23 ‘Red Flags’ That Might Mean a Fibromyalgia Flare-Up Is Coming


By Paige Wyant, A fibromyalgia flare-up may consist of widespread pain, extreme fatigue or difficulty with memory and concentration, commonly known as “fibro fog.” But many with fibro may notice other “red flags” that often appear in the hours or days leading up to a full-on flare. Sometimes a flare can be triggered by your external environment, such as a change […]

ALERT: Nationwide Listeria Outbreak Affects Vegetables From Walmart, Safeway, Trader Joe’s, and MORE! Here’s the Complete List

General Health

ALERT – PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT THIS IS A HEALTH HAZARD SITUATION WHERE THERE IS A REASONABLE PROBABILITY THAT THE USE OF THIS PRODUCT CAN CAUSE ADVERSE HEALTH CONSEQUENCES. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. Mann Packing, one of the largest vegetable packaging companies in the United States, has just issued a recall of their vegetable products, as well […]

Is Your Fibromyalgia Causing Muscle Spasms?


When Your Muscles Won’t Relax By Adrienne Dellwo | Reviewed by Grant Hughes, MD,   Do you sometimes have muscles that tighten up and won’t relax no matter what you do? That’s called a muscle spasm, and a lot of people with fibromyalgia have this problem. In fact, some researchers consider it a major source of our pain.   Spasms are different […]

A Promising New Drug Kills Pain Like Morphine—And It’s Not Addictive, Either

Chronic Pain Fibromyalgia

By Jordan E. Rosenfeld, Throw around the word “opioid”—a morphine-derived painkiller like heroin, Vicodin, or Oxycontin—and “epidemic” is likely to follow. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that U.S. deaths from opioid abuse are at a record high, with 78 fatalities occurring every day, a number that has quadrupled since 1999. A 2016 Kaiser Health survey found that nearly half of respondents reported knowing someone with an addiction to heroin, […]

Tramadol: The most dangerous drug in the world

Chronic Pain Fibromyalgia

Imagine a prescription medication that relieves pain just as well as narcotics like Oxycontin, but isn’t addictive. Too good to be true? Turns out, yes.   For years, that was the case with Tramadol, a synthetic opioid drug that was released in 1995 under the brand name Ultram to great expectations. This new drug seemed to offer […]

The Sad Cases of Pain Patients Getting Their Doses Cut and Taking Their Own Lives

Chronic Pain

“This would not have happened if they’d just left him alone.” By Maia Szalavitz,   Before he broke his back in a 1980s accident that ultimately triggered years of chronic pain, Jay Lawrence had to make a split-second decision. He was on a bridge with a car in front of him and the brakes on his […]

Hypothyroidism and Fibromyalgia. What’s the Connection?


By Mary Shomon | Reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD, It’s significant that a significant number of the estimated 27 million people with hypothyroidism end up also being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Both conditions share many similar symptoms, including fatigue, exhaustion, depression, brain fog, and varying degrees of muscle and joint pain.   Some experts theorize that that like most cases of hypothyroidism […]

5 Shocking Risk Factors Of Fibromyalgia


As you would probably know, fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome; chronic meaning that the syndrome is long-lasting, normally a lifelong illness. Fibromyalgia does not do damage to joints or cause inflammation, although it is considered an arthritis related condition. In fact, Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition for it causes pain in soft tissue and joints. […]