Living with fibromyalgia is so frustrating. Last week, I had several very low-pain days in a row. I had maybe 10% of what my “normal” pain is each day.
And then came Monday. As soon as I stood up from the bed, I knew IT WAS BACK. My “normal” pain had returned. So now I’m left wondering why and how? Did I way overdo it by putting the Christmas decorations away on Sunday? Is it because the temperature outside took a major dip? Did I eat the wrong thing? My logical mind looks for patterns, but finds none.
I’m grateful for those good days. It gives me hope that I’m continuing to improve. I just wish there were more of them…
Top headlines …
Lyrica makes list of most profitable drugs for 2015.
Congress is investigating new opioid prescribing guidelines proposed by the (U.S.) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reports Pain News Network.
Fibromyalgia symptoms often worsen during the cold-weather months. Everyday Health gives us “5 ways to stay pain-free this winter.”
Fellow fibromyalgia blogger Grace is Sufficient shares “12 tips to make grocery shopping easier.”
Health Rising reflects on 2015’s best and worst news for the fibro and ME/CFS communities. And Counting My Spoons compiles a list of 11 top chronic illness and fibromyalgia medical studies.
I bet a lot of us can relate to this humorous list: “You might have fibromyalgia if…”
Research & treatments …
Fibro and ME/CFS patients rate the best sleep aids on Health Rising.
“Researchers say chronic pain rewires brain,” reports Pain News Network.
“Positional cervical cord compression may be present in patients with fibromyalgia,” reports Healio.com.
Pain News Network columnist Ellen Lenox Smith says finding the right ratio of THC and CBD in medical marijuana is the key to getting pain relief from cannabis. And I wrote on the same topic a few weeks ago in my post, “How to use medical marijuana without getting high.”
Fibromyalgia received its own diagnosis code when the U.S. adopted the ICD-10 medical coding system last year, but we still have a long way to go for full acceptance, says this op-ed on National Pain Report.
Columbia University professor says the controversial ME/CFS PACE trial is damaging medical journal’s reputation.
Journalist and public health expert Dr. David Tuller raises 68 unanswered questions about the PACE trial
Odds & ends …
The Stanford Daily gives us an update on Stanford University’s ME/CFS research initiatives.
ME/CFS blogger Being Matt explores how ego affects life with chronic illness.
Woman with ME/CFS avoids punishment for drunk driving charges because she has “auto-brewery syndrome.”
Off topic …
For those of you who are trying to get more organized during the New Year, here are Country Living’s 20 best organizing tricks from 2015.
Here’s a free 4-week course to simplify and curb the chaos in your life!
I know most people just toss their poinsettias after the holidays, but it’s possible to keep them living long after Christmas has passed. Garden Style San Antonio tells us how. (I kept one living for a couple of years once!)
Craving something hearty to warm you up this winter? Slow Cooker from Scratch shares 35+ best recipes for slow cooker beef stew.