Friday 5: March 3, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news

March 3, 2017 fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue news curated weekly by FedUpwithFatigue.com


HealthRising: Could Donald Trump be good for chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia?

I don’t know whether to be hopeful or horrified by what this article says. 


Pain News Network: The 411 on Calmare scrambler therapy

Chiropractor Michael Cooney shares information on a non-drug, noninvasive therapy for chronic pain caused by fibromyalgia, neuropathy and other conditions. 


HealthRising: Antiviral regimen returns wheelchair-bound ME/CFS and fibromyalgia patient to health

More anecdotal evidence that antivirals might be helpful for fibro and chronic fatigue.

(Note: If you’re interested in antivirals for fibro, then you might want to take a look at this post that I wrote a few months back about a new antiviral/anti-inflammatory drug combo that’s heading to phase III trials this year.)


Xo, Faith: Get up to 100% off of medical services by negotiating with your doctor or hospital

I stumbled across this article just as I received an unexpected $400 medical bill. I’ll be using these tips to help negotiate a better deal. Maybe they will help some of you, too!  


Vice.com: Your pain in not real | How doctors discriminate against women

I’m guessing most of my female readers can relate! (Although to be fair, I bet most chronic pain patients are discriminated against, male or female.)

A petition…

The Trump administration is sending mixed signals regarding its stance on medical marijuana. Please consider signing this petition asking president to honor states’ rights to legalize cannabis. As chronic pain sufferers, we need more treatment options, and medical marijuana is a miracle for some people. (Just FYI: You will have to confirm your signature via email. Check your spam folder because mine landed there. Your signature will not be counted if you don’t verify it via email.)

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  1. Let me know if you use my tips & get money off your $400 bill! I love to hear success stories :-).

    Xo, Faith

  2. Doreen Luck Salter says

    Hi Donna:
    I am back. I was reading through old blogs and read a positive comment about Tramadol, but now am unable to find it. It works for me, but my insurance is fighting me about covering it. I thought I could send the positive comment to them. Thanks.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I’ve got a better idea than that. Go to PubMed and search for “Tramadol fibromyalgia.” There is a study that shows Tramadol is effective at treating fibromyalgia pain. It’s backed by research, so they’ll be more willing to cover it. Hope this helps!

  3. Doreen Luck Salter says

    Hi Donna:
    Am still new to your blog, but not to Fibromyalgia; 10 years in May. I’m still trying to get though your archived blogs, but wanted to ask if you have heard of or tried Flotation Therapy? It is really popular in Colorado and they offer it just 7 miles from my house and not covered by my insurance. Should definitely get positive results from all the Epsom Salts! Also, how do others get everything done during the day? I am specifically talking about the things I want to do for myself [i.e. exercising, taking meds, laundry, cleaning, reading blogs, internet research, Fibro books, keeping in contact with friends, support group, shopping/errands, paying bills, etc.]. I don’t come anywhere close to getting everything done. My husband does a lot, so it is not just me in this alone. I’m just trying to get some relief and everything seems necessary.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      I haven’t tried floatation therapy yet, but am going to soon b/c I received a gift certificate for Christmas. I’ve read really good things about it.
      As for getting everything done … wish I had some great advice for that one, but I struggle just like everyone else. I try to prioritize and do the things that HAVE to be done first, then move on to other things. I try to do certain things every day, like a load of laundry, the dishes, etc., just to keep things halfway tidy.

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