Louisa County Mom Raises Money Cure Lupus, Her Daughter’s Disease

Louisa County community members came together Sunday to support lupus research by playing bingo. And for a mother named Melissa Bibb, organizing this event was very personal. “My daughter does have lupus among several other conditions,” Melissa said. Melissa, who started her business promoting various retail vendors, says she was looking for ways to combine her work…

Lupus Overlap in Scleroderma Patients Does Not Seem to Affect Survival, Study Shows

Patients with both scleroderma and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are younger at diagnosis, are more often women, and have less skin manifestations, but most importantly, show similar survival rates as those without lupus, according to a study. The study, “Epidemiology and Survival of Systemic Sclerosis-Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Overlap Syndrome,” was published in The Journal of Rheumatology. Approximately 20 percent of…

Thymus May Play Key Role in Myasthenia Gravis and Lupus Overlap, Case Series Suggests

The thymus may play a central role in the regulation of autoimmunity that drives the coexistence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and myasthenia gravis(MG), as well as in treatment response of patients with both disorders, a case series suggests. This finding resulted from an analysis of four cases of MG patients who also met the criteria for an…

Corticosteroid Use Linked to Risk for Osteonecrosis in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Corticosteroid use among patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) may be a strong risk factor for the development of osteonecrosis (ON), according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis published in The Journal of Rheumatology. The investigators included a total of 50 studies in their final analysis. Of the studies selected, most (46 of 50) were…

Lyrica a Better Choice Than Opioids for Harnessing Fibromyalgia Pain and its Consequences

BY JULIA NELSON · Lyrica (pregabalin), when used on its own for fibromyalgia, is superior to opioids in reducing pain and improving pain interference in daily life, finds a study sponsored by Pfizer. The analysis, which included 1,421 fibromyalgia patients, showed that those using Lyrica doses recommended for fibromyalgia treatment had the best outcomes, suggesting that many patients…

How to Manage Fibro in the Cold

BY JULIA NELSON · Dealing With Fibromyalgia and Cold I am a baseball mom, soccer mom, Cub Scout mom — I wear a myriad of hats to keep my family going. I am also, unfortunately, a fibro mom, which means I must accomplish all that is required of me while dealing with a varying degree of pain….

New Research Says Physical Pain Is Directly Connected To Emotional Stress And Trauma

New studies have found that the source of your chronic pain may very well be caused by stress and emotional trauma and not a physical injury. Chronic pain is characterized by physical pain that lasts longer than the natural healing process would normally take. People who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder are at highest risk. You’re probably…

26 ‘Hacks’ That Can Make Life With Fibromyalgia Easier

There’s no doubt that living with fibromyalgia can be incredibly painful and frustrating. Between the chronic pain, fatigue, “fibro fog” and mood swings, the illness has a way of affecting just about every aspect of a person’s life. It can be exhausting – physically and emotionally – to cope with all the symptoms on a…

20 Photos That Show What Fibromyalgia Really Looks Like

Fibromyalgia is typically thought of as an “invisible” illness. But what if you look closer? What’s going on behind the brave face, the body that to others appears “fine?” Often, it’s days spent on the couch, feeling too nauseated to eat, excruciating nerve pain, and pushing through it all while few people see your struggle — that’s…