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Living Gluten Free With Fibromyalgia: An Emotional Hit

About a year ago, I started to really worry about some gastrointestinal symptoms that had been getting steadily worse for about 4-5 months. I also had intense fatigue, couldn’t stay awake, and couldn’t move when I woke up in the morning.

Bus passes double for elderly, disabled people

Patricia Ann works part-time, takes math classes at Seattle Central Community College and deals daily with a medical disorder: chronic fatigue syndrome. On disability assistance since 2001, Ann uses her monthly stipend from the federal government to help make ends meet. In 2010, though, her monthly payments didn’t go up. Social Security “was $789 last year, and it’s $789 this year,” she says.

Real Change News

Abuse In Childhood Linked To Migraine And Other Pain Disorders

Researchers from the American Headache Society’s Women’s Issues Section Research Consortium found that incidence of childhood maltreatment, especially emotional abuse and neglect, are prevalent in migraine patients. The study also found that migraineurs reporting childhood emotional or physical abuse and/or neglect had a significantly higher number of comorbid pain conditions compared with those without a history of maltreatment. Full findings of the study appear in the January issue of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, published on behalf of the American Headache Society by Wiley-Blackwell.

Red Orbit

Fibromyalgia and Hydrotherapies

How does Hydrotherapy Work? There are various different theories regarding how hydrotherapy actually works. Most of these theories focus on two properties inherent in water: temperature and buoyancy.

Herald Gazette

Relaxation – a Vital Weapon Against Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition in which pain and fatigue are major problems, brought on and made worse by stress. It is therefore, vital to find ways to unwind – relaxation is the key to getting a handle on this condition. Relaxation techniques that would be most effective are those that focus on physical, as well as emotional and spiritual well being. These will have a positive effect on such aspects as cardiac health and blood pressure levels, since relaxation technique impact on the supply of oxygen throughout the system.

Associated Content/Darryl Parker

Development of a self-reporting tool to obtain a Combined Index of Severity of Fibromyalgia (ICAF*)

Application was made of the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire, the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, the Brief Pain Inventory, the Fatigue Assessment Scale, the Health Assessment Questionnaire, the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28), the Chronic Pain Coping Inventory, the Arthritis Self-efficacy Scale and the Sleep Quality Scale. An assessment was made, on the basis of clinical interviews, case histories and specific tests, of the patient sociodemographic data, comorbidity, physical exploration and other clinical indexes. An exploratory factor analysis was made, with comparisons of the clinical index scores in extreme groups of patients.

Treatment of the Narcoleptiform Sleep Disorder in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia with Sodium Oxybate

This study investigates the response of the underlying sleep disorder associated with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) to treatment. We retrospectively reviewed 118 cases clinically consistent with CFS or FM, treated in a neurology practice. Abnormal findings on sleep studies and associated human leukocyte antigen markers, and a clinical pattern suggestive of narcolepsy, are present in a high proportion of patients.

Wiley InterScience

Is chronic pain ruining your relationship?

Athena Champneys, 37, has been in near-constant pain since 2003, when she was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain and tenderness. Her husband hasn’t always been 100 percent sympathetic, however. “I was in so much pain that I couldn’t bend over to put on my own shoes or socks,” recalls Champneys, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. “And my husband was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me! Get up and deal!'”

CNN Health

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