From the article: “The lawsuit alleges that CVS pharmacists refused to fill her opioid prescriptions nearly 30 times because the daily doses exceeded 90 morphine milligram equivalents (MME), a threshold considered risky under the 2016 CDC opioid guideline. Although the guideline is voluntary, many healthcare providers have adopted it as a mandatory policy.”
From the article: “In a new study published Tuesday in the journal Frontiers in Pain Research, researchers in California have discovered three different types of brain patterns that may explain why some people are more prone or less prone to chronic pain that’s associated with trauma.”
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From the article: “For years, all of those therapeutics have been of the pharmacological variety, with three drugs approved by the FDA since 2007. Now, however, patients will have a drug-free alternative to treat their fibromyalgia, as the agency issued a de novo clearance for a wearable neuromodulation system from NeuroMetrix designed to ease chronic pain.”
Note: Many of you know that I’m a BIG fan of the Quell pain relief device. It was one of the only treatments that lessened my chronic pain when my fibromyalgia/chronic Lyme symptoms were at their worst.
Caveat: Everyone is different. Quell worked for ME. It may not work for you!
Quell has been sold online for years, but it may soon require a prescription. If you’ve been on the fence about trying Quell, it may be a good time to finally purchase it before it requires a visit to the doctor.
Amazon sells the original Quell and the 2.0 version. Both versions work the same, but the 2.0 version is smaller and requires the Quell app to operate. The original one is a little larger, but you can operate it manually by tapping on the device or using the app. Personally, I like the original version the best because I don’t want to have to grab my phone whenever I want to adjust the intensity.
HempGazette.com: Bod Reports Positive Results From Medical Cannabis Study
From the article: “Participants were administered 50mg/ml orally, twice daily. They were then asked to rate improvement in symptoms on a scale of one to ten. 74% of trial participants reported a noticeable improvement within two to four weeks of commencing MediCabilis CBG 50. When asked to rate the improvement, 64% reported a rating above six.”
TimesOfMalta.com: Learning to see invisible illnesses, using comics
From the article: “The ME, CFS and Fibromyalgia Alliance Malta has released a series of comics depicting the realities of living with invisible illnesses and how finding help to deal with the condition can sometimes be insurmountable.”
And an extra…
From the article: “If you live with chronic illness, then you’re likely no stranger to the variety of dietary changes and eating plans suggested by health care professionals, loved ones, and strangers alike. Doctors, family, and friends are quick to proclaim the success you will have and how much better you will feel if only you try this one thing. I once even had a complete stranger email me after seeing an article I’d written, suggesting I try eating nothing but sweet potatoes and romaine lettuce, and claiming he’d healed himself doing so.”
Free mindfulness eBook…
The Kindle version of “Mindfulness: The Most Effective Techniques | Connect With Your Inner Self To Reach Your Goals Easily and Peacefully” is free today (May 27) on Amazon (U.S.).
Several studies have confirmed that mindfulness meditation is helpful at reducing fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms including this one:
Warrior of the Week…
The Warrior of the Week is Jess Baah, a Londoner who is diagnosed with fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.
Product of the Week…
The Product of the Week isn’t technically for fibromyalgia, but I know many of you are going to find this recommendation helpful anyway. Why? Because if you’ve got fibromyalgia, then you’re likely struggling to find comfortable pants that don’t cut into your tummy, ride up, have skin-irritating seams, are made from a stiff/scratchy fabric, aren’t too tight, etc.
This week’s product is my favorite leggings from Amazon. These are buttery soft, stretchy and super comfortable. I like these just as much as my more expensive LuLaRoe leggings but they cost much less!
I live in these leggings! I’ve bought two sets over the past year, and I’m thinking seriously about buying a third because I love them that much!
(Note: I’ve only worn the full-length leggings without pockets. I’ve never tried the capris or the full-length ones with pockets, so I can’t comment on those.)
These leggings wash well. I believe the care label says to hang dry but I’ve put mine in the dryer on medium heat and haven’t detected any noticeable shrinkage.
They’re awesome for the price!
Encore Weekend of the Fibro Summit…
Encore Weekend for this year’s Fibro Summit is May 28-29. During these two days, you’ll have access to all of the summit’s interviews for free.
As in previous years, HealthMeans is offering several registration gifts. I’ve listed all of them below. Just click on the link for the gift that you’d like to receive, and that will take you to a registration page.
You’ll have free access to all of the interviews during Encore Weekend, but if you’d like to watch at your leisure, you can purchase the summit starting at $69.