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Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: Pain and the Nightshade Connection

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We all know that eating healthier is important, whether we have fibromyalgia, CFS/ME or not.  Eating fresh fruits and vegetables is imperative to having better health.  But what if some of the stuff we are eating is actually increasing our pain and we didn’t know it?  Nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant/aubergine, peppers and more) have been widely linked with increasing …

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Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: The Pathogen Connection

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A few months ago I started investigating ‘outside of the box’ in regards to what is making me (and everyone else with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME) unwell.  I was never ‘comfortable’ with the fact that there are over 200+ co-existing conditions and symptoms that come part in parcel with these illnesses and felt that there had to be root causes that were …

My Pathogen Profile

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I thought I would share here the pathogens that were detected in my initial consultation with Tamsin, my pathogenecist to give you an idea of what was found.  Although everyone is different, it seems that many of us with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME definitely have pathogens such as fungus (brain fog, memory issues, confusion), meningitis (headaches and migraines, on top of many …

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LDN: A Top Treatment For Fibromyalgia

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Have you heard about LDN?  If not, if you have fibromyalgia (or in fact 174 different auto immune conditions) Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) is a medication definitely well worth investigating further, as it is proving to be one of the top treatments out there. What is LDN? LDN is the short form for Low Dose Naltrexone. Naltrexone has been approved by …

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Fibromyalgia ME/CFS Symptoms: Brain Fog

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Firstly, I want to tell you that my husband is amazing in every way.  Patient, kind, giving, compassionate and a good masseuse, to boot. But today when my brain fog hit new depths he was frustrated with me. I was frustrated with me. Those of us with chronic pain, fibromyalgia and ME/CFS know brain fog all too well… I Don’t …

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Having Seizures or Blackouts? The Tramadol Connection

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Did you know that seizures/blackouts can be one of the major side effects of taking Tramadol (Ryzolt/Ultram)?  And when we are diagnosed with fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and seizures/blackouts seem to be ‘accepted’ as just part of our illness, many of our doctors do not realize that it may be our medication causing this issue.  It can also cause Seratonin Syndrome when …

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Fibromyalgia + Menopause = Double Whammy of Hell

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Although fibromyalgia can be present in children and men, it is estimated that up to 90% of it’s casualties are women. And the average age from onset to diagnosis (a whopping 5-8yrs) is 45 years old. The average age of menopause is 51 yrs old.  So basically, there’s no denying it, we are in the thick of it when it …

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Fibromyalgia & Medical Marijuana: What You Need to Know

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Hi everyone! Well, unless you are living under a stone with no access to any media, you have probably noticed that a HUGE and much needed change of events and indeed laws for the use of medical marijuana (cannabis) is sweeping across several nations. I thought I would take the opportunity to discuss this incredible plant and what you need …

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Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: Please Don’t Judge Us

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A few weeks ago I was speaking with the  husband of a good friend who has CFS and fibromyalgia. We we were chatting about my decision to go off all my medications – from anti-depressants to pain relief.  And he said to me, ‘I wish you would talk to Jane about going off her meds, I hate that she’s on …