June 15, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

June 15, 2018 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news | Fed Up with Fatigue


Intuition Physician: Morning light effectively treats fibromyalgia in just a few days

From the article: “Just one hour of bright light each morning has been medically shown to decrease pain and sensitivity as well as increase functioning in patients with fibromyalgia.”


Lyme Disease Association: Longhorned tick now confirmed in New Jersey, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas

A new tick has migrated from Asia to the U.S.! From the article: “The longhorned tick is self-cloning, and is already known to transmit several human diseases, including spotted fever rickettsiosis, in its native East Asian countries – China, Japan and Australia. It may be only a matter of time before they become carriers of tick-borne diseases that affect humans.”


Changing the Face of Fibromyalgia: Support is essential (YouTube video, 16 minutes)

I often hear my fellow fibro warriors say they don’t feel supported or understood by their loved ones. If you fall into this category, then this video is for you – or more specifically, it’s for your loved ones! In it, Jessica from Changing the Face of Fibromyalgia explains some of the struggles of living with fibromyalgia and then gives tips for how our loved ones can better support us! It’s worth the watch and share!


February Stars: 10 strategies I use to improve mental health

Living with exhaustion, pain and other debilitating symptoms every day can really wear you down mentally. In this article, Donna from February Stars shares tips for handling the negative thoughts and emotions associated with chronic illness.


Simmaron Research: Large natural killer cell study points to autoimmunity and inflammation in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS)

From the article: “The study validated prior findings of an unusually large set of natural killer cells which produce more cytokines – conceivably causing more symptoms and immune activation – but which are less effective at killing infected cells. That finding seemed to jive with a picture of highly symptomatic ME/CFS patients who may have trouble fighting off infections.”

And an extra…

The New Yorker: How seniors joined the cannabis craze

From the article: “Seniors are America’s fastest-growing population of new cannabis users. Ten thousand people turn sixty-five each day, according to the Pew Research Center, and more and more are trying the drug for their health and well-being.”

Coming up…

(This section contains affiliate links.)

Hillary Thing is hosting a free webinar on “Beyond Antibiotics: How to Heal Your Body Naturally from Lyme and Complex Chronic Illnesses” on Tuesday, June 19, at 8 p.m. EST. You can learn more and register here.


Could your home be contributing to your illness? That’s the topic of the upcoming Toxic Home Transformation Summit, free and online, from June 25-July 1. You can learn more and register here.


Season 2 of the Sacred Plant starts on June 20. This free video series is an excellent way to learn more about cannabis and how to use it for various health conditions. You can learn more and register here.

Chair yoga…

Daily Om is offering an online “Chair Yoga for Healing, Strength and Mobility” class. Registrants can pay $40, $25 or $10 depending on what they can afford. You’ll receive the full class regardless of how much you pay! I thought some of you might be interested in this opportunity since it seems like a very gentle way to add some movement back into daily life.

(Please ignore the photo. I’m not sure why they chose that photo when obviously their target audience isn’t going to be doing splits!)


  1. Francine says

    I tried a light box, but my eyes are so sensitive to light that I couldn’t handle it (it was REALLY BRIGHT). I usually have the blinds closed most of the way during the day to cut the sun’s glare and have to wear sunglasses outside unless it’s really cloudy during the day as well. Mine is the Verilux Happy Light as well. I think I got mine at CVS or Walgreens many years ago.

  2. I am 5’6’ and weigh 120. I have quite a bit of arthritis as is rampant in my family, and am told I am small boned. After 3 major and 1 minor orthopaedic surgery I found myself in constant pain. However it was the pain in areas where I never had surgery that seemed strange. In addition to this I had unbelievable exhaustion and tremendous zingers up and down my body out to my extremities. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia which most doctors didn’t take seriously. FINALLY, I saw a rheumatologist who started me with 100 mgs of Lyrica which completely shut off the zingers. Three months later at my next appt she increased the dosage to 200 mgs. I’ve never slept so well in my life. I still have pain from my major surgeries which I can understand. But I feel so much better that I wonder if fibromyalgia is still a problem anymore? Anyway, for those out there suffering – this is food for thought.

  3. Jennifer says

    Thank you Donna. I always look forward to reading your posts.
    I hope and pray that you are recovering smoothly.

  4. Do you know what brand light box is used?

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