Friday 5: Nov. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news

Nov. 17, 2017 fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and Lyme news | Fed Up with Fatigue


Fibromyalgia News Today: Simple 1-minute clinical tests may ease fibromyalgia diagnosis, study suggests

I don’t even know what to say about this. Are they serious? SMH


Pain News Network: DEA cutting prescription opioid supply in 2018

More bad news for opioid users. From the article: “The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is going ahead with plans to reduce the supply of many opioid painkillers by 20 percent next year. That’s in addition to steep cuts in opioid production quotas the agency imposed in 2017.” 

These 16 senators played a role in the DEA’s decision. 


Daily Mail: People with chronic fatigue syndrome ARE exhausted, claim researchers – sufferers have ‘less energy in their cells’

From the article: “Blood cells in chronic fatigue syndrome patients are drained of energy, researchers have discovered.”


New York Times: Ending medical tax break could be a ‘gut punch’ to the middle class

Potentially bad news for those who deduct medical expenses on their taxes. 


LymeDisease.org: Lyme patients file lawsuit against IDSA and insurers over treatment denials

From the article: “Twenty-eight people claim in a federal antitrust lawsuit that Lyme disease victims are being forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for treatment because health insurers are denying coverage with bogus guidelines established by their paid consultants, who falsely say the disease can always be cured with a month of antibiotics.”

And an extra…

Pain News Network: FDA issues new kratom warning

From the article: “The Food and Drug Administration has issued a public health advisory about kratom, an herbal supplement used by millions of Americans to self-treat pain, anxiety, depression and addiction. In a lengthy statement, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said the agency has ‘significant concerns’ about the increasing use of kratom and its potential health risks – especially when it is used to treat opioid addiction.”

Free webinars…

Fibromyalgia News Today: Susan Ingebretson to host free webinar on managing fibromyalgia symptoms

Coming up on Nov. 29!

The Sacred Plant: Healing secrets revealed

This free seven-part series will cover the basics of using cannabis as medicine. The series started yesterday (Nov. 16), so depending on when you sign up, you will miss a day or two, but there will be a full replay of all episodes over Thanksgiving weekend. 

This week on FedUpwithFatigue.com…

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  1. I am so discouraged regarding the news on kratom. I use it at night for neuropathy pain which can be very severe with little or no sleep without this natural pain reliever. It calms my body’s nervous system & helps me to feel fully relaxed (no “high” feeling at all). The government, through the FDA & DEA, is doing more harm than can be imagined at trying to ban this natural plant. We will see where this all goes, but big pharma & some US senators are bound to get their way. I know the American Kratom Association is working to try & stop this ban.
    It is getting harder & harder for those of us who experience daily pain to find a path to a somewhat normal life. I’m thinking…will cbd oil be targeted next? I think I’m done with my rant! (smile)
    Also, thank you Donna for all the hard work you do to keep us informed…in my opinion…the best fibro,
    lyme, etc. blog out here.

    • Donna Gregory/FedUpwithFatigue.com says

      They’ve already targeted CBD. DEA put out a notice last year saying all CBD is illegal, even the hemp CBD oil sold online. The hemp association is fighting it. I know this sounds like I’m a conspiracy nut, but I seriously think the government/big pharma/insurance companies etc. are working together to make life as hard as possible for chronic pain sufferers. Thank you for your kind words about my blog!

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