Monday, December 9, 2019
finally-real-science-on-cannabis-for-fibromyalgia
By Ginevra Liptan, MD *Links may generate a commission for this site Many patients with fibromyalgia report benefit from cannabis (medical marijuana), but until recently we did not have the studies to really back that up. We now have some real science and in this article I will break down the new research that has…
myofascial-release-therapy-for-fibromyalgia
By Ginevra Liptan, MD *Links may generate a commission for this site Fibromyalgia pain stems from inflamed and stuck fascia, the connective tissue that runs like a three-dimensional web throughout the body. It surrounds and supports every cell, nerve, organ, muscle, and bone in your body. When it is restricted, it dehydrates and becomes like…
could-cbd-help-boost-energy-in-fibromyalgia
By Ginevra Liptan, MD *Links may generate a commission for this site Someday CBD (cannabidiol) may be given as first aid for stroke and brain injuries to lessen the brain damage caused by lack of blood flow. In fact, there is increasing evidence for CBD’s protective effects on brain and nerve cells exposed to damage…
read-this-before-you-try-kratom-for-pain
By Ginevra Liptan, MD        *Links may generate a commission for this site Partly due to lack of access to effective pain medications, many people with chronic pain and fibromyalgia turn to over-the-counter herbal treatments such as kratom. While this plant definitely has some pain-relieving potential, there are concerning safety and side effects that need to be…
frequently-asked-questions-about-cbd-part-2
By Ginevra Liptan, MD        *Links may generate a commission for this site  Since the launch of Frida Botanicals CBD products, I have received a lot of great questions about CBD. I answered some of them in this blog post, and answer more below. Should I smoke or vape CBD, use a CBD oil under my tongue, or take…
sex-and-fibromyalgia-part-2-can-the-love-hormone-help-libido-and-maybe-even-pain
By Ginevra Liptan, MD * Links may generate a commission for this site In part one of this series on sex and fibromyalgia, we dove into investigating and treating low libido. Now let’s discuss oxytocin, a brain chemical that modulates bonding and social behaviors. It is sometimes referred to as the “love hormone” because levels…
sex-and-fibromyalgia-part-1-low-libido
By Ginevra Liptan, MD * Links may generate a commission for this site Lack of desire for sex is a really common issue with fibromyalgia. Although it can be an awkward topic, lack of sexual intimacy can be a huge strain on relationships and quality of life, so it is important to find the specific…
choosing-the-right-kind-of-yoga-for-fibromyalgia
By Ginevra Liptan, MD Yoga can be “medicine” for fibromyalgia, with several studies showing benefit for pain and fatigue, but like any medicine it has to be the right type and right dosage. Yoga comes in many different styles, from very gentle and meditative to aggressively athletic. In this article I review the science—and my…
report-on-fibromyalgia-patients-experience-with-cbd
By Ginevra Liptan, MD You have probably noticed that CBD is being touted as a panacea for many illnesses, including fibromyalgia. According to a recent New York Times article about CBD, “It’s hot, everywhere and yet almost nobody understands it.” While CBD can certainly help with some fibromyalgia symptoms, it is not a cure-all and…
treating-adrenal-burnout-in-fibromyalgia
By Ginevra Liptan, MD* Links may generate a commission for this site Adrenal burnout is common in fibromyalgia and can really worsen fatigue and fog. Adrenal burnout (also referred to as adrenal fatigue) stems from overworked adrenal glands. The hyperactive stress response in fibromyalgia causes the adrenal glands to work hard—all the time. The continual…