From the article: “The American Medical Association is urging the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make significant changes to its 2016 opioid prescribing guideline to protect pain patients from arbitrary limits and other restrictions on opioid medication.”
MedicalXpress.com: Use of pain drug Lyrica common among injecting drug users, study finds
Over the past couple of years, I’ve started to see more and more news stories related to the abuse of Lyrica (and its cousin drug, gabapentin). I wouldn’t be surprised if we eventually end up with prescribing guidelines similar to what they’ve enacted for opioids.
Dr. Bill Rawls discusses the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy (numbness/tingling/pain, usually in the hands and feet), how it’s diagnosed and the best treatments. This article is aimed at those with Lyme, but the content also can be applied to fibromyalgia.
European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer: Global research team aims to find cause of chronic fatigue syndrome
From the article: “The new project involving Zegami will be the largest of its kind in Europe, including three research centres in Oxford Bydgoszcz (Poland) and Valencia, over a four- to five-year period. The team has secured $750,000 in funding from SoftCell Biologicals and is looking to raise an additional £1.6 million.”
LymeTap.com: Lyme test access program
From the website: “The Lyme Test Access Program (Lyme-TAP) is a nationwide patient assistance program offered by Rotary Club of Southwest Eureka Foundation to provide assistance for initial Lyme-related lab tests to patients who demonstrate true financial need.”
Some of you are probably wondering, “Why would anyone need to pay for a Lyme test? Insurance covers Lyme testing.” Yes, that is true. However, the standard testing used by almost all physicians only detects around 50% of active Lyme infections. There are many reasons why this happens.
Fortunately, there are more accurate tests on the market, but they often are not covered by insurance. Hence, why there’s a program to help those with low incomes pay for better Lyme testing.
And an extra…
PinkFortitude.com: 75 free or minimal cost self care activities
Given everything going on in the world these days, we definitely need to keep up our self-care practices. Hopefully this list can provide some inspiration!
What Works for Me: Beverley Butterfly…
Fellow chronic illness blogger Beverley from Blooming Mindfulness shares how she’s using ring splints to stabilize the joints in her fingers. (YouTube video, 12 minutes)