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I Told You I Was Sick: 10 strange-looking Amazon products that treat chronic pain
This is a fun list of unusual (to say the least) products that supposedly help with chronic pain. Whether they actually work or not, at least they’re entertaining!
Power Health Talk: Fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (YouTube video, 18 minutes)
In this video, Drs. Martin Rutherford and Randall Gates discuss the link between fibromyalgia and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune condition in which the body attacks the thyroid gland. These doctors treat a lot of fibromyalgia patients in their Reno, Nevada, practice, and say almost all of their fibromyalgia patients test positive for Hashimoto’s. This could be an underlying cause for some of our symptoms! Unfortunately, very few of our doctors ever test for Hashimoto’s. I’m planning to ask my physician for the tests!
(If you’d like to learn more about the connection between thyroid issues and fibro, you can check out my recent interview with Dr. David Brady. He says thyroid dysfunction is extremely common among those with fibro, and sometimes thyroid issues are even misdiagnosed as fibro. This topic is definitely worth researching and discussing with your physician.)
Columbia University: Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to imbalanced microbiome
This could be a potential breakthrough for ME/CFS!
Live to 110: Single infrared bulb heat lamp therapy
I purchased an infrared sauna a few months ago, and it’s amazing how well it helps to reduce my pain from fibro and Lyme, but I know not everyone has the money or space for a sauna. This article gives instructions for a low-cost alternative!
Lyme disease is frequently misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. Whenever I mention this to my fellow fibro warriors, invariably most of them will say, “My doctor tested me for Lyme, and it came back negative.” What many people don’t know is that the standard Lyme testing used by most doctor’s offices is only 50-60% accurate! So, just because you had a negative test result doesn’t mean you don’t have Lyme! If you think you might have been exposed to Lyme disease, read this for more information on how to get properly tested and evaluated.
The Microbiome Medicine Summit 2 starts on Monday – free and online! More and more research is connecting poor gut health with autoimmune and other chronic illnesses, including fibro and ME/CFS.
And a big thank you!
I’m so proud that FedUpwithFatigue.com made Healthline’s 2017 top fibro blogs list! I’m honored to make the list for the second year in a row. I’ve spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist, but without a doubt, serving the fibro community for the past two years has been the most rewarding work of my life. I love you guys! Gentle hugs to each and every one of you!