This week’s fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 23, 2015)

This week's fibromyalgia and ME/CFS news (week of Nov. 23, 2015) | FedUpwithFatigue.com

Just wanted to send a quick “Happy Thanksgiving” to my U.S. readers. My hubby and I’s families live out of state and we aren’t traveling, so we’re eating at a local restaurant this year. After being on an anti-inflammatory diet since September, I can’t wait to treat myself to some pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and homemade bread tomorrow! If you don’t hear from me again, then you know my body didn’t survive all the carbs!

I also wanted to take a minute to say how grateful I am for all of you. I am humbled and honored you have chosen to visit and read my blog. Some of you write me the most wonderful emails, thanking me for my work, and those always inspire me to keep going. Thank you so much for putting your confidence in me and continually reminding me that I am not alone in this.

I’m going to keep this week’s news post short due to the holiday, but I’ve picked out the best for you, so you’re not missing out on anything that’s timely. Here goes …

Top stories …

Pharmaceutical company recalls duloxetine (generic Cymbalta) after the wrong medication is found in one bottle.

Bad news for Pfizer: Clinical trial finds Lyrica doesn’t relieve chronic nerve pain caused by traumatic accidents or surgery. (If you’ve ever been curious about how well Lyrica works for fibro, then you’ll want to check out my post, “Why Your Fibro Meds Aren’t Working.”)

But things are looking up: Drugmakers Pfizer and Allergan are merging to save on corporate taxes. Interesting tidbit from this story: Lyrica earned $5.17 billion in revenue last year, making it Pfizer’s top-selling drug. The company evidently wants to keep its cash cow because it’s fighting hard to prevent a generic form of Lyrica.

Norway clinic is successfully treating ME/CFS patients with cancer drug rituximab.

If the Solve ME/CFS Initiative receives 250 financial gifts of any size by Dec. 1, it will receive a generous $50,000 donation. Help them reach their goal. 

European study shows capsaicin pain patch works better than Lyrica.

Eli Lilly & Co. attorney named a 2015 Product Liability MVP by Law360.com for her three legal victories against plaintiffs who claimed they experienced withdrawal symptoms after stopping Cymbalta.

Yep, they went there: Take Health Rising’s sex poll. 

In case you missed it …

Be sure to stop in for a visit on Friday, Nov. 27, to enter the Ultimate Spoonie Giveaway! FedUpwithFatigue.com is partnering with several chronic illness bloggers, including Counting My Spoons, February Stars, Living Incurably, LiveKen – My Chronic Life Journey and Alisha Nurse, to offer two huge giveaway packs and three smaller prizes.

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Earlier this week, I published the latest installment in my Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuit series. This timeline includes information on all of the cases that have gone to court so far and their outcomes.

Thousands of Cymbalta users are suing Eli Lilly & Company, claiming the drugmaker didn't fully disclose the severity of the drug's withdrawal symptoms. The plaintiffs in the cases say they experienced headaches, dizziness, nausea, nightmares, anxiety, mania, suicidal ideation, brain zaps and other symptoms after they stopped taking Cymbalta.

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  1. There is some great info here to keep us all up to date. thanks Donna for sharing this at this week’s fibro link up and all you do to help others understand important fibro issues

    • You’re welcome. Happy to be a contributor. Thanks for giving us a place to post every week!


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