12.27.2019

Dec. 27, 2019 fibromyalgia & Lyme news

Dec. 27, 2019 #fibromyalgia & #Lyme news highlights: FDA adds warning labels to Lyrica and gabapentin; researchers develop new paper-based test to improve diagnosis rates of early-stage Lyme; the link between fibromyalgia and intracranial hypertension; how to use CBD oil; best books for living with chronic illness and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

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USA Today: FDA adds warning labels to Lyrica, other nerve drugs over opioid concerns

From the article: “The new labels will warn doctors against prescribing the drugs with other medications that can slow breathing, including opioid painkillers. The breathing risks also apply to elderly patients and those with existing lung problems.”

In a related article, Newsweek recently reported on the link between gabapentin and increased suicide risk.

The media and the powers-that-be seem to really be building a case against drugs like gabapentin and Lyrica, which are commonly prescribed as alternatives to opioids. Given the crackdown on opioids in recent years, the chronic pain community really needs to watch this new effort against Lyrica/gabapentin because it certainly looks like there may be a crackdown on these drugs, too.

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Phys.org: Paper-based test could diagnose Lyme disease at early stages

From the article: “When tested on 50 blood samples from people with or without early-stage Lyme disease, the assay had a specificity of 96.3% and a sensitivity of 85.7%. In addition to being much more sensitive than existing tests, the assay requires 15 minutes to complete and costs only 42 cents per test.”

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HealthRising.org: Does intracranial hypertension run rampant in fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and migraine?

If you experience a lot of headaches, head pressure, dizziness, vision loss and cognitive issues, it might be worthwhile to research intracranial hypertension. I’ve been dealing with this condition since January, and have found out that it’s quite common among those with fibromyalgia, Lyme and similar conditions. Apparently, this connection also has been established in research!

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LymeMIND: 4th Annual “Lyme Disease in the Era of Precision Medicine” (YouTube video, 50 minutes)

Dr. Neil Spector, a cancer researcher and physician who nearly died from heart-related Lyme complications, discusses how he is using the principles of cancer research to further our understanding of Lyme disease.

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RawlsMD.com: How long does it take for CBD to work?

From RawlsMD: “Dr. Bill Rawls explains both the immediate and long-term benefits of CBD, why dosing matters, and how long you should expect to wait before seeing results.”

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And an extra…

Up Journey: 11 best books for living with chronic illness or chronic pain

Columnist Amy Orr has compiled a list of self-help books to help us live better with chronic illness!

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Dec. 27, 2019 #fibromyalgia & #Lyme news highlights: FDA adds warning labels to Lyrica and gabapentin; researchers develop new paper-based test to improve diagnosis rates of early-stage Lyme; the link between fibromyalgia and intracranial hypertension; how to use CBD oil; best books for living with chronic illness and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

Comments

  1. #3: Oh my gosh! I’ve got an appointment (couldn’t get in until June though) to see an ENT because of the Pulsatile Tinnitus that I have had for several years now.
    Whenever I mentioned this to my doctors, they’d listen to the nape of my neck and shrug. More recently, my fibro doctor said that it’s probably the heightened nervous system causing it. When I read the list of symptoms, I’m floored. I’ve only been diagnosed with Fibro for a year, but I’ve had the pulsatile tinnitus for a minimum of 5. Also, I’ll mention this at my yearly eye appointment which is coming up soon. Thank you, as always, for posting helpful information, Donna.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      It’s definitely worth getting checked out! I’ve been living w/ IH the past almost 12 months and I can tell you that parts of it definitely feel the same as fibromyalgia. I could see how doctors could possibly confuse the two conditions and/or not detect the IH for treatment.

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