Where I’ve been…
Some of you may have noticed this is the first time I’ve posted since June 22. In late June, I confirmed through MRI that the disc in my back that was operated on in May has bulged again.
Then, a day or so later, I started having unexplained neck pain, which triggers a headache anytime I am sitting or standing for more than a few minutes. I’ve spent most of the past two weeks in bed because lying down is the only position in which I can find any semblance of comfort. I’m going through the process of having imaging and seeing specialists now to figure out my next steps and will resume my usual posting schedule when I’m able. I’d appreciate any prayers or positive thoughts you could send my way. Love you guys!
Now onto the news…
Fibromyalgia News Today: Immune system may play role in fibromyalgia, study suggests
From the article: “Inherited mutations in genes that provide instructions for the production of three immune molecules — called CCL11, CCL4 and MEFV — impact the immune system and may be associated with the risk of fibromyalgia, according to the researchers.”
From the article: “‘We’re confident the number is over 5,000 [cases], and that’s in the U.S. alone,’ [Dr. Scott] Commins says. There are also cases in Sweden, Germany and Australia — likely linked to other species of ticks.”
Solve ME/CFS Initiative: Hot areas in ME/CFS research: 2018 (YouTube video, 59 minutes)
Dr. Anthony L. Komaroff, Simcox-Clifford-Higby professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discusses ongoing ME/CFS research.
Younger Lab: Dextromethorphan for fibromyalgia (YouTube video, 8 minutes)
Dr. Jarred Younger gives an update on an upcoming study using dextromethorphan for fibromyalgia.
Pain News Network: Australian study finds cannabis does little for pain
From the article: “‘At each assessment, participants who were using cannabis reported greater pain and anxiety, were coping less well with their pain, and reported that pain was interfering more in their life, compared to those not using cannabis,’ said [Gabrielle] Campbell, who was lead author of the study. ‘There was no clear evidence that cannabis led to reduced pain severity or pain interference or led participants to reduce their opioid use or dose.'”
And an extra…
Sassy Holistics: Why are we all so SICK?!
Kristen from Sassy Holistics discusses why conditions like fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, chronic Lyme, MS, lupus, RA and others are so common these days.
The U.S. Pain Foundation is hosting a free webinar entitled “Learn how to use mindfulness to reduce pain and stress” on Tuesday, July 17, at 1 p.m. EDT. Register here.
Dr. Bill Rawls is hosting a free webinar on “Beyond Diagnosis: What it takes to overcome Lyme disease, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue” on Wednesday, July 18, at 8 p.m. EDT. Register here.