As time passes, I’m seeing more and more articles – especially out of Europe – discussing the abuse of pregabalin (brand name: Lyrica). I’m still trying to figure out how people get high on Lyrica. It never did anything for me other than increase my pain and cause weight gain.
From the article: “Deaths involving pregabalin have climbed sharply in Northern Ireland during 2019, accounting for 40.3 percent of all drug related deaths, latest official figures showed on Tuesday (March 2). The annual number of deaths involving this controlled substance rose from nine in 2016 to 54 in 2018 to 77 in 2019.”
Weather.com: Shot to prevent Lyme disease enters human trials
Yet another Lyme vaccine is heading to trials. I think there are at least three vaccine candidates in the works at this point.
From the article: “Unlike a vaccine, Lyme PrEP uses a single human antibody, or blood protein, to kill the bacteria in the tick’s gut while it takes its blood drink, before the bacteria can get into the human host.”
NutraIngredients-USA.com: Pycnogenol eases fibromyalgia systems, reduces need for painkillers
From the article: “Extracts from the bark of French Maritime Pine may reduce oxidative stress and ease pain symptoms in people with fibromyalgia, suggests a new study supported by Horphag Research.”
LymeDiseaseAssociation.org: Babesiosis cases increasing according to Medicare databases study
From the article: “A study by Mikhail et al in Open Forum Infectious Diseases, Feb. 2021, from 2006 to 2017 showed 19,469 beneficiaries had babesiosis recorded, a substantial increase. The highest states by rates were Massachusetts (62), Rhode Island (61), Connecticut (51), New York (30), and New Jersey (19). States previously considered nonendemic saw increases: New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.”
From the article: “However, increased vitamin D levels did not correlate with a reduction in pain over the 12-week period. The patients had comparable levels of pain at 12 weeks irrespective of whether they received vitamin D supplementation or placebo…”
And an extra…
University of Michigan: New hope for treating chronic pain without opioids
Many of you know I’m a big fan of using low-dose naltrexone (LDN) for chronic pain and immune system modulation. It helped me with my pain levels when nothing else did. Click here to read more about LDN.
From the article: “Low-dose naltrexone has been used off-label for years to treat chronic pain, but Hatfield said this is the first in-depth, systematic review of the literature to determine if the drug is indeed a good option for patients and deserving of more formal study.”
Recently on FedUpWithFatigue.com…
The University of Rochester and the National Fibromyalgia Association are inviting those with fibromyalgia to participate in an online survey on patient-reported symptoms.
New Movement Toward Health program…
Dr. Andrew David Shiller is launching Movement Toward Health, a new monthly membership program for those with fibromyalgia. If you join by noon ET on March 16, you’ll have access to the following as a founding member:
- A progressive curriculum of breathing, awareness and movement training sessions taught by Dr. Shiller based on 30 years’ experience.
- Fun, relaxed atmosphere.
- Practice whenever and wherever you want via convenient video training program.
- Monthly live Learning Enrichment Session via Zoom with Dr. Shiller. Get your questions answered. Learn about your living anatomy and physiology and how to make it work for you.
- Supportive online community of co-learners with private online discussion space.
The cost is $27/month. That price will increase over time, but as a founding member, your rate will remain the same for as long as you participate in the program. The program begins during the week of April 11.
The 2021 Migraine World Summit will take place March 17-25. Click here to learn more or to register for free access to each day’s videos!
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New ME/CFS book…
From the article: “Tracie White, a science writer at Stanford Medicine, has written a new book, ‘The Puzzle Solver: A Scientist’s Desperate Quest to Cure the Illness That Stole His Son’ about Ron Davis, professor of biochemistry and of genetics, and his efforts to save his son Whitney Dafoe. She wrote the book, which was published in January, with Davis.
“Since 2004, Dafoe, once an accomplished photographer, has suffered from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS). The disease, which is incurable, is characterized by debilitating fatigue. Dafoe’s illness is severe, leaving him bedridden and incapable of even the most fundamental functions or interactions.”
Aromalief is now offering a larger 4-ounce size of its pain relief cream in spearmint!
I reviewed Aromalief last year and am still using it when my lower back pain flares up!
Also, Aromalief just published a free pain tracker printable to help track pain or other chronic symptoms.
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