02.28.2020

Feb. 28, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

Feb. 28, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news highlights: Johns Hopkins in-vitro study uncovers potential herbal treatments for Lyme disease; another small trial finds low-dose naltrexone is effective at reducing fibromyalgia pain; gluten- and dairy-free batch cooking and meal prep ideas; treating Lyme using Āyurveda; 33 ways to rest well with energy-limiting illnesses; a book review of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia” and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

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Medical News Today: Two herbal compounds may beat antibiotics when treating Lyme disease

This latest Johns Hopkins study sounds promising! I know Japanese knotweed, one of the plants mentioned, has been used by Lymies (myself included) for years now.

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Fibromyalgia News Today: Addiction medicine naltrexone may relieve tenderness, fatigue in fibromyalgia, pilot study shows

If you have a problem accessing the full article due to Fibromyalgia News Today’s paywall, here’s a link to the abstract of the actual study.

From the article: “In both trials to date, naltrexone was found to significantly reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia in 57-60% of patients, compared with a placebo. The participants were treated for eight to 12 weeks, a daily dose of 4.5 mg.”

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A Balanced Belly: 16 tips to gluten and dairy-free batch cooking and meal prep

Some helpful ideas for those of us who are gluten and/or dairy free!

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Prohealth: How Āyurveda improved my chronic Lyme disease

From the article: “What this means for patients going into a consultation hoping to support Lyme disease treatment with Āyurveda is that it may appear the practitioner isn’t prescribing herbs or therapies that would seem to eradicate the Lyme bacteria at all. This can be the biggest hurdle Westerners will grapple with that prevents them from giving Āyurveda serious consideration.”

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The Mighty: Allodynia … the fibromyalgia pain you’ve never heard of

You might not be familiar with the term “allodynia,” but chances are you’ve experienced it if you live with fibromyalgia!

And an extra…

Living an Everyday Kind of Life: 33 ways to rest well with ME/CFS

While the author of this article has chronic fatigue syndrome, the tips also apply to those of us with other energy-limiting conditions like fibromyalgia and Lyme. Lots of good tidbits here!

Are you on long-term antibiotic therapy for Lyme?

I’m sure most of you are aware of what’s going on with the coronavirus. I’m not sure if this situation is really leading to a pandemic or if the media is just hyping this virus up for ratings, but I did want to make my fellow Lymies aware of this article:

Coronavirus could cause a shortage of common medications in the US

The article indicates there may be shortages of certain antibiotics, including doxycycline, the most common antibiotic used for Lyme. I don’t want to alarm anyone, but did want to let you guys know in case you need to reach out to your physicians to discuss preparations.

This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…

Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia book review

Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia book review | Fed Up with Fatigue
Feb. 28, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news highlights: Johns Hopkins in-vitro study uncovers potential herbal treatments for Lyme disease; another small trial finds low-dose naltrexone is effective at reducing fibromyalgia pain; gluten- and dairy-free batch cooking and meal prep ideas; treating Lyme using Āyurveda; 33 ways to rest well with energy-limiting illnesses; a book review of the “Mayo Clinic Guide to Fibromyalgia” and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

Comments

  1. HI Donna,
    Just taking a moment to thank you for posting very relevant, interesting, and educational articles.
    I love the exploration of so many tx variations and news posts.
    I am a holistic nutritionist with FM and it’s very hard to treat oneself!
    Much appreciated and great job!

  2. Maureen M. says

    Hi Donna, I have posted in the long ago past here that while I was told I had FM for many years yet I always felt that it was ME/CFS. Then I was diagnosed in July 2018 with Systemic Lupus due to years of symptoms and positive SLE labs.
    Regardless of new treatment, my Chronic Fatigue issues/flares remain chronic! 🙁
    I Thank You for posting ‘A balanced Belly’ and ‘Living an everyday kind of life’ articles/links.
    Both are extremely helpful for me in learning more and more about keeping balanced and committed to managing my fatigue and other symptoms.
    I pray this day finds you feeling better. With care always, Maureen M.

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