From the article: “It often takes years to get a chronic disease diagnosis – sometimes an entire lifetime. Women especially have their symptoms dismissed as anxiety and depression and pain labeled psychosomatic or conversion disorder. They are told to lose weight or exercise, shifting the blame back to the patient. Doctors are taught ‘If you hear hoof beats think horses, not zebras.’ And if it isn’t something on the more common side, it basically doesn’t exist; nothing is wrong with you.”
Daniel Cameron, MD: Single dose prophylactic treatment of a tick bite only prevents a Lyme rash
From the article: “In a recent review entitled ‘Lyme Disease: Emergency Department Considerations,’ the authors recommend using a one-time, single dose of doxycycline for the prophylactic treatment of a tick bite, despite the fact that there has been only one study exploring the effectiveness of such a limited dosage. The article also neglects to mention that there are doctors who take a different approach and advise against a one-time, single dose.”
From the article: “In honour of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day (12 May), one talented illustrator, Mimi Butlin has created a series of powerful drawings in an effort to show what life is really like for someone living with the long-term condition that’s thought to affect up to one in 25 people.”
Lillian McDermott Radio Show: What do Lyme disease & COVID-19 have in common? (YouTube video, 73 minutes)
From the video description: “Lyme is considered ‘the great imitator’ because it can mimic symptoms such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, MS, depression, anxiety, OCD and psychosis. Dr. [Richard] Horowitz will share why Lyme disease continues to baffle the medical profession and what we can do to heal our own bodies.”
Fibromyalgia News Today: Compassion therapy a cost-effective wellness approach, study finds
Note: If you’re unable to access the article above because of Fibromyalgia News Today’s paywall, here’s a link to the actual study.
From the article: “Therapies based on compassion are more cost-effective and associated with a better quality of life than are those using relaxation techniques to help people with fibromyalgia, a study reported.”
And an extra…
Louise’s Little Life: Pacing, planning and precautionary rest
Do you frequently overdo it? If so, check out this step-by-step process for pacing your activities so you don’t trigger a flare of increased pain and fatigue.
Free fibromyalgia book…
In celebration of fibromyalgia awareness month, author Elaine Merryfield is giving away the Kindle version of her book, “Life Beyond Fibromyalgia: A Personal Guide for Moving Forward and Leaving Struggle Behind” from Friday, May 15, until midnight on Monday, May 18.
According to Elaine, “The book introduces a variety of simple mindful awareness practices to calm fibro’s overactive nervous system plus personal reflection questions and doable small steps to begin reclaiming your wholeness of mind, body and spirit. When we are challenged with a chronic physical pain/fatigue condition in the body it is all too easy for life to feel limited and small. The book contains many of the things I’ve learned during my 30-year journey living with fibro.”
An interview with Dr. Ginevra Liptan…
Fibro specialist and fellow fibro warrior Dr. Ginevra Liptan was interviewed by the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan earlier this week in celebration of International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Topics included Dr. Liptan’s personal experience of living with fibromyalgia, self-care during these extra stressful times, how to find the right doctor, CBD oil and more! Watch the replay on Facebook.
Essential oils summit…
The Best of the Essential Oils Revolution online summit is coming up on May 18-24. Find out more or register here.
The following topics will be covered during this free event:
- The science & efficacy of aromatherapy
- Practical uses and safety of essential oils for the whole family (pets too!)
- Aromatherapy for immune system support
- Easy, non-toxic DIY hand sanitizer & cleaning products
- Essential oils for the top 7 women’s health concerns
- Tips for regulating blood sugar & balancing hormones
- Pain, stress & sleep remedies
- Culinary uses for essential oils
- And more!