Archive for the ‘From the news’ Category

I’m alive! How about you?

It’s been an insane­ly long time since I gave this site its due. I sup­pose the real prob­lem with blog­ging about health prob­lems is that the peo­ple who know them best, by def­i­n­i­tion, have health prob­lems. I’d love to find some­one with whom to co-write this thing, so we could cov­er for each oth­er! Any­way, […]

August 13, 2009 · cyn · One Comment
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Why Can’t We Think Well When We’re Sick?

This isn’t specif­i­cal­ly about CFS/ME or FMS, but I found it inter­est­ing, and I think it makes sense. Why Men­tal Lethar­gy When Sick Dur­ing an infec­tion, humans typ­i­cal­ly expe­ri­ence a set of phys­i­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal symp­toms, includ­ing fever, con­fu­sion, decreased moti­va­tion, depres­sion and anx­i­ety that are accom­pa­nied by a slow­ing of move­ments. These changes, col­lec­tive­ly […]

June 12, 2008 · cyn · One Comment
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Interview: Chronic Pain and Sex

The inter­view we did is up! Chron­ic Pain and Sex: a Couple’s Gen­tle Bat­tle With Fibromyal­gia I’m pleased with it. There are very few, most­ly imma­te­r­i­al inac­cu­ra­cies.

May 14, 2008 · cyn · No Comments
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FMS and CFS/ME?">Cortisol and FMS and CFS/ME?

There’s been a lot of buzz over the past week about a study pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Chron­ic Fatigue Syn­drome that sug­gests treat­ing fibromyal­gia and ME/CFS with cor­ti­sol (a steroid), based on the fact that most patients have low cor­ti­sol lev­els. I do not have access to that pub­li­ca­tion, but would like to point […]

March 22, 2008 · cyn · 5 Comments
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Pain cures for women; Migraines from low-energy light bulbs

I’ve had these two sto­ries book­marked to post here for a bit, so it seems past time for me to actu­al­ly do it. The best new pain cures, with a focus on women Many women have a tough time find­ing the right kind of relief for their pain –and for good rea­son: Until recent­ly, experts […]

January 9, 2008 · cyn · 2 Comments
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7,000 deaths a year due to bad handwriting? Save yours!

Well, Time Mag­a­zine reports that the Nation­al Acad­e­mies of Science’s Insti­tute of Med­i­cine says that’s the fig­ure, any­way. Doc­tors’ slop­py hand­writ­ing kills more than 7,000 peo­ple annu­al­ly. It’s a shock­ing sta­tis­tic, and, accord­ing to a July 2006 report from the Nation­al Acad­e­mies of Science’s Insti­tute of Med­i­cine (IOM), pre­ventable med­ica­tion mis­takes also injure more than […]

January 19, 2007 · cyn · 11 Comments
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Researchers say pain from fibromyalgia is real

Not that it’s news to those of us who have it, but it’s good to be val­i­dat­ed! Fibromyal­gia often has been mis­di­ag­nosed as arthri­tis or even a psy­cho­log­i­cal issue. Increas­ing­ly, though, the sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge about fibromyal­gia is grow­ing, and a new paper from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem says there are “over­whelm­ing data” that […]

December 1, 2006 · cyn · 11 Comments
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Stress during pregnancy may lead to increased risk of fibromyalgia for baby girls

From a Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh School of Med­i­cine Press Release about find­ings being pre­sent­ed at the Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress of Neu­roen­docrinol­o­gy June 19–22, 2006: Stress­ful or trau­mat­ic events expe­ri­enced dur­ing preg­nan­cy can have long-last­ing effects on the fetus, yet these effects may not become appar­ent until many years lat­er, accord­ing to a study sug­gest­ing that girls […]

June 29, 2006 · cyn · No Comments
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Music ‘can reduce chronic pain’

From BBC News via the Net-Gold list: Research has con­firmed lis­ten­ing to music can have a sig­nif­i­cant pos­i­tive impact on per­cep­tion of chron­ic pain. US researchers test­ed the effect of music on 60 patients who had endured years of chron­ic pain. Those who lis­tened to music report­ed a cut in pain lev­els of up to […]

June 6, 2006 · cyn · No Comments
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Dyspareunia — painful sex

Dys­pare­u­nia is one of the com­mon symp­toms of fibromyal­gia, or as a co-exist­ing prob­lem. I don’t usu­al­ly look at Wired for this kind of thing, but the arti­cle When Sex Is a Pain has some good ideas for deal­ing with dys­pare­u­nia.

May 26, 2006 · cyn · No Comments
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