Friday 5: Jan. 12, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news + giveaway

Jan. 12, 2018 #fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue & #Lyme news | Fed Up with Fatigue


Holtorf Medical Group: Is your physician treating 17 years behind the research?

This confirms what I’ve suspected for a long time: We often know more about our condition than our doctors do. 


Simmaron Research: Could chronic fatigue syndrome be a chronic form of sepsis? 

This is an interesting idea especially since there’s a similar theory floating around in the chronic Lyme world these days, and chronic Lyme is sometimes mislabeled as ME/CFS. 


Fibromyalgia News Today: Sex hormone fluctuations regulate pain severity in women with fibromyalgia, study finds

From the article: “Day-to-day changes in both pain and hormone levels revealed that lower levels of progesterone and testosterone were significantly associated with increased pain.”


Lemons ‘N Lyme: Top tips to prepare for doctors appointments | chronic illness (YouTube video, 10 minutes)

From the video description: “You can’t control the doctor, but you can control everything on your end. These simple tips can help you have a more productive appointment!”


Fibromyalgia News Today: Oscillations in specific brain waves may be related to fibromyalgia symptoms, study finds

From the article: “Importantly, in this small cohort of female fibromyalgia patients, the increased theta brain activity correlated with measures of pain, tenderness and tiredness on the day of testing. No correlations between these measures and brain activity were seen in healthy controls.”

And a few extras…

I’m still cleaning out my queue of links, so here are some additional links.

ChronicIllnessTraumaStudies.com: How trauma affects risk for chronic illness | summary of the science

From the article: “The research shows remarkable findings on how stress and trauma are risk factors for chronic illness. And it’s not psychological. The growing field of epigenetics is beginning to reveal one of the mechanisms for understanding how nongenetic factors affect risk for chronic diseases of all kinds.”

Better Health Guy: Exploring EMFs with Peter Sullivan (YouTube video, 1 hour, 24 minutes)

Your wifi and other electronic devices could be negatively affecting your health. During this interview, you’ll learn about the health consequences of EMFs and how to mitigate your exposure. 

Pain News Network: Should you tell an employer about your chronic pain? 

From the article: “You do have rights as an employee and a person living with chronic pain. You should know what they are before you decide whether to disclose.”

This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…

2017’s top fibromyalgia news and research

2017's top fibromyalgia news and research | Fed Up with Fatigue

Salonpas giveaway…

A few weeks ago, Hisamitsu America, the maker of Salonpas, sent me a HUGE care package in celebration of releasing two new over-the-counter lidocaine-based pain-relieving products. There were so many Salonpas goodies in the box that there’s no way I will ever be able to use them all, so I’ve decided to split them up and give them away to my readers! This is the last of three giveaways.

This package of Salonpas products includes:

Salonpas Lidocaine Plus Pain Relieving Liquid (3 fl. oz)

Salonpas Deep Relieving Gel (2.75 oz)

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  1. Hi Donna,

    I see your supportive and helpful comments regularly on Chronic Illness Bloggers and have been subscribed to your blog for quite a while now. I so appreciate all you do. Thanks for linking to my post about the science linking stress, trauma and risk for chronic illness. It’s a topic I’ve been exploring for 20 years that relates to all kinds of chronic diseases and it’s helped make so much sense of my chronic fatigue as well as helping me to heal. I hope it’s helpful for others.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I think this is an important topic, and one that tends to strike a nerve (both good and bad) in our community. So many think this path of research is supporting the notice that fibro is all in our heads, not understanding the mechanics behind how trauma can impact the body. It makes sense to so many of us when/if we can open our minds to the possibility.

      • I agree with you 100% that it can be a very challenging topic. So many people, not only with fibro or chronic fatigue but with all kinds of other chronic diseases have been told it’s all in their heads if trauma is mentioned. While the research is finally emerging to show how adverse events (subtle ones most of us miss, like I did) and overt ones – alter our genes through epigenetics, it takes a long time for things to change in the trenches of clinical practice. In the meantime, I write amount the research for the community it makes sense to and the volume of new studies is so big that I sometimes get overwhelmed and can’t keep up :-). A good sign!

        PS I didn’t get your response by email and just saw it today when I checked in specifically to see. I don’t see the option to sign up to hear from you so I can check back again some time :-).

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