ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia Around the Web

Thyroid disease may create a life of ups and downs

Danielle Gayden of Oakland had to stick her face in front of a fan for almost an hour to cool down. Second to her intolerance for heat was the anxiety, which caused her heart to beat 200 times a minute and sent her to the emergency room a dozen times in six months. Gayden, then 28 and newly married, had little to feel anxious about. Still, doctors prescribed anxiety medication for what she described as an overwhelming sense of terror.

LA Daily News

Client calls on Comfort Keepers services twice in ten years

Ten years ago Terry Hodges moved to Lubbock from Red River, N.M. due to bad health. “I became physically ill and could barely walk,” she explains. Her brother, a Lubbock resident, suggested that she move closer to family. Terry agreed and has been a Lubbock resident ever since. With her physical limitations, the family realized that she needed additional help while at home. Luckily, they found Comfort Keepers, a non-medical in-home care provider, through the recommendation from a local care management facility.

Lubbock Online

Village In the City

It really does take a village. That saying, can seem cliche, but I can tell you from experience that it’s true. I suffer from chronic pain. It used to be a result of Fibromyalgia, but that went into remission during pregnancy. Since then, it seems I’ve been able to control it with diet and medication.

Silicon Valley Moms Blog

Community Champions nominee Peter is “rock” to wife Janet

A HUSBAND who has cared for his disabled wife for the past 27 years has been described as “a rock” and a “wonderful guy”.  Peter Warner has been cooking, cleaning and ironing for wife Janet since she was struck down with myalgic encephalopathy, or ME.  Janet developed symptoms in 1983, but was not diagnosed with the illness, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome, until three years later.  She needed major surgery and was forced to give up her job as an electronics operator, as she struggled to walk and leave the house. She said she could not have coped without Peter, 70, whom she has nominated for a Derby Telegraph Community Champions award.

This Is Derbyshire

Theda’s desperate fight against a chronic killer

Theda Myint had the world at her feet.  Bright, beautiful and vivacious, the budding investigative journalist was weeks away from starting her dream career.  Now, 10 years later, she is fighting for her life.   She is unable to move beyond the confines of her home – and usually not beyond her bedroom, unable to speak for more than a few seconds before getting tired out, unable to tolerate lights or sounds, unable to remember what happened a few minutes previously, unable to live anything like a “normal” life.

Sydney Morning Herald

Aussie eBook Sellers Netted by Washington Attorney General

It’s a g’day at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office, where attorneys reached a settlement with a pair of Aussies who used sexy stories to sell bogus health cures over the Internet.  “The Internet has become a planet-wide hunting ground for fraudsters who lurk just below the surface like crocs in a river,” Attorney General Rob McKenna said. “But this case proves that whether they’re on the prowl in Seattle or Sydney, they’re still within justice’s reach.”

Consumer Affairs

Book Review:  Yoga for Fibromyalgia

I was fortunate to have a great instructor introduce me to a gentle and restorative type of yoga. She also suffers from Fibromyalgia, and through yoga has learned to find balance, energy, and productivity in her life again. Her transformation with yoga was so encouraging she eventually became a certified instructor and began paying her good fortune forward to eager students like myself.

Fibro Haven

Medications to Help with Fibromyalgia

Here in the UAE it is hard to find the right meds to help you deal with the different things that Fibromyalgia brings, and the meds you do find here, are most likely not covered by insurance. Let’s be real, even in most countries it is hard to find the meds you need, because we have no real clue to what Fibromyalgia is. What the doctors do know is that there are some meds that do help some people. What are those meds, well they are like Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella that has been approved as a Fibromyaglia drugs. Lyrica, was first approved as an anti-seizure medication, before it was the first medication approved to treat Fibromyaglia.

My Fibro Blog

Fibro Flames In My Veins

All my energy and concentration has been focused on Fibro World in the last several weeks.  And I’ve been loving it!  Fibro World is the sole creative and challenging project I’ve been able to work on in the past few years (aside from playing the Game of Life with Fibro Mom, of course) but alas, it seems I’ve gone overboard.  Although I have been using a voice recognition software program, I’ve overused my hands and arms and triggered a serious fibro flare up.

Fibro World

Bananas for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

While there’s no perfect diet for everyone with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nutrients can help with our symptoms. We talk a lot here about supplements, which are a great way to make sure you’re getting consistent daily amounts, but it’s also important to make sure you’re eating the right foods. I’m starting a Food of the Week series to look at the nutritional value of different foods and see how beneficial they might be.  FM & CF

Allergy Season With Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The grass is turning green, my forsythia’s about to bloom, spring is in the air — along with ever increasing amounts of pollen. A big percentage of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome have allergies, which can make this time of year especially hard. As you’ve probably learned, even mild hay fever can make your other symptoms worse. FM & CF

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