ME/CFS, Fibromyalgia & IBS News Around the Web

  • ME/CFS:

Many people with various conditions share pain-causing chemicals

Lyme disease, an infection transmitted by ticks, can cause headaches, severe muscle and joint pain, dizziness, heart palpitations, memory loss and difficulty concentrating. It sounds a lot like fibromyalgia and CFS doesn’t it? I can’t determine whether or not you genuinely have all three conditions. Regardless, your complex disorders each have various causative factors and their own cluster of symptoms. They are almost always associated with high levels of pain-causing inflammatory chemicals, one of which is called TNFa.

Tulsa World

Current economy hurting more than personal finances

With mounting pressures of a shaky economy including job layoffs and shrinking retirement accounts, it’s no surprise stress is on the rise. Although stress in small doses is a normal part of life, stress overload often leads to serious health issues. Studies indicate that extreme stress can not only increase insomnia, but is a trigger in chronic fatigue syndrome.

The Source

Photo exhibit to stop at Meadowood Mall

A free national traveling photo exhibit, Faces of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, is scheduled to be on display daily from Monday through March 15 next to J.C. Penney inside Meadowood Mall, 5000 Meadowood Mall Circle. Chronic fatigue syndrome is an illness that results in profound fatigue and other debilitating symptoms.

  • Fibromyalgia:

Lumps & Bumps: Fibromyalgia & Lipomas

Do you have lumps and bumps under your skin? A lot of us with fibromyalgia do. They’re called lipomas, and they’re non-cancerous tumors – basically, lumps of fatty tissue just below the skin.

Impulse Control Disorder Behaviors Associated with Pramipexole Used to Treat Fibromyalgia

Compulsivity has been associated with use of dopamine agonists used to treat Parkinsons disease (PD). Increasing use of these agents to treat fibromyalgia (FM) raises concern for this unexpected toxicity in a new group of patients.


Painful to Touch: Fibromyalgia & Tactile Allodynia

It’s another one of those fibromyalgia symptoms that just doesn’t make sense – pain, sometimes severe, from a simple touch. It’s almost like having a sunburn all the time. This kind of pain is called tactile allodynia. “Allodynia” means a painful response to typically non-painful stimulus, and “tactile” means touch.

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

IBD Day on the Hill

Capital Hill, that is! The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is once again urging people with IBD to travel to Washington, D.C. this May 6th and 7th. Spaces are limited, and because pediatric research is a primary focus of the event, parents and children will be given priority. The CCFA has secured a block of rooms for participants. IBD

Volunteers needed to undergo acupuncture treatment for students research

Students of alternative medicine are inviting people in York to get the needle so they can carry out research. The Northern College of Acupuncture, which is based in Micklegate, has devised a project to analyse how well three common ailments respond to the courses of treatment it offers.

The Press (UK)

Hiring and Employing a Caregiver for a Sick Loved One

You may find yourself in the situation where you need to hire help for your loved one who needs some extra care. A caregiver could be needed in the days after surgery or during a difficult flare-up. It may be a temporary situation, or it could be long-term. IBD

Probiotics power their way onto healthful food scene

The microscopic bugs hanging out in your carton of yogurt are a good thing – especially when you’re talking about your digestive health or immune system. And probiotics, or good bacteria, are turning up in a growing number of food products on grocery store shelves.

Des Moines Register

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