn't. But today I'm doing something a little different. I've decided to add some balance by sharing a … [Read more...]

10.23.2019

How I lost weight with fibromyalgia & Lyme disease

I debated whether or not to write this article because there is so much stigma and shame that can come with being a chronic pain patient who is overweight. Many of us are criticized by insensitive doctors and loved ones who have remarked, "You'd feel so much better if you just lost a little weight..." Well, you and I both know that's not true for everyone. I do know some people whose fibromyalgia and Lyme symptoms improved after losing weight. I happen to be one of those people. But I want to be clear here: I do not believe diet and exercise alone can cure fibromyalgia or Lyme. I see … [Read more...]

05.23.2018

5 lessons I’ve learned from going dairy-free with fibromyalgia & chronic Lyme

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  I've always said I will never starve as long as I have two things in my house: peanut butter and cheese. These have been dietary mainstays since I was a kid because they both have protein, they're easy to grab and eat without any food prep, they're comforting and they just taste good! Unfortunately, my body has grown to hate both of them since I developed fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. I gave up my beloved Skippy peanut butter last year after I became nauseous … [Read more...]

03.14.2018

Vitacost haul for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme | March 2018

Today I'm sharing my latest Vitacost.com order - a mix of supplements, food and body care items, some of which I use to treat fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme. Click on the image below to access the YouTube video. … [Read more...]

07.31.2017

30 low-cost fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme treatments

This article on low-cost treatments for fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Chronic illness can be a huge financial drain. As someone who is living with fibromyalgia and chronic Lyme, most of the money I make from working part time is spent on my treatment. I hand over hundreds of dollars every month for the cleanest, healthiest food I can find. I spend way too much money on supplements just so I can function. And then, there are the doctor's appointments (which cost hundreds of … [Read more...]

05.24.2017

Study says there’s “little evidence” to support the use of vitamins/minerals for fibromyalgia

Many of us with fibromyalgia - myself included - have cabinets full of over-the-counter supplements that we've tried in an effort to reduce our symptoms. Now, a new systemic review of vitamin/mineral use among those with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) confirms what many of us already knew: We may be wasting a lot of money on supplements that don't work. The Netherlands-based study pooled data from 27 randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and observational studies and tried to discern whether FMS/CFS patients suffer from vitamin/mineral deficiencies, and which - … [Read more...]

03.21.2017

Using GABA to improve sleep with fibromyalgia

Disclaimers: This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor. The following information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It is for informational purposes only. This post contains affiliate links.  When you have fibromyalgia, restorative sleep is always elusive. For many years, I haven't been able to sleep through the night. I would wake every 2-3 hours, then struggle to fall back to sleep. Like most fibro sufferers, I can't remember the last time I … [Read more...]

09.29.2016

Congressional members ask DEA to delay kratom ban

This article on the DEA's plan to ban kratom, an herb used by some fibromyalgia sufferers for pain relief, originally published on National Pain Report. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  More than 50 congressional members have asked the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to delay its plan to classify kratom as a schedule I controlled substance beginning Oct. 1. In a letter delivered to acting DEA administrator Charles P. Rosenberg on Monday, the members of Congress urged the agency “to delay a final decision on the placement of kratom as a … [Read more...]

09.29.2016

Vital Plan Restore review

Disclosures: I was given the Vital Plan Restore Program as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this Vital Plan Restore review are my own, and I was in no way influenced by the company. This post may contain affiliate links. I know a lot of us with fibromyalgia have become supplement junkies. We've spent small fortunes on bottles of vitamins and herbs in search of a magic pill that's going to take away our pain and give us back our vitality. But very few of these products have made a difference in my … [Read more...]

07.15.2016

Why SAM-e is one of my favorite fibromyalgia supplements

This article on using SAM-e for fibromyalgia was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for medical advice or treatment. Always seek the counsel of your medical provider before starting or stopping any treatment. (This post contains affiliate links.) Without a doubt, SAM-e is the greatest gift that my fibromyalgia doctor has given me. Over the last nine months, it’s become one of my go-to supplements for managing … [Read more...]

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