05.01.2020

May 1, 2020 fibromyalgia and Lyme news

May 1, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news highlights: FDA approves Cymbalta for teens with fibromyalgia; the latest shenanigans from the federal Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group; why it’s important to calm your nervous system if you have fibromyalgia; study finds cannabis reduces opioid use among chronic pain patients and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

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EMPR.com: Cymbalta approved for pediatric patients with fibromyalgia

Attention parents who have children with fibromyalgia: I am posting this article with reservations. I know Cymbalta has helped a lot of people over the years, so I don’t want to come across like I am demonizing any drug. However, I would urge parents to thoroughly research Cymbalta before giving it to a child.

Here’s why: About 50% of all people who try to stop taking Cymbalta experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can be very severe in some people (i.e. suicide, brain zaps, etc.). Unfortunately, most doctors don’t know about the high rate of withdrawal symptoms, so they tend to either not taper at all or they taper way too fast with bad consequences.

Visit this page for more information on Cymbalta Discontinuation Syndrome.

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LymeDisease.org: Bizarre happenings at the TBD Working Group

Author Dorothy Leland chronicles the shenanigans that occurred at the latest meeting of the federal Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group.

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Every Life Lives: Fibromyalgia made simple | Calming the nervous system matters with Elaine Merryfield (YouTube video, 41 minutes)

Fibromyalgia educator and author Elaine Merryfield discusses why it’s important for those with fibromyalgia to calm their nervous systems and provides tools for doing so.

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A Chronic Voice: 12 simple tips to manage stress (or ‘How to Relax’ by Thich Nhat Hanh)

My colleague Sheryl Chan shares stress management strategies from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, “How to Relax.”

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Fibromyalgia News Today: XRHealth raises $7 million to expand virtual reality support groups, clinics

Note: If you’re unable to access the article above due to Fibromyalgia News Today’s paywall, you can read the company’s press release here.

From the article: “XRHealth has raised $7 million to expand its telehealth platform which uses virtual reality to offer support groups and medical consultations for people with chronic conditions, including fibromyalgia.”

And an extra…

Marijuana Moment: Marijuana seems to reduce opioid use among chronic pain patients, meta-study finds

From the article: “Analyzing nine published studies on the subject, a team of graduate students at the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health found that patients reported a 64-75% reduction in opioid dosage when used in combination with medical cannabis.”

May 1, 2020 fibromyalgia & Lyme news highlights: FDA approves Cymbalta for teens with fibromyalgia; the latest shenanigans from the federal Tick-Borne Diseases Working Group; why it’s important to calm your nervous system if you have fibromyalgia; study finds cannabis reduces opioid use among chronic pain patients and more! | Fed Up with Fatigue

Comments

  1. Camille Todor says

    I have had persistent Lyme disease for years I guess-I was not diagnosed until 3 years ago-but have had the disease for over 40 years. Took almost a years worth of antibiotics as well as the Lyme protocols that Dr. Horowitz and other Functional Drs. recommend-after all this-I still have symptoms and various medical issues. I am appalled that some of this TBD working group sought to not include my illness in their report. And again, I wonder why this is being hidden??? Do we also have a Lyme problem that may have been introduced by experiments at Ft. Detrick on insects?? There is a reason why some of the Medical community does not want to recognize Lyme persistence as a real issue-I assure you it is all of that!!! What do we have to do to get help from our Government???????????

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