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Fatigue and Drowsiness: Everyday Exhaustion and Beyond

Fatigue and drowsiness are a part of everyday life for millions of people, and prolonged fatigue is a concern for 10% to 25% of those who visit general practitioners.1 The high incidence of fatigue is due to such issues as today’s hectic lifestyle, lack of leisure time, poor sleep habits, and certain medical conditions. Pharmacists are in an ideal position to provide assistance to patients complaining about continual fatigue and daytime drowsiness.

U.S. Pharmacist

Health: Lighten the Load

KEEPING healthy is all about balance and taking time out from the daily grind to recharge the batteries. Spending a week on a sunlounger is a tried and trusted method but taking it one step further are advocates of the Lightning Process, a method of balancing mind and body that has followers in Esther Rantzen and Dancing on Ice champion Suzanne Shaw. Retreats are dotted around the world, with several practitioners in Scotland.

Living Scotsman

XMRV Triggers Urgency, Flurry of Interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The discovery of a possible retroviral connection to chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS) isn’t just stirring up the ME/CFS community — it’s getting the attention of the entire scientific community.  That’s quite a feat, considering how ME/CFS research has languished due to lack of funding and interest. Now, however, XMRV is changing things.

About.com:  FM & CFS Blog

Proper Sleep Is Crucial to Managing Fibromyalgia

It’s a vicious cycle: A poor night’s sleep makes your fibromyalgia symptoms worse, and then the pain makes it hard to fall asleep at night. Restless legs syndrome, a problem for many people with fibromyalgia, also can keep you from getting the rest you need.

Your Total Health

Put Together Your Fibromyalgia Treatment Plan

If you have the flu, spend a few days in bed, and you’ll likely feel better. Fibromyalgia is different. Symptoms are eased, never cured, and there is no one “remedy” that works for everyone. For these reasons, fibromyalgia patients should develop a personalized treatment plan to minimize flare-ups and the severity of symptoms.

Your Total Health

Fibromyalgia and Loss of Muscle Tone Can Exercise Really Help?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that can cause intense and sometimes unabating pain all over the body. For this reason many patients afflicted with the disorder find it difficult to complete their everyday activities, let alone consider an exercise regimen.  However, according to experts in the field, one of the lesser addressed problems faced by those with fibromyalgia is muscle wastage because they are rendered far more inactive than in the past, or others their age might be.

My Channel News

Prescription Medication:  Is It Worth the Risk?

Last night I was watching TV, engulfed in the normal Wednesday night “NCIS” mini-marathon, when I came across a commercial for a new prescription called Lyrica. Now for those of you who don’t know, Lyrica is designed to treat fibromyalgia. It was in the midst of this commercial that I learned a couple of things.

Associated Content/Phillip Barnard

Fibromyalgia: First steps after a diagnosis

The days and weeks after you’re first diagnosed with fibromyalgia can be a whirlwind of emotions. You may feel anxious about what’s to come, angry that you have a chronic illness, sad that your lifestyle might have to change—or even happy to finally have a diagnosis! Here are some things you can do to feel more prepared and supported.

News Channel 5

Is Fatigue an Inflammatory Variable in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Analyses of Fatigue in RA, Osteoarthritis, and Fibromyalgia.

To investigate whether fatigue is an inflammatory (rheumatoid arthritis; RA) variable, the contributions of RA variables to fatigue, and the levels of fatigue in RA compared with osteoarthritis (OA) and fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS: We studied 2096 RA patients, 1440 with OA, and 1073 with FM in a clinical setting, and 14,607 RA, 3173 OA, and 2487 patients with FM in survey research. We partitioned variables into inflammatory and noninflammatory factors and examined variable contribution to fatigue (0-10 visual analog scale). RESULTS: Factor analysis identified Disease Activity Score-28 (DAS28) and swollen (SJC) and tender joint count (TJC) as a physician-inflammation factor, and patient global assessment, pain, Health Assessment Questionnaire, and fatigue as patient components.

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