Fibromyalgia News Today: Women with fibromyalgia more likely to have low levels of iron in the blood, study suggests (This website allows free access to 3 articles per month. If you’ve exceeded that limit, you can still read the study here.)
From the article: “Statistical analyses found no relationship between ferritin levels and the degree of anxiety, depression, and sleep quality in women with fibromyalgia. However, among those who had poor sleep quality, lower ferritin levels were found to be associated with higher levels of depression.”
Just FYI: Too much iron can cause serious health issues so please talk to your doctor and get your level tested before adding an iron supplement to your treatment plan.
The CT Mirror: A $25,000 Lyme disease challenge
A Connecticut Lyme disease patient is offering a $25,000 reward if Infectious Diseases Society of America physicians can prove borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, is 100% eradicated after six weeks of antibiotics.
Pain News Network: Is poppy seed tea a deadly potion or potent pain reliever?
From the article: “You can find poppy seeds in cakes, cookies, muffins and salad dressings. The tiny versatile seed is even used in cosmetic products as a skin moisturizer and exfoliant. What you may not know is that poppy seeds can also be used to make tea. The bitter homemade brew doesn’t taste good, but some chronic pain sufferers have discovered poppy seed tea is a potent pain reliever.”
U.S. News & World Report: Nerve stimulation therapy could cut fibromyalgia pain
From the article: “In a recent study, use of TENS — transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation — during movement or activity was shown to significantly reduce pain associated with fibromyalgia after just four weeks.”
Lyme Disease Association, Inc.: Study shows increase of non-Lyme tick-borne diseases
From the article: “The study shows a significant increase in the number of reported cases of many [non-Lyme tick-borne illnesses] from 2004 to 2016, including a 6.6-fold (875 to 5,750) increase in anaplasmosis and ehrlichiosis combined. It also uncovered a significant underreporting of Lyme disease and Q fever to the CDC.”
And an extra…
From the article: “[GlaxoSmithKline] has suspended production and distribution of its Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine products…”
FYI: The store brands should still be available, but I know some people who swear the Excedrin brand works better. If you’re in that category, then you might want to stock up while you can!
This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…
Chair yoga workshop…
Bindu from BeyondFibromyalgia.com is offering a free integrative movement (i.e. chair yoga) workshop this Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 7-8:30 p.m. ET. Register here.