From the article: “The popular pain and seizure drug gabapentin is under fire for its alleged role in America’s overdose crisis, with an influential consumer advocacy group urging the government to classify the prescription medication a controlled substance.”
From the article: “MCT [medium-chain triglyceride] oils have been recommended by some, in part, because they are converted to energy more quickly and easily than longer chain fatty acids, can reduce lactate levels, and improve gut health. It’s often used to enhance ketogenic diets and may reduce mitochondria-induced inflammation. They also appear to induce satiety more quickly, and so may be helpful with diets.”
From the article: “We don’t really know why people with fibromyalgia and ME/CFS are more likely to experience TMJ. One theory links TMJ to the central sensitization and high sensitivity common in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients.”
NavigatingTheStorms.com: Medical gaslighting – A sad, big, and real problem!
From the article: “As chronically ill people, we are more prone to medical gaslighting. So, the question is what we can do about it. How do we manage it? How can we best protect ourselves?”
Creating with Chronic Fatigue: How to use memory aids when living with brain fog
From the article: “Many people living with CFS/ME will experience difficulty remembering things, which can have a huge impact on their life. This can range from not being able to recall what another person just said to forgetting the activity they were just doing. To help manage this, I’m going to go through some of the things you can do and tips you can use to help you when you’re finding it hard to remember things.”
And an extra…
From the article: “Chronic pain and illnesses are so rare and unique, and their symptoms inexhaustible. Even people living with the same illness can have totally different experiences. Here are some suggestions of things you can record in your pain journal…”
Warrior of the Week…
The Warrior of the Week is Greg Mania, who recently shared what it’s like to live with fibromyalgia on HuffPost.com. Click here to read Greg’s column!
Product of the Week…
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Let’s talk burning feet … I have them, and a lot of you have them, too, since neuropathy, especially in the feet and hands, is common among those with fibromyalgia.
In my case, the burning lost some of its intensity after a couple of years of treating chronic Lyme disease, but I still struggle with it. To this day, I wear socks to bed because I can’t stand the feel of sheets touching my feet.
One of the only products I’ve found to help squelch the burning is Two Old Goats Foot Balm. Full disclosure: This product is NOT going to fix your neuropathy (or at least it didn’t for me), but it may put out enough of the fire to make it more tolerable.
If you try it, let me know how it works!