This week’s headlines (week of July 13, 2015)


Top stories…

If you take NSAIDS (Advil/ibuprofen, Aleve/naproxen, Celebrex, etc.) for pain management, then you should probably read the latest warning from the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

This story and video from Palo Alto Online has received quite a few shares on social media over the past week. It details the devastation of ME/CFS at its most severe. Very, very well done…

Health Rising explores how your childhood might have predisposed you to developing fibro or ME/CFS.

Research news…

Women with fibro don’t get enough exercise, according to a new Spanish study.

Mega injections of vitamin D have been found to significantly decrease pain and fatigue in fibro patients, according to the results of a new study presented during the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology.

How long does it take for Lyrica to work in fibro patients (if it’s going to)? This study from Pfizer answers that question.

Could a horse tranquilizer and recreational drug relieve fibro pain? Blogger Cort Johnson tackles the “Ketamine Question in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.”


Dr. Terry Mitchell, a leading ME/CFS specialist in the UK, passed away earlier this month after a long battle with debilitating illness.

Wanted: Success stories…

I’d like to share the stories of people with fibro and/or ME/CFS who feel they are successfully managing their condition. (“Successfully managing” doesn’t mean “cured” – it means you have more good days than bad days, and you’re actively taking steps to achieve that.) If you’re interested in sharing your story, please email me at donna@fedupwithfatigue.com or leave a comment on this post.

Helpful links…

Tired of listening to the naysayers who claim nothing helps fibro or ME/CFS? Fellow blogger Julie Ryan from Counting My Spoons gives some great advice in her recent post, “Handling negative people.”

The National Fibromyalgia Association’s website now includes Lifescript, a search engine to help those with fibro find local medical providers, such as rheumatologists, neurologists, pain management specialists, chiropractors and others. I tried it out and found there was a nice list of doctors in my state, but otherwise the info was pretty bare. Even so, the search engine could be a good starting point to at least help you compile a list of possible providers in your area.

My slow cooker is one of my favorite tools to help manage fibro. The ability to throw a few ingredients in the slow cooker, and then eat dinner hours later when I’m pretty much done for the day is a lifesaver. That’s why when I saw this link for “33 three ingredient slow cooker recipes,” I knew I had to share it with you. (Note: I doubt many of these are “clean” recipes, so they may not work for people with special dietary restrictions. I’m in the process of researching some clean slow cooker recipes for a future issue.) In case you missed it, a few weeks ago I also shared three of my favorite slow cooker recipes here.


Just for fun…

Here’s proof that women can be anything they want to be: “9 Female Pirates You Should Know”

Did you love coloring as a child? Crayolas aren’t just for kids! Check out this link to the best sites for adult coloring pages.

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  1. HI DOnna, I have resolved my fibro almost completely where I rarely even have one bad day. My new book is now out called fibrosuccess- fibromyalgia explained, managed and eliminated. it even explains how fibro occurs which no doctor can explain or drug company, my book is holistic and a mind, body , spirit approach treating the body as ONE. check it out, i have not done enough marketing to get word out but i am already helping many,
    Jemma Jacksen RCT CCT BSc

    • my website is fibrosuccess.com

      • Hi Jemma,
        I’ll be sure to take a look at your website. Looking forward to reading about your experience with fibromyalgia.

      • Hi Jemma,
        I took a look at your site and am interested in possibly having you share your recovery story w/ my readers. Would you be up for an interview (via email)?

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