Fibromyalgia is Not All In Your Head, New Research Confirms

Fibromyalgia is Not All In Your Head, New Research Confirms

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Fibromyalgia has been a mysterious disease, causing pain throughout the body and deep in tissues with no apparent cause. A large proportion of the medical community has believed that the disease was psychosomatic, and people essentially think that they are in pain. But a small biopharmaceutical company, Intidyn, or Integrated Tissue Dynamics, has found what they believe to be the root cause of the disease. Researchers from the company and from Albany Medical College have found that there is a unique neurovascular structure, or blood flow to the nerves, in the skin of female patients who report pain from fibromyalgia. This, the scientists believe, may be the ultimate cause of the pain experienced in the condition. “Instead of being in the brain, the pathology consists of excessive sensory nerve fibers around specialized blood vessel structures located…
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Relationship between Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome

Relationship between Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome

Awareness, Research
It happens a lot that when you think that you have dealt with every single symptom of fibromyalgia, out of nowhere one more symptom throw at you? And that one more will be something you have never imagined having a connection with fibromyalgia. Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is another symptom added in that list. A huge percentage of people with fibromyalgia are affected by restless leg syndrome that makes the people suffer from it too. But why it actually happens? What causes RLS? Why both fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome occur together so often? About Restless Leg Syndrome Restless leg syndrome is a type of condition in which it is much difficult for you to keep your legs still. Sudden jerks have been experienced by people in RLS and they…
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Is Morton’s Neuroma related to Fibromyalgia?

Is Morton’s Neuroma related to Fibromyalgia?

Awareness, Research
Morton’s Neuroma is a related condition/term that is becoming more widely common among the people with fibromyalgia. This is a condition that is characterized by chronic pain in the feet, which makes any type of exercise or other activity that requires them to be on their feet extremely very difficult to do. The cause of this condition and its relation to fibromyalgia is not known until now. However, there are several different treatments available to ease the pain of fibromyalgia and Morton’s Neuroma but the ways to totally get rid of these both are still unknown. The pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia are typically widespread, meaning that they affect lots of different joints and muscles in the body. Most of the time, the pain is in tender or soft points…
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Electroconvulsive therapy for treating Fibromyalgia Depression

Electroconvulsive therapy for treating Fibromyalgia Depression

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You might feel a little bit uneasy by the phase of “electroconvulsive therapy”. The mind goes to the days when medical science was not more scientific than it is today and patients were exposed to electric shocks to keep them submissive. Based on your pop culture image of electroconvulsive therapy, it does make sense that you don’t want to consider taking electroconvulsive therapy as a treatment. In popular imaginations, this ECT has really gotten up a bad knock. And this is the reason that caused us to overlook one of the most effective treatments for a symptom that affects a lot of fibromyalgia sufferers: depression. So, let’s have a look on electroconvulsive therapy. What is this therapy? Is it safe or not? And is it effective for treating fibromyalgia depression?…
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Using Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Using Aromatherapy for Fibromyalgia Symptoms

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You may wonder how inhaling an aroma can help a medical condition. There may be chances that you have used aromatherapy and haven’t realized it. You have used a form of aromatherapy if you have ever used a vaporizer with Vicks or applied Vicks to your chest when having a cold. Both of them contain eucalyptus oil, which is an essential oil. According to government’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, “Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from plants (flowers, herbs, or trees) as a complementary health approach”. Legally, this therapy is used for a lot of health issues. Aromatherapy is used in a lot of ways according to The National Cancer Institute and the University of Maryland Medical center. This therapy can be used for: Reducing painHelping…
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The facts about Fibromyalgia and Ineffective Sensory Processing

The facts about Fibromyalgia and Ineffective Sensory Processing

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This fact is very well known to fibromyalgia sufferers that discomfort and pain can easily be triggered by some sensory experiences like sound, touch and light. Sometimes, you may feel the softest noise as a sound of pans and pots banging around the kitchen sink. The question arises that are these sensory overloads are a symptom of fibromyalgia? Here are some facts: Although there are a lot of scientists and doctors that have been doing researches in the causes of fibromyalgia, still no definite evidence is there of how fibromyalgia is caused. Not knowing the cause feels so frustrating, so researchers continue to search for the answers. It was in a study that people with fibromyalgia have an altered central processing response to multi-sensory stimulation. This means that when all…
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The benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for fibromyalgia patients

The benefits of cognitive behavioral therapy for fibromyalgia patients

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According to Juan V. Luciano, Ph.D., a psychologist and researcher at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu in Barcelona, Spain said, “there is an agreement among the researchers that fibromyalgia syndrome may not be a single disease and the subcategories of the fibromyalgia patients may be identifiable.” He also adds, “Developing meaningful treatments that patients benefit from over their lifetime remains a major challenge in providing clinical care” for the disease. Exercise and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are the two most studies methods of the treatment for fibromyalgia sufferers apart from the pharmaceuticals. CBT is a type of talk therapy that can help you in identifying and coming up with the specific challenges that include fibromyalgia symptoms. Exercise helps in alleviating pain while CBT helps in addressing the psychological aspects…
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Relationship between Fibromyalgia and Food Additives

Relationship between Fibromyalgia and Food Additives

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A lot of recent studies have been shown that the symptoms of fibromyalgia may increase due to food additives. Although no cure for fibromyalgia has been discovered yet, the foods you eat can help you deal with your symptoms. So, what are food additives and how fibromyalgia sufferers can be affected by it? You might know MSG or aspartame as food additives. Those are just the usual examples that we see in daily foods or diet sodas. “Excitotoxins” is the category in which these food additives are present, as it is also a naturally occurring substance in the brain. Excitotoxins normal function is to get your brain firing quickly, due to which you learn and retain the information. In fact, you are using this category right now. But what actually…
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A Possible Relief for Fibromyalgia- Viral suppression

A Possible Relief for Fibromyalgia- Viral suppression

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People who are suffering with fibromyalgia are very well familiar with the implications that their disease is less than genuine. But luckily, a lot of research has been made in this field now and researchers are working on finding more and more treatments for this disease. Recently, a new drug has been found and that has received a fast track status from FDA of US in treating fibromyalgia. This drug is called IMC-1 and is a form of viral suppression. This drug has already completed its phase 2 proof of concept trials in a double-lined, placebo-controlled study successfully. The theory behind this IMC-1 is that maybe there is some relation of fibromyalgia with the herpes virus lying hidden in body tissue. The treatment of it is usually based on the…
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Is becoming a vegan another way for fighting Fibromyalgia?

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There are a lot of studies that have been conducted to answer this question as to whether a vegan diet will be effective for people dealing with fibromyalgia. However, most of the studies have shed light on raw vegan diets. Before moving towards forward, let’s make some brief differences to avoid the confusions. The vegetarian diet is a plant-based diet but animal products like milk, eggs and cheese are also included in this diet while excluding the consumption of any flesh. However, vegan diet is totally plant based and all types of animals and animal products are excluded from it. Raw vegan diet is similar to that of vegan; only the food is whole, fresh and uncooked. So, what is the answer to this question? Does vegan diet help in…
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