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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 …

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Soy Products: The Evil ‘Health Food’

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What You Really Need to Know About All Soy Products Tofu,  soya flour, soya protein isolate (found in a lot of protein shakes), soy milk… there is a long list of soy products – none of them are healthy for us.  Many of us think that having that tofu burger instead of chicken is the healthier alternative.  The issue is …

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Top Tips for Improved Mental Health: Fibromyalgia & CFS/ME

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Following on from my article about fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and depression/anxiety, I thought I would put together my top tips that have helped my mental health, hugely. If your doctor isn’t listening – change doctors if you can.  If you can’t, here are 5 tips to get your doctor to listen to you. Keep a journal and track your every day …

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Fibromyalgia, CFS/ME: Why We’re Really Depressed & Anxious

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We are all too aware that fibromyalgia, CFS/ME and depression/anxiety/panic attacks go hand in hand. But the question for me is, why?  Well, here are my answers… We Are Warriors! For many of us getting a diagnosis alone is an uphill battle.  With an average time of 5 years (yes, years!) for a diagnosis we have been through the mill …

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Magnesium Deficiency: Pain, Headache/Migraines, IBS & Much More!

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According to USDA guidelines, it is believed that up to 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium.  When you read through the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, many of them ring true in regards to fibromyalgia and CFS/ME/SEID symptoms…Magnesium deficiency causes many issues from muscle pain to migraines and headaches, IBS, heart palpitations and much more! So, I have to ask, …

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Helping Ourselves With Chronic Pain

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Hi everyone!  Today I thought I would chat about chronic pain and how we actually can help ourselves – possibly more than many people actually realize. Hitting Rock Bottom For many of us who have western medical care available, we tend to rely on the opinion of our medical professionals, without even considering that there may be alternatives out there …