So, you know that nasty case of plantar fasciitis I’ve been fighting since last spring? Well, it turns out it might not be plantar fasciitis after all. After three sets of steroid injections, laser treatments and weeks of physical therapy, my feet were still killing me, so I decided to see another podiatrist for a second opinion. He thinks I may have peripheral neuropathy, which is common in those with fibro. I will go for nerve testing next week to confirm.
Obviously I’m not happy about this because neuropathy is extremely difficult to treat. The usual protocol calls for gabapentin, Lyrica or Cymbalta – none of which I can take due to side effects. I try to stay positive about my life with fibromyalgia, and my symptoms are much better than they were six months ago. I’m grateful for that, but I know you all can relate when I say sometimes it feels like taking two steps forward and one step back. (And yes, I know the saying is actually “one step forward and two steps back,” but I refuse to concede my previous victories.)
Three lots of Lyrica have been recalled due to heat damage.
It’s an epidemic: Chronic fatigue syndrome affects 1 in 50 teenagers, reports Newsweek.
Another new fibromyalgia drug is in the works. Biotech research company Premier Biomedical has filed a provisional patent on a new drug to treat fibromyalgia, neuropathic pain, MS symptoms and alcohol/chemical addiction. According to the company’s news release, “This new drug is in addition to Premier’s existing Feldetrex® drug, to compete in this segment of the health care market representing an opportunity of $16B annually.”
From Vice.com: “The withdrawal I experienced after quitting Cymbalta was worse than my depression.” (Want to know more about Cymbalta’s withdrawal symptoms? Visit my Cymbalta withdrawal lawsuits page.)
The National Drug Treatment Centre in Ireland says the misuse of Lyrica by drug addicts “is a serious emerging issue which should be monitored carefully.”
Fibromyalgia makes this list of the most frequently searched for conditions in the U.K.
Treatments & research …
Conflicting studies: Small Brazilian study finds acupuncture and electroacupuncture aren’t effective for fibromyalgia. But this Mexican study says electroacupuncture works!
Odds & ends …
BBC tells us “What not to say to someone with chronic fatigue syndrome.” And while we’re at it, here are “10 things not to say to someone with fibromyalgia.”
The U.K.’s National Health Service could have saved £54 million last year if it had been allowed to prescribe generic Lyrica.
The first medical marijuana dispensary opens on St. Louis, Missouri’s east side, and it feels like a spa …
Personal stories …
“Vampire” teen with ME/CFS is allergic to daylight – and her last name just happens to be Cullen, like Edward from “Twilight.” Now, that’s a weird coincidence…
Fibromyalgia sufferer says she was up doing spring cleaning the day after she started using medical marijuana.
U.K. woman with fibromyalgia (and mental illness) is sentenced to 7 years in prison after attacking man with meat cleaver.
In case you missed it …
Lots of people really enjoyed my holiday gift guide in December, so I decided to do another for Valentine’s Day.
Off topic …
I’m definitely a news junkie! A few weeks ago, I signed up for theSkimm, a free service that delivers a summary of the previous day’s top headlines into my inbox each morning. I thought I’d share since it’s an easy way to keep up on current events.
The scientific reason for why it’s so hard to quit sugar
I guess some would think this takes cheapskate to a whole new level, but I happen to think it’s pretty innovative: How to use junk mail to heat your home