From the article: “In a bipartisan effort to improve research, prevention, diagnostics and treatment for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, U.S. Senators Susan Collins, of Maine, and Tina Smith, of Minnesota, today introduced the Ticks: Identify, Control, and Knockout (TICK) Act.”
Fibromyalgia News Today: Altered reflexes in spinal cord may contribute to fibromyalgia pain, study finds
From the article: “Spinal cord reflexes were more sensitive to pain in fibromyalgia patients than in those who didn’t have fibromyalgia, even though this response was not correlated with pain duration or tender points.”
Richard Semelka: What to do if your doctor wants you to get a GBCA-enhanced MRI
MRIs using gadolinium contrast are being linked to fibromyalgia and other illnesses. Here are tips on what to do if your doctor recommends getting one!
This study gives a clue into why some fibromyalgia patients respond favorably to certain antidepressants.
Lori Geurin: 21 simple strategies to fight Lyme disease naturally
While this article was written with Lymies in mind, the advice here is applicable to anyone with fibromyalgia and similar chronic illnesses. I’ve incorporated many of these strategies into my own treatment protocol over the years, and can say without a doubt that, when combined, they make a big difference in my overall health and well-being.
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Psychology Today: The scientific relationship between menopause and pain
From the article: “Pain intensity tends to increase when estrogen levels are low and progesterone levels are high, as they tend to be during the second half of the menstrual cycle, possibly because there are more naturally occurring ‘feel good’ chemicals in the brain when estrogen levels are high.”
Fatigue Super Conference
The Fatigue Super Conference is coming up on June 10-17, online and free. Register here.
Mindfulness for the Chronic Life
My friend and fellow fibro thriver Melissa Reynolds from Melissa vs. Fibromyalgia is offering her “Mindfulness for the Chronic Life” course starting June 1. Sign up by today (May 31), and you’ll receive a free coaching session with Melissa as a bonus!