Dec. 20, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

Dec. 20, 2019 #fibromyalgia & #Lyme news highlights: Approved Federal TICK Act earmarks millions for Lyme research; study links domestic abuse and fibromyalgia; Lyme health insurance claims have risen 117% since 2007; TENS found effective at treating fibromyalgia pain; tools for boosting your energy and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue


U.S. Congressman Chris Smith: Chris Smith’s TICK Act and End Neglected Diseases Act to become law

From the article: “It’s taken 21 years and over a dozen bills I’ve introduced in Congress beginning with the Lyme Disease Initiative Act of 1998 to get here. … This marks a major victory for hundreds of thousands – especially and including children – who suffer from this horrific disease.”


U.S. News & World Report: Domestic abuse can leave legacy of poor health

From the article: “…survivors of domestic abuse were twice as likely to have fibromyalgia and [chronic fatigue syndrome] than others, according to the study published Dec. 6 in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.”


U.S. News & World Report: The growth and reach of Lyme disease

A new report shows private health insurance claims for Lyme disease rose 117% between 2007 and 2018.


Healio Rheumatology: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation improves fibromyalgia pain

From the article: “Four weeks of active transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, or TENS, can significantly improve pain triggered by movement and other clinical outcomes among women with fibromyalgia, according to data published in Arthritis & Rheumatology.”


EurekAlert: Study finds differences in energy use by immune cells in ME/CFS

From the article: “New findings published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggest that specific immune T cells from people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) show disruptions in the way they produce energy. The research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.”

(Sharing since this is an important finding for those of you who are diagnosed with ME/CFS in addition to fibromyalgia and/or Lyme.)

And an extra…

Wendy Myers: Top 5 ways to pump up your energy (YouTube video, 43 minutes)

Detox expert Wendy Myers shares a few interesting tools for increasing the body’s production of energy.

This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…

My Christmas wish list as someone with Lyme & fibromyalgia

My Christmas wish list as someone living with Lyme & fibromyalgia | Fed Up with Fatigue

New yoga course…

My friend and fellow fibro warrior Melissa Reynolds recently finished her yoga teacher certification and is now accepting registrations for her new four-week course, “Foundations of Yoga for Chronic Pain and Fatigue.” Check it out here!

Quick holiday greeting…

I just wanted to take a minute to wish everyone a happy holiday next week! My hubby and I are celebrating on our own again this year since our families live out of state.

The holidays are bittersweet for me since my mom passed away 10 years ago, and it’s just my brother and I left to celebrate. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has a love/hate relationship with Christmas. I love the festivities, the lights, the cookies, the decorations, but at the same time, the holiday season always tends to bring out my melancholy side. I miss those days of a house full of people and food and wrapping paper thrown haphazardly all over the floor. You don’t ever fully appreciate those moments until they’re gone.

So, for next week, I am sending you all the energy you need to finish up any necessary shopping and cooking; calm, clear weather to keep away those achy knees and elbows; the ability to eat all of the ham and mac & cheese and Christmas cookies that you can stand without triggering a major pain flare; and most importantly, the ability to fully appreciate those people who are closest to you, flaws and all. I love you guys! Merry Christmas!

Below I’m sharing a few holiday-related articles from FedUpwithFatigue.com’s archives in case they might be helpful for those of you celebrating!

15 tips for surviving the holidays with chronic illness

15 tips for surviving the holidays with chronic illness | Fed Up with Fatigue

FedUpwithFatigue.com’s 2019 gift guide for fibromyalgia & Lyme disease

FedUpwithFatigue.com's 2019 gift guide for fibromyalgia & Lyme disease | Fed Up with Fatigue

Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving the holidays with chronic illness

Everything you ever wanted to know about surviving the holidays with chronic illness | Fed Up with Fatigue

21 ways to spend Christmas alone

21 ways to spend Christmas alone | Fed Up with Fatigue


  1. Jennifer Goergen says

    Donna I just wanted to wish you a very merry Christmas. Thanks for keeping us informed. I too am Few up with Fatigue! Blessings, Jenn

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