This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 26, 2015)

This week's fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Oct. 26, 2015)

Thought I’d share a fibro fog moment this week: I accidentally used the wrong debit card (because they are both silver in color) to pay a large bill yesterday and ended up overdrawing my bank account. Didn’t discover what I’d done until this morning, so that required an unplanned trip to the ATM and the bank to fix the account balances. Can’t believe I did that! Doh!

Top news …

Oklahoma woman with fibromyalgia admits to stealing hydrocodone because she couldn’t afford her medication.

This is incredibly disturbing: ME Global Chronicle covers the story of Karina Hansen, a Danish ME/CFS patient who is being kept against her will in a clinic for people with brain damage. (The link will take you to a page of ME Global’s issues. You’ll need to download the Oct. 25, 2015/Karina Hansen issue.)

First legal cannabis vaporizer hits the U.K., and a woman with fibromyalgia reviews it.

U.S./U.K. study finds there are differences in disability and symptoms among U.S. and U.K. ME/CFS patients.

I bet most of us know all about these “9 Things Only Someone with Chronic Pain Understands.”

Research news …

German study using functional near-infrared spectroscopy finds “altered central nervous processing in patients with [fibromyalgia], as well as a distinction between [fibromyalgia] and major depression,” reports MDmagazine.com. National Pain Report also did a story on this study.

Health Rising’s Cort Johnson tells us more about a new immune modulator clinical trial for ME/CFS in the Netherlands.

“Researchers have identified the brain regions that allow some people to feel less pain in one area of the body when they are subjected to pain in another area,” reports Fox News. The finding may lead to better treatments for fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions.

Flu vaccine is safe for fibromyalgia patients, says Israeli study.

Fibromyalgia patients have biological rhythm disturbances (i.e. disturbances of sleep, activity, social and eating patterns), says Turkish study.

Oak wood extract may relieve the fatigue of ME/CFS.

Interviews …

Dr. Jon Kaiser discusses the similarities and differences between fibromyalgia and ME/CFS and how he believes they are both mitochondrial diseases in this written interview on Prohealth.

Pop singer Daryl Hall discusses his battle with Lyme disease. (I’m including this since sometimes Lyme disease is misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia.)

Personal stories …

New Zealand teen gives a first-person account of her life with ME/CFS.

A Mother Daughter Team Fights Fibro, RA, CRPS and More

U.K. man says yoga helped him to recover from ME/CFS.

Odds & Ends …

Blogger Sally Burch from Just ME weighs in on the problem with using graded exercise therapy as a treatment for ME/CFS.

Multiple studies have shown vitamin D deficiency is common among fibromyalgia sufferers. Here are “The 10 Worst Things that can Happen When You Don’t Get Enough Vitamin D.”

In case you missed it …

I recently interviewed one of the law firms handling the Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits.

The Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits: An interview with the attorneys | FedUpwithFatigue.com

And I created a new page on FedUpwithFatigue.com that’s dedicated to the lawsuits. You’ll find all of my posts related to the lawsuits, news story links and other helpful resources.

Off topic …

Think Halloween has its origins in America? Think again. Brush up on your Halloween trivia by watching this (slightly annoying) video on “Seven Things You Didn’t Know about Halloween!

Heading off to buy candy for this weekend’s trick-or-treaters? Then you may want to check out the “Most Popular Halloween Candy in Each State.”

23andme.com’s DNA tests include genetic health information again.

Severe drought uncovers a forgotten 400-year-old Mexican church.

Looking to save money on groceries? One Good Thing by Jillee shares “13 Super Smart Frugal Food Tips.”

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