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...]


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...]


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...]


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...]


Another potential fibromyalgia drug bites the dust

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being reprinted here with permission from the editor.  The fibromyalgia community suffered yet another disappointment earlier this month when drugmaker Daiichi Sankyo announced mirogabalin, a potential new treatment, failed to meet its pain-reducing goals in clinical trials. Last year, I reported that three potential new fibromyalgia drugs were heading to clinical trials. Two of those contenders - mirogabalin and TNX-102, a sublingual form of cyclobenzaprine, have now been shown to be ineffective for fibromyalgia. The … [Read more...]


An open letter to Eli Lilly and all patients affected by Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms

This article was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from my editor.  When I started blogging about fibromyalgia, I didn't know much about Cymbalta (generic name: duloxetine). As a fibromyalgia sufferer, I'd only taken it for two days. My doctor had warned me Cymbalta could have severe side effects, but I was desperate for relief from my fibromyalgia symptoms so I asked him to let me try it. After walking around in a dazed fog with my brain buzzing for two days, I decided Cymbalta wasn't for me and moved on to trying other … [Read more...]


No, the mystery of fibromyalgia is NOT solved! | An update on the “fibromyalgia is caused by excess blood vessels in the hands” study

Over the past few weeks, my Facebook feed has been inundated with an article entitled, "Fibromyalgia mystery finally solved! Researchers find main source of pain in blood vessels." I didn't think too much about it at first because I knew this was an old news article from 2013. As far as I knew, nothing had ever transpired as a result of the research. But then, the article kept showing up again and again and again. I even had a few readers and friends email it to me, asking if it was legit. The short answer is yes and no. I'm sorry to disappoint, but no, researchers have NOT … [Read more...]


Physician says fibromyalgia misdiagnosis is rampant

The following Q & A with Dr. David Brady about the commonality of fibromyalgia misdiagnosis was originally published on NationalPainReport.com and is being republished here with permission from the editor. This post contains affiliate links.  When I stumbled upon my first podcast with Dr. David Brady last year, I knew I had to bring his important message to the fibromyalgia community. Dr. Brady’s message is one that I wish I had heard years ago when I was struggling with my first fibromyalgia symptoms, and it’s a message that hit me personally last spring when I was diagnosed with … [Read more...]


23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue

This article on "23 clinically-proven ways to reduce fibromyalgia fatigue" was originally published on NationalPainReport.com. It is being republished here with permission from the editor.  A few weeks ago, I had a reader point out that I write a lot about relieving fibromyalgia pain, but very little about reducing fatigue. Well, there's a reason for that: There always seem to be far more options for pain management than fatigue. But my reader's comment got me curious about the research regarding fibromyalgia and fatigue. I wondered if there is anything clinically proven to actually … [Read more...]


FedUpwithFatigue.com’s top posts from 2016

2016 was an incredible year for FedUpwithFatigue.com! I am so proud of my little blog and everything it's accomplished since launching in early 2014. This year, I was thrilled to make HealthLine's top 10 list of best fibromyalgia blogs and to be nominated for HealthLine's best health blogs contest. (A special "thank you" to whoever nominated me!) I also was proud to reach this year's goal of 10,000+ email subscribers, making FedUpwithFatigue.com one of the largest fibromyalgia blogs. As the year comes to a close, I thought it would be nice to look back at some of FedUpwithFatigue.com's … [Read more...]

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