Fibromyalgia

Ritalin (Methylphenidate) For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  From Health Rising.   Ritalin Is… a central nervous system stimulant. Created in 1954, Ritalin has been in use for over sixty years. (Check out a History of Ritalin here). It was first FDA approved in 1955 to treat ‘hyperactivity’ and later was approved to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin increases extracellular levels […]

Is Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Actually Small Fiber Polyneuropathy ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) produce so many symptoms that diagnosing them can be difficult for uninformed doctors. While we know that small fiber polyneuropathy (SFPN) (or small fiber neuropathy (SFN) commonly occurs in both these diseases, what I didn’t realize until I read the […]

Feeling Alone With ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia Or POTS ? Why Finding A Connection Matters – A Tribute To A Leader Of The Community

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  By Michael Cuthbert in ProHealth.   It was about 4 years into severe illness, when pain had become more than just an issue during flare ups – it had become a daily occurrence. What was causing all these symptoms? Just when I had found a way to adjust to a new normal, a new […]

As Lockdown Eases, Those Of Us With Chronic Illnesses Must Not Be Left Behind’

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  By Helen Wilson-Beevers in The Independent. When Boris announced that pubs, cinemas, hair salons and hotels will reopen from the 4th July, there came collective chatter about reclaimed freedom. There is a palpable feeling holidays and nights out are once again within reach; a new normal is just around the corner. In England, too, shielding for […]

Have You Been A Victim Of Medical Gaslighting ?

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  From A Journey Through The Fog.   Trigger warning; the examples of medical gaslighting highlighted in this post may be distressing to some. There is growing awareness around the prevalence of medical gaslighting, especially amongst female patients. Last week tens of thousands of people took to Twitter to share their horror stories of neglect […]

From Fight/Flight To Neuroinflammation: Explaining The “Functional Pain” In Fibromyalgia And ME/CFS ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   There’s neuroinflammation and there’s the stress response. Recently, we saw Mackay and Tate propose that neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and FM was linked to a whacky stress response centered in the hypothalamus. In 2018 Chinese-Duke University collaboration suggested that the stress response and neuroinflammation are linked as well, although […]

Are Intranasal Drugs The Future For ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia ?

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The neuroinflammation findings in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) and fibromyalagia (FM), while restricted to a few studies, are still pretty compelling. We know that many, if not all of the symptoms associated with ME/CFS and FM such as fatigue, pain, cognitive problems, and mood issues can be produced […]

Why Certain Illnesses Remain Mysterious

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  By Sarah Ramsay in The Paris Review.   When I first began research for my book about women with mysterious illnesses, I was overwhelmed. No two women were alike. The number of illnesses that qualified as mysterious was staggering. Lyme, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, candida, Epstein-Barr, Ehlers-Danlos, polycystic ovary syndrome, subclinical hypothyroid, dysautonomia, irritable […]

Beyond Tired : ME/CFS Life – Awareness Week 2020

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From the Invisibly ME Blog.   The 11th to 17th May 2020 marks ME/CFS Awareness Week. It was also Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on 12th May, which I posted about recently with debunking 6 fibro myths. The colour blue is recognised as the colour of ME awareness and many charities, groups and individuals are doing their bit […]

7 Signs That You’re Running Out Of Spoons

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    By ME/CFS Self-Help Guru.   One frustrating thing about energy limiting chronic illnesses like ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia and Lyme disease, is that energy levels can fluctuate from one day to the next. Christine Miserandino’s Spoon Theory has helped many people understand the concept of rationing out your energy by relating an energy unit to a spoon, […]

10 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because You Have An Invisible Illness

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  By Kim Quindlen in Thought Catalog.    Often, the hardest part of having an invisible illness is not the chronic pain or the constant discomfort or any of the other symptoms – it’s the fact that other people cannot really see or understand what you’re going through. Although the disability causes endless problems and challenges for […]

16 Things People Don’t Realize You’re Doing Because Your Pain Is Constant

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  By Veronica Vivona in The Mighty.   Living with constant pain can be extremely frustrating. When you don’t feel comfortable, you might develop some habits designed to make things more manageable. You might have back pain that makes it hard to sit in certain chairs. You could potentially have widespread pain that makes it difficult to […]

When You Say Coronavirus Will Only Kill The Vulnerable, You’re Talking About Me

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  BY BROOKE VITTIMBERG in Fast Company.  When news of COVID-19 started to spread, there were two popular responses. The first was to rush to the store, buying N95 masks and hand sanitizer until shelves were bare. The second was to shrug and comfort the masses because mostly immunocompromised people—people like me—would die. On Twitter, […]

What It’s Like Living With Chronic Pain In Your Twenties

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  By Kate Harveston in Thought Catalog.   I’ve always looked at posters showing the impact of cigarette smoking on the inside of the lungs and thought that if I could figure out a way to illustrate how I feel on the inside when I look fine on the outside, the image likely would turn […]

Who Is Getting Sick, And How Sick ? A Breakdown Of Coronavirus Risk By Demographic Factors

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  By Sharon Begly in Stat News.   The new coronavirus is not an equal-opportunity killer: Being elderly and having other illnesses, for instance, greatly increases the risk of dying from the disease the virus causes, Covid-19. It’s also possible being male could put you at increased risk. For both medical and public health reasons, researchers want […]

Eating Meat: Links To Chronic Disease Might Be Related To Amino Acids – New Findings

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    By Laura Brown and Kelly Jones in The Conversation.   Plant-based diets have been popular in the media recently, but research shows that going vegetarian or vegan isn’t only good for the environment, but for our health, too. Meat-rich diets are linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease and strokes to type two diabetes and some cancers. […]

To The People Who Assume I’ve ‘Stolen’ My Disability Parking Permit

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  By Bree Hogan in The Mighty.   I can walk, but I can’t walk very far, and it’s always with pain and fatigue. I can stand, just not for very long. I use a mobility scooter — a small version of an electric wheelchair — and walking sticks.  Limited as my mobility is, I’m still made […]

My Disability Is Dynamic

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  By Brianne Benness in Medium. Maybe the media has led you to believe that all disabilities are visible and static. Disabilities caused by chronic illness can be anything but. The relationship between chronic illness and disability can be a complicated one. Not everyone who is disabled is chronically ill, and vice versa. And when I […]

It’s OK You Admit Your Chronic Illness Sucks

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  By Kalee Oravec  in The Mighty. I’ve been sick my whole life. I’ve never been able to keep up with my friends because of fatigue, and my pain interfered with all of my past hobbies. You might think I’m used to it by now, but I’m not. No, it still sucks. A lot. It sucks because I […]

This Is What Living With Chronic Pain Is Really Like

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    By Julia Ries in Huffpost.   This story is from HuffPost in the US – and part of Pain in America, a nine-part series looking at some of the underlying causes of the opioid addiction crisis and how we treat pain. Chronic pain comes in all different shapes and sizes — it burns, […]

To Those Who Find My Illness ‘Hard To Understand’ When They See Me Smiling

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    By Tiffany Early in The Mighty.   My husband and I had a conversation about how others perceive my illness the other day. It wasn’t a confrontational conversation — it was more the random musings that happen when you’re waiting for dinner to come out of the oven. Joe mentioned that a mutual friend had once […]

You Don’t Look Sick: What It’s Like Living With An Invisible Illness

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By Laura Abernethy in Metro.   A year ago, we launched the You Don’t Look Series. Over the last 12 months, we’ve chatted to people from across the UK about their experiences of living with an invisible illness. Most people have symptoms almost every day but because their condition is hard to see, they are […]

The Temporary ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Recovery Stories – What Can They Tell Us ?

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   In 2015, Dean Echenberg, MD, PhD, a former public health official and Director of Disease Control in San Francisco at the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, had a question. His own course of ME/CFS had been anything but smooth. Echenberg had experienced years of illness punctuated sometimes […]

What “Phantom Nasal Congestion” May Tell Us About ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   When you have a systemic disease, any part of your body can provide a clue – even your nose. Over 15 years from 1998 to 2012, James Baraniuk, a longtime ME/CFS and GWI researcher at Georgetown University, became the first and thus far the last person […]

7 Ways To Tackle Low Self-Esteem With Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia

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  By Colleen Downey in The Mighty.   Self-esteem is generally described as the degree of regard or respect individuals have for themselves and is a subjective measure of worth that we place on our abilities and judgments; it is an understanding we create of our worth based on emotions and beliefs about how we […]

“Neither Dying, Nor Recovering”: Learning From ICUs To Solve ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia – A Synopsis

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    By Dominic Stanculescu in Health Rising.    From Dominic   I believe observations made in Intensive Care Units can further understanding of ME/CFS.   Indeed, following a severe injury or infection some ICU patients fail to begin recovery for unknown reasons. This condition, termed “chronic” or “prolonged critical illness,” is characterized by neuroendocrine dysfunctions perpetuated by cytokines and oxidative/nitrosative stress. Regardless of the initial injury or […]

Are You A Clumper Or Slider ? The ESR ME/CFS And Fibromyalgia Poll

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By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   It’s the simplest of medical tests. The erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR or SED rate) test simply measures the rate at which the red blood cells in whole blood descend in a test tube over a period of one hour. This non-specific measure of inflammation works because, during an inflammatory process, […]

‘They Think Disability Is Almost Worse Than Being Dead’

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By Kate Scotter in BBC News.   “I won’t let you make me feel bad for the things I cannot do, I am tired of being talked over by people like you.” To watch Tilly Moses perform her folk music on stage, there are no visual clues she’s disabled – although the message is there […]

Getting At The Hurt In Chronic Pain

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    By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   Pain – A Surprisingly Complex Experience Pain seems pretty elementary – it hurts! When it really hurts, you want to throw yourself out of your skin. It’s actually not so simple. Pain is often described as a complex, “biopsychosocial phenomenon“. The International Association for the Study […]

The Best Analogy To Explain ‘Energy Debt’ With Chronic Illness

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    By Teresa Ledwith in The Mighty.   The other day I was struggling, as many of us with chronic illness do, to explain myself to a friend. As usual, I had to give up. I can’t explain to her why it’s not easy for me to drive in and out of my nearest city (an […]

Don’t Be Blind To Invisible Illnesses – 5 Ways To Support Employees Suffering In Silence

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    By Dr Ellie Cannon in fenews.co.uk.   According to Government statistics, there is an estimated 3.8 million people with a disability in employment. As this figure is pretty high, it’s likely that many business owners employ someone who has a disability, without even realising as 96% of illnesses are invisible.  In an ideal world, employees […]

Fibromyalgia And Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Gap Widens

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  By Cort Johnson in Health Rising.   The similarities are striking: the symptoms, the shoddy research funding, the poor treatment from doctors, the gender imbalance and the stigma both still face. Both diseases still really exist on the fringes of medicine and medical research. Yet one disease is moving forward rapidly and the other […]

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