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H1N1 and Seasonal Flu Vaccines Combined - Should You Get One?

As flu season once again approaches, the question of whether or not fibromyalgia and ME/CFS patients should get a flu shot is again being asked. Only this time there is a new twist. This year the regular seasonal flu vaccine has been combined with th...

Fatigue of Fibromyalgia More Severe Than Normal Tiredness

A study of fatigue in fibromyalgia, published last week in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, found that fatigue is not only an important symptom of fibromyalgia, but that the fatigue experienced by people with FM is more severe, constant/per...

September: National Pain Awareness Month

September is designated as National Pain Awareness Month - part of the Decade of Pain Research and Treatment established by Congress, which took effect in January 2001. The purpose of Pain Awareness Month is to bring attention to the very real physic...

St. John's Wort Reduces Oxycodone Effectiveness

It’s not unusual for people living with chronic pain to also be dealing with some depression and/or anxiety. But if you’re taking an opioid like oxycodone for the pain and also taking an herbal supplement containing St. John’s Wort, you may unknowing...

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Tips for Traveling Traveling With Medication

Traveling when you have a chronic pain condition can be challenging. One of the issues you’ll have to contend with if you are flying and/or traveling to another country is how to transport your medications. Since the rules vary depending upon whether ...

New Fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria Proposed

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) published a new set of diagnostic criteria they are proposing for fibromyalgia in the May issue of the ACR journal Arthritis Care & Research. The new criteria includes common symptoms such as fatigue, sl...

Goodnighties Recovery Sleepwear: A Product Review

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors in treating fibromyalgia, but it is also one of the most difficult to accomplish. So when I saw a press release for Goodnighties ®, a new sleepwear for women that claimed to help impro...

Men with Fibromyalgia

Men are often overlooked in discussions about fibromyalgia because it seems to affect significantly more women than men. A friend of mine may have best summed up how men feel about this when, upon learning that he had fibromyalgia said, "Leave i...

Fibromyalgia AWARE Magazine Available Online

The National Fibromyalgia Association’s magazine, Fibromyalgia AWARE, is now available online - and it’s free The NFA began publishing the magazine in 2002 and it remains the only consumer magazine devoted to fibromyalgia on the market. Fibromyalgia ...

Study: Combining Lyrica and Savella Could Significantly Reduce Fibromyalgia Pain

A new study, presented at the 29th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society in Baltimore earlier this month, gave doctors one more treatment option to consider for fibromyalgia patients. The study found that FM patients who did not have ...