ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia Around the Web

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Preying on the Desperate, Miracle Cures Hold False Promise

People with incurable illnesses are often the target of miracle cure scams. These promises usually involve the marketing of unproven cures for a fee. Often the cure is easy and painless and the aggressive marketing is loaded with lucrative testimonials and success stories in bold fonts and bright colors with flashing text and lots of exclamation points.

American Chronicle

Urologic And Non-Urologic Unexplained Clinical Conditions Overlap

Unexplained clinical conditions have been referred to by many names including functional somatic syndromes. They are characterized by a lack of clear physical or biological etiology, or inconsistent demonstration of laboratory abnormalities. Bladder pain syndrome and chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) in men NIDDK type 3 (nonbacterial prostatitis) would fall under this umbrella. Rodriguez and co-workers from Madrid, San Diego, and Seattle reviewed the literature on comorbidity between the most common urological pelvic pain syndromes (BPS, CPPS), vulvodynia, and the nonurological conditions of fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders, and irritable bowel syndrome.

MediLexicon News

Overwhelming fatigue not always chronic

Chronic fatigue syndrome is an elusive illness without a specific test (blood test, X-ray, scan) to prove that a person has it. Also, its cause hasn’t been resolved. It’s defined as debilitating fatigue lasting six or more months. One important aspect of the diagnosis is excluding all other illnesses known to cause fatigue. The number of those illnesses is legion (depression, anxiety, blood-pressure medicines, an underactive thyroid gland, hidden cancers, etc.).

Expert Answers on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Denise Grady, a science writer for The New York Times, recently explored the link between a recently discovered virus called XMRV and chronic fatigue syndrome, in “Is a Virus the Cause of Fatigue Syndrome?” Here, Dr. Nancy G. Klimas, who serves on the board of the International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, responds to readers’ questions. Dr. Klimas is a director of the department of immunology of the University of Miami School of Medicine and director of research for clinical AIDS/H.I.V. research at the Miami Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The New York Times

Executive Functions And Self-Regulatory Capacity Impact Chronic Pain Syndromes

Dr. Anthony Buffington at Ohio State University often emails me interesting articles that I would otherwise miss, and this is one of them I thought worth sharing. Chronic multisymptom pain conditions (which would include fibromyalgia and BPS among many others) are often characterized by pain, cognitive difficulties, fatigue, sleep disturbance, tension, and emotional and social distress.

Medical News Today

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