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HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE FIBROMYALGIA?

Editorials- Treating Fibromyalgia: Science vs. Art (DANIEL J. CLAUW, M.D.- Georgetown University Medical Center)Washington, D.C.

Treating Fibromyalgia

Improving Physical Functional Status in Patients with Fibromyalgia: A Brief Cognitive Behavioral Intervention

Local Portsmouth Doctor talks about Fibromyalgia and Water Therapy

IS FIBROMYALGIA HEREDITARY?

PATIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

FIBROMYALGIA (FMS) AND HYPERMOBILITY (HMS) (DAYNA'S SITE)

Fibromyalgia: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Treatment by Mark J. Pellegrino, M.D.

Efficacy of Low Power Laser Therapy in Fibromyalgia: A Single-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial

Musculoskeletal injury as a trigger for fibromyalgia/posttraumatic fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Study Draws Patient Interest (ImmuneSupport.com)

Low-Level Brain Stimulation Repeatedly Proven Effective for Fibromyalgia(ImmuneSupport.com)

Massage Helps Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Quiz (Take the simple quiz below to test your knowledge of fibromyalgia.)

Fibromyalgia(ukwellness.com)

Post-Traumatic Fibromyalgia: A New Paradigm ImmuneSupport.com (12-11-2002)

Fibromyalgia and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)ImmuneSupport.com(12-04-2002) By Flora Parsa Stay D.D.S.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Improving Treatment, Unraveling the Cause ImmuneSupport.com(07-19-2002)

FM Pain or Something Else? Evaluation and Treatment of Common Pain Syndromes of The Chest Wall, Flank, Abdomen, and Groin -ImmuneSupport.com(06-12-2002) By Bernard M. Abrams, M.D.

IV Lidocaine Promising in Fibromyalgia Treatment ImmuneSupport.com(05-17-2002)

Co-Infections in Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Other Chronic Illnesses ImmuneSupport.com(12-20-2002) By Prof. Garth L. Nicolson

Don't Shop Till You Drop December 4, 2002

Fibromyalgia: Beat the frustration, battle the pain By David MacFarlane(Well Journal)

Fluoxetine Effective In Women With Fibromyalgia (ImmuneSupport.com 06-26-2002)

Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia By Kent Holtorf, M.D. (ImmuneSupport.com 02-21-2003)

Growth Hormone Defect Connected to Fibromyalgia(ImmuneSupport.com 06-19-2002)

Research: Botulinum Toxin in Pain Management of Soft Tissue Syndromes Including Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain Syndrome (Smith HS, Audette J, Royal MA. ImmuneSupport.com 02-12-2003)

Pregabalin Improves Pain and Fatigue Symptoms in Patients With Fibromyalgia By Emma Hitt, Ph.D. (ImmuneSupport.com 02-10-2003)

Management of Fibromyalgia: What are the Best Treatment Choices? (ImmuneSupport.com 07-10-2002)

New Brain Study Finds Fibromyalgia Pain (ImmuneSupport.com 06-12-2002)

Final Results of Milnacipran Phase II Study in Fibromyalgia Syndrome (ImmuneSupport.com 02-19-2003)

Michael E. Rosenbaum, M.D., on Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia ImmuneSupport.com(03-14-2003)

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Resource

Treatment of Fibromyalgia in Detail By Robert Bennett, M.D., FRCP (www.myalgia.com)

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The History of Fibromyalgia (About.com)

Nutrition.About.com Fibromyalgia...

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Fibromyalgia Patients Have Longer 'Pain
Memories'

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters Health) Nov 1 - Fibromyalgia patients experience
more pain than other people because their bodies "remember" the pain longer,
according to Dr. Roland Staud, from the University of Florida, in Gainesville,
and colleagues.

"In normal patients, we cannot elicit pain with [minor] stimuli," Dr. Staud said.
But fibromyalgia patients retain the memory of pain very well. And they
"sum-up" the pain, "so each successive stimuli increases the sensation and it
lingers...much longer."

Dr. Staud and colleagues looked at 59 fibromyalgia patients and 65 matched
controls without fibromyalgia. The subjects' average age was 44 years and
most were female. The researchers applied intense heat to different parts of the
subjects' hands for 2- to 5-second intervals and studied their response. The
findings were presented here at the annual scientific meeting of the American
College of Rheumatology.

The researchers found that fibromyalgia patients had stronger responses to the
heat stimuli than control subjects, regardless of the interval between heat
applications. This suggests a problem with the central pain processing function
in fibromyalgia patients, according to Dr. Staud.

Fibromyalgia patients also felt pain in a more widespread area compared with
the controls, he added. This is probably related to genetic or individualized
mechanisms, and results in a greater sensation of pain.

Dr. Staud is hopeful that the study findings will make physicians take
fibromyalgia patients' complaints more seriously. "It's completely unclear to me
why other pain problems, such as chronic back pain, are accepted in the
medical community, while fibromyalgia is not," he said. "Now we are able to
provide evidence for central nervous system abnormalities in chronic pain
syndromes like fibromyalgia."





Fibrofog

What is Fibrofog?

It is a state of cognitive impairment which FMS patients suffer. Fibrofog sneaks up on FM patients before they are even aware of it.

During this state of utter confusion, it is not uncommon to be unable to coherently speak sentances, studder, or cognitively solve problems.
"our brain is tired and needs to take a rest!"

Fibrofog can last for hours, days, or even months at a time. Fibrofog is considered the most disruptive of all symptoms.

Fibrofog is thought to be caused by low blood flow to the brain, sleeplessness, or an approaching flare( periods of time when FMS sufferers experience more pain than usual.)

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