- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:
Sick and tired finds company
Most of the 15 people gathered for a support group this month did not look sick. But when they began to talk about their common conditions, the list of symptoms went on and on. Pain, fatigue, depression. Insomnia, nausea, headaches. Muscle spasms, ringing in the ears and sensitivity to heat, cold or light.
Fast Metabolism Linked to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Most of us dream of having a fast metabolism to keep the pounds off. But we never dream of being so fatigued we cannot get out of bed after a perfectly adequate night of sleep. Scientists have discovered that people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) tend to have a faster metabolism and accelerated blood flow when compared to those who don´t have CFS.
Are You a Cyberchondriac?
Awhile back, I was contacted by a man who was clearly frightened about his health. He wasn’t diagnosed but was convinced he had fibromyalgia. That’s not uncommon – a lot of people in my forum aren’t officially diagnosed but have symptoms that fit, as well as negative tests for all the usual suspects. In many cases, these self-diagnoses appear to be accurate.
New type of MRI helping fibromyalgia patients
Fibromyalgia affects almost six million Americans, but the cause is still unknown. Now local doctors are using a new type of MRI screening that’s providing some surprising answers, as well as a new way to treat patients who’ve never been able to find relief.
There is no definitive medical test for fibromyalgia. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made by doing a physical exam and a thorough history. The doctor will check for up to 18 “tender points,” areas where the pain is more severe. The doctor will also rule out other causes of muscle pain, such as lupus and arthritis. This may involve blood tests. Because there is no specific test for fibromyalgia, the diagnosis may be difficult to make at first.
Loneliness And Bad Jobs Are Factors Which Delay Lower Back Pain Recovery
If you are unhappy with your job or are female and live alone, chances are you may take longer to recover from lower back pain than your less stressed counterparts, says recent UQ PhD recipient and osteopath Dr Nick Penney.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
A Tool for Recording Your Family Health and Medical History
Trisha Torrey, Guide to Patient Empowerment, has found a tool to help keep track of your family medical history. The Surgeon General’s Family Health History Tool is available online to anyone — not just residents of the U.S. Trisha provides a walk-through and tips on how to keep your information private.
Learning to live with irritable bowel syndrome
It’S a condition of the digestive system that affects one in 10, but many people are embarrassed about discussing the problem. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a long-term disorder that can cause abdominal pain, swelling, diarrhoea, constipation and bloating. In some cases there’s an urgent need to visit the toilet and excessive wind.
Fatty tumors are harmless
DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am 84 years old. I had my first fatty tumor when I was 11. Through the years, I have had many, many removed, and I continue to get more. I have learned to live with this condition. I have children and grandchildren who are concerned that they have inherited this affliction. My mother and father had fatty tumors, and my brother and sister had a few. Is this passed to children?