ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & IBS News Around the Web

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:

CFS Has A Real Physical Cause

“Functional symptoms, as occurring in chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and somatization, have a genuine organic cause, that is activation of peripheral and central inflammatory and oxidative and nitrosative stress pathways and gut-derived inflammation,” says Michael Maes, a researcher in Belgium.

American Chronicle

Probiotics may help some with chronic fatigue

Supplements containing “good” bacteria can help some people with chronic fatigue syndrome feel better, but they may make others feel worse, report Swedish researchers who conducted a small study.

“I think that it’s worth trying,” Dr. Birgitta Evengard of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, study co-author, told Reuters Health. Evengard said she recommends her patients with chronic fatigue syndrome try taking the probiotics tested in her study, and stop if they start feeling worse, but stick with it for 3 weeks if they feel better or if they don’t notice an immediate effect.


Bath doctor leads child fatigue research

An expert from Bath has won 730,000 to investigate chronic fatigue syndrome in children.
The ground-breaking research will be carried out by Dr Esther Crawley, who works at the city’s Mineral Water Hospital. She will be looking to get a better understanding of the cause, treatment and prevention of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and ME in children using a prestigious fellowship and funding.

This Is Bath

  • Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome not the same

The myofascial tissue is a connective tissue which surrounds muscle sheaths, ligaments, joint capsules, nerve sheath and other tissues. The myofascial acts like a tent, covering and protecting other body parts. In the normal healthy state, the fascia is relaxed and wavy in configuration. It has the ability to stretch and move without restriction. But, injuries, stress, inflammation, trauma, and poor posture can cause restriction to fascia and develop trigger points and myofascial pain in the affected muscles.

News Journal Online

The Dragon Grins

I try not to dwell on the fact that I have a painful disease called Fibromyalgia that will never be cured, just “managed.” But sometimes I feel sad and hopeless. I started this blog in 2005. I read over my old entries and think how funny I used to be.

Clueless In Carolina

Big Pharma Is Spending Big Bucks Hoping That You Have Fibromyalgia

Even as new reports surface about alleged fake medical articles Pfizer planted to sell seizure drug Neurontin for unapproved uses from 1995 to 2002, it looks like deja vu all over again. Pfizer gave nonprofits $2.1 million in grants in 2008 for medical courses about the pain-and-fatigue ailment fibromyalgia for which its Neurontin follow-up pill, Lyrica, just happens to be approved.

Alter Net

Berlin Student Raises Awareness of Fibromyalgia

School projects abound, but I was intrigued by this one that Berlin resident Brianna Tulin has undertaken. It appears to have taken on a life of its own and gotten attention from a national organization. Brianna’s mother has been afflicted with fibromyalgia for many years and this winter she decided to spread the word about the syndrome. She set up a display in the lobby of her school, the Solomon Schechter Day School in West Hartford, on fibromyalgia.

The Hartford Courant

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

Best Treatments for IBS

There are lots of irritable bowels out there: maybe you have one. Irritable bowel syndrome involves intermittent tummy pain or discomfort, loose motions, constipation or alternating loose motions with being bunged up and doesn’t involve alarm signals like weight loss, anaemia and bleeding.

ABC Health & Wellbeing

Addressing irritable bowel syndrome

Intestinal issues such as diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain can be caused by a number of factors. Sometimes these symptoms are due to inflammation as in the case of Crohn’s disease, colitis, celiac disease, obstructions of some sort, or diverticulitis. Blood tests, scopes and ultrasounds can often determine if these are to blame.

Seacoast Online

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – What Is It Really?

There are thousands of Americans that have stomach problems. For some these stomach problems last a while and they do not realize that anything is wrong. Many Americans believe that it is just a bug, but have you really thought about what may be causing those annoying stomach aches? If you have constant stomach aches you should get to the doctors and get checked out especially if you continuously are feeling sick because you may have the symptoms of Irritable Bowel syndrome.

Associated Content/Amanda Mainville

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