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How to Identify Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is CFS? CFS is an abbreviation for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is noted by sever weakness, lethargy, muscle aches, insomnia, fever and puffy lymph nodes. Doctors were not able to figure a cause for the fatigue. Generally, fatigue is marked by over exertion and sleepiness. Some CFS sufferers show no sign of over-exertion and still have fatigue problems. The lethargy must last over 6 months before doctors can determine that the problem is indeed CFS related. To get a better understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, I will list the symptoms.

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Mum brings Pokémon closer to her son

Young Cameron Dilley suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and is unable to travel long distances. So his mum, Allison, has gone the extra mile so he can enjoy one of his favourite hobbies, playing Pokemon, closer to home. “We belong to the North London league and there isn’t another league between here and Leicester and it is hard for us to travel,” said Cameron’s mum, Allison. The 10-yea-old’s tiredness is a result of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a hereditary condition that causes overly-flexible joints.

Dunstable Today

Hair Color Linked to Pain Sensitivity?

Would you believe that redheads are more sensitive to pain than blonds or brunettes? It’s true, according to scientific studies. Why, oh why, would somebody actually study this?  Apparently, it’s been lore in the dental community for a long time that redheads don’t get numb like other people, and have more pain in the chair. Someone decided it was worth looking into, and they discovered that the belief was true.

About.com:  FM & CFS Blog

Fibromyalgia Drug Gets OK

A local woman who said she suffered from fibromyalgia for years finally found relief from the painful condition after a specialist put her on a new type of medication in a clinical trial back in 2006.  Claudia Patterson, of Charles Town, said she first began experiencing uncomfortable symptoms shortly after putting her mother in a nursing home three years ago.  “She has Alzheimer’s disease, and I was caring for her daily and running, running, running,” 56-year-old Patterson said. “I felt very tired and achy. I just thought that having a real job, a part-time job and getting older were all situations that totally explained my symptoms.”

The Journal

Siblings biked 3K miles in Race Across America

Countless Americans take journeys across the country, stopping all across the nation to take in the sights presented to them in various states. However, Karl Wianecki and Denise Stone were determined to make their trek across the U.S. as fast as their bikes would take them. Wianecki, who is from the Convent Station section of Morristown, and his sister Stone, of Long Valley, are two racers on the All Wheels 4 Fibromyalgia cycling team that participated in the 2009 Race Across America. The other two racers are Dave Stauffer (Easton, Pa.) and Gernot Wolfram (Eastry, United Kingdom), plus about a dozen crew members.

Daily Record.com

Fibromyalgia: Debilitating But Treatable With Chiropractic Care

Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.f4cp.com), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic, announced today that chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, and joint stiffness associated with fibromyalgia. While fibromyalgia, a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues, responds to various treatments, chiropractic care in particular has grown sharply in popularity among the millions of sufferers for dramatically reducing chronic, widespread pain and restoring patients to healthier lives.

MediLexicon News

4 Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Dr. Oz will see you now! In his first O column, he analyzes the different treatments for fibromyalgia.  Defining Fibromyalgia: Though classified as a disorder of the musculoskeletal system, the condition is now seen as a central nervous system problem. Symptoms include increased sensitivity to pain, achy and stiff joints, fatigue, and specific tender points on the back, chest, arms, and legs. Migraines, sleep disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome are also common complaints. Up to 3 percent of the population may suffer from fibromyalgia, but with no clear cause, the condition is difficult to diagnose.

Oprah.com

The First New Fresh Bold Book That Redefines Fibromyalgia and Reveals The True Cause of Its Pain

The Missing Pieces of the Fibromyalgia Puzzle

“Perhaps the most sensible book on fibromyalgia ever written” according to Frederick Wolfe, M.D., Master, American College of Rheumatology and lead author of The American College of Rheumatology 1990 Criteria for the Classification of Fibromyalgia. This is the book that changes everything for patients, healthcare providers, and everyone with an interest in truly understanding the cause of fibromyalgia and chronic widespread pain.

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Recreational Exercise in Rheumatic Diseases

The purpose of this study was to evaluate changes in health-related quality of life after eight to twelve months of recreational exercise in patients with rheumatic diseases (inflammatory joint disease, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia and other generalized pain syndromes), and to determine whether patient (age, sex, diagnosis) and exercise characteristics (follow-up time, type of activity, frequency of participation) are related to health-related quality of life change. Health-related quality of life was assessed twice in 138 patients with rheumatic diseases.

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