King’s College London: New study shows fibromyalgia likely the result of autoimmune problems
This has been big news within the fibromyalgia community on Facebook. I’m always hesitant to get excited about mouse studies, but it does sound promising.
From the press release: “The researchers injected mice with antibodies from people living with FMS and observed that the mice rapidly developed an increased sensitivity to pressure and cold, as well as displaying reduced movement grip strength. In contrast, mice that were injected with antibodies from healthy people were unaffected, demonstrating that patient antibodies cause, or at least are a major contributor to the disease. Furthermore, the mice injected with fibromyalgia antibodies recovered after a few weeks, when antibodies had been cleared from their system. This finding strongly suggests that therapies which reduce antibody levels in patients are likely to be effective treatments. Such therapies are already available and are used to treat other disorders that are caused by autoantibodies.”
NASA Earth Observatory: Mapping the spread of Lyme disease
From the article: “Serge Olivier Kotchi of the Public Health Agency of Canada has been studying how climate change affects the incidence of vector-borne diseases in Canada, including Lyme and West Nile Virus. The medical geographer and his colleagues recently published a study in Remote Sensing which showed that the risk of Lyme disease is expanding north in Canada as temperatures change. In particular, they found that between 2000 and 2015, Lyme risk doubled in the province of Quebec and tripled in Manitoba.”
Pain News Network: How chronic pain can lead to autoimmunity problems
From the article: “Every chronic pain patient needs to do a self-assessment to determine if their basic pain problem has caused autoimmunity. A failure to control autoimmunity will likely result in progressive complications, misery and probably an early death. As with most other medical conditions, the earlier the recognition, the better the control, suppression and outcome.”
FYI: Dr. Tennant, the author of the article above, includes a list of symptoms that may indicate autoimmunity may be at work. Fibromyalgia is on that list along with brain fog, joint pain, fatigue, neuropathy and other symptoms common to fibromyalgia. Based on that list, ALL of us have autoimmunity as a component of our chronic illness. 🙁
I think I’ve already posted a link or two about researchers finding Lyme-infected ticks on California beaches, but this article is particularly well done and offers a deep dive into the study results. The Lyme bacteria wasn’t the only pathogen found. Borrelia miyamotoi and anaplasma also were found at alarming rates.
From the study: “A multicomponent rehabilitation programme combining patient education with a mindfulness-based and acceptance-based group programme followed by physical activity counselling was not more effective than patient education and treatment as usual for patients with recently diagnosed fibromyalgia at 12-month follow-up.”
And an extra…
From the article: “The technology developed by the UAB and UPC researchers consists of a chest strap with a sensor capable of measuring certain cardiac hemodynamic variables, connected via Bluetooth to a mobile app. The mobile application allows you to record and monitor heart rate variability and share the analyzed results with the medical staff who supervise patients.”
Free Lyme book…
The Kindle version of “Lyme: The First Epidemic of Climate Change” by investigative reporter Mary Beth Pfeiffer is FREE through the end of today, July 9.
Share your fibromyalgia story…
Leah McCullough aka “The Fibro Lady” is seeking persons who will share their story of living with fibromyalgia.
New chronic fatigue book…
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Integrative coach Sharon Wirant recently released a new book, “Tired Yet Wired: Breaking Your Chronic Fatigue Cycle.”
“This book is about how I lost myself in a sea of noise and learned how to break my chronic fatigue cycle while healing from Lyme disease, stealth viruses and toxic mold exposure,” Wirant explains. “Hustling, overachieving, over obliging, and over helping got me in this mess, along with the genetic predisposition that responds to all the hype. The veil of brain fog, swirl of thoughts and emotional overwhelm led me to finding my truth, aligning again with my heart by revealing and healing what I kept hidden inside. Doing this internal work rewarded me with regaining precious lost energy.”
P.S. I haven’t read this book, so I cannot vouch for the quality of the material but the table of contents looks interesting!
Recently on FedUpWithFatigue.com…
Unfortunately, switching from amitriptyline to fluvoxamine for my chronic daily headaches did not work out. After several days of increased neck pain and more intense headaches, I stopped the fluvoxamine and went back on amitriptyline. Because of the flareup of symptoms, I wasn’t able to publish a new post this week, so I’ll share my latest one below for those who may not have seen it yet.