09.11.2019

Mold illness and its connection to Lyme, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue

Prohealth.com recently published an article I've written about mold illness and its link to Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. The headline on Prohealth specifies Lyme but I also mention fibromyalgia and ME/CFS in the article, and all of the information is pertinent to those conditions as well as Lyme disease. Click here or on the photo to read the article! I don't believe the general public and conventional medical community really understand how dangerous mold exposure can be. It isn't just an eyesore or nuisance that needs to be cleaned. Certain kinds of mold can … [Read more...]

08.21.2019

New fibromyalgia & Lyme research studies (August 2019)

You guys liked my first new research summary so much that I've decided to keep doing them every few months! To refresh your memory or for those who are new, the following is a listing of new fibromyalgia- and Lyme-related research studies recently added to ClinicalTrials.gov. Like before, you'll notice a heavy emphasis on lifestyle-related research for fibromyalgia including studies incorporating dance, music therapy and exercise (as always). And also like before, you'll notice there are very few research studies listed for Lyme disease. I guess Lyme is so benign that it doesn't … [Read more...]

08.13.2019

Four new fibromyalgia drugs are under development

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com and is being reprinted here with permission from the editor. I’ve never had much luck with big pharma’s solutions for fibromyalgia, but I know plenty of fibro warriors whose lives are improved by medications like Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella, gabapentin and others. We all wish for that magic pill, so it’s a big deal when pharmaceutical companies announce they’re testing out potential drugs for fibromyalgia. After all, we are way overdue for new pharmacological treatments. It’s been more than a decade since the U.S. Food & Drug … [Read more...]

06.03.2019

New fibromyalgia & Lyme disease research studies (May 2019)

I was on ClinicalTrials.gov earlier this month to research another article, and these bright blue boxes with the word "NEW" on them kept catching my attention as I was scrolling the pages. It seems we have quite a few new fibromyalgia and Lyme disease research studies in the works, so I thought it would be interesting to compile a summary of them. As usual, there are the typical exercise- and cognitive behavioral therapy-related trials for fibromyalgia, but there are few promising listings, too, including one that's looking at the effectiveness of cannabis for chronic pain and another … [Read more...]

04.11.2018

The underlying cause of fibromyalgia may be small-fiber polyneuropathy for some patients

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  We've all been told fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion, but how thorough was your doctor in ruling out other conditions that mimic fibromyalgia? I'm sure we were all tested for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, hypothyroidism, anemia and maybe Lyme disease, if we were lucky. But I bet there's one test most of our doctors skipped: a skin biopsy for small-fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN). SFPN is a neurological condition that causes chronic widespread pain and … [Read more...]

04.04.2018

iQuity releases new fibromyalgia blood test

This article about the new iQuity fibromyalgia blood test was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor.  iQuity, a Nashville-based data science company, is now offering a blood test to aid in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The IsolateFibromyalgia test relies on RNA gene expression to identify fibromyalgia. “RNA analysis is a cutting-edge tool for doctors that has great potential in the field of medical diagnostics,” said Chase Spurlock, iQuity's CEO, in a press release. “Unlike DNA, which can predict the risk of … [Read more...]

01.24.2018

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top fibromyalgia posts of 2017

I am several weeks late on publishing this post. Most of my fellow chronic illness bloggers published their "best of 2017" posts right after New Year's. Well, as they say better late than never. Below you'll find FedUpwithFatigue.com's most popular articles from last year. I'm thrilled the top two articles covered issues we really need to talk more about in the fibromyalgia community: the high rate of misdiagnosis and the link between thyroid dysfunction and fibromyalgia. My interviewee Dr. David Brady really did an excellent job of covering both topics. I was a little surprised my … [Read more...]

09.07.2017

FDA solicits public comment on several drugs, including pregabalin, tramadol, CBD and others

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  Do you use pregabalin (Lyrica), tramadol (Ultram), cannabidiol (CBD) or ketamine (Ketalar)? If so, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking your comments on the "abuse potential, actual abuse, medical usefulness, trafficking and impact of scheduling changes on availability for medical use" of these drugs and several others, according to the Federal Register. The request comes after the World Health Organization (WHO) notified the FDA that it is … [Read more...]

08.29.2017

Century-old vaccine gives new hope to fibromyalgia community

This article was originally published on Prohealth.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  If someone could give you a vaccine that would cure your fibromyalgia, would you do it? That may sound like a dream but it's closer to reality than you might think. Los Angeles-based biomedical firm EpicGenetics and Massachusetts General Hospital researchers are seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a clinical trial next year to test the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine as a potential treatment for fibromyalgia. "BCG is a … [Read more...]

08.14.2017

What the federal government isn’t telling you about the “opioid crisis”

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  The U.S. government loves to play the blame game. According to officials, the rise in the use of heroin and the increase in deaths due to drug overdoses are the direct result of the so-called "opioid crisis." A few days ago, President Donald Trump announced the problem has become so great that it's a "national emergency." The irony of this is that while the government keeps pressuring physicians to stop prescribing opioids for chronic pain, they are … [Read more...]

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