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FMS eNews 01/06/13

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Last week's eNews appeared to have smaller sized lettering which was not too easy to read. It may just be this computer – or not. I have made it larger this week and I hope it will be easier for you to read.



121. What is the meaning of life? It's just one thing . . . and you have to decide what that one thing is.

From Adrienne Dellwo, your Guide to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Autoimmunity to Serotonin in ME/CFS
Adrienne Dellwo
Is your body trying to destroy an important neurotransmitter? And is that what's causing your symptoms?

When your body can't regulate its own temperature very well, heat can become a real problem.

For forethought and planning can help you get through your trip with fewer problems.

Read the comments and see how many describe your family.


Cathy Wong

 From Cathy Wong, your Guide to Alternative Med 
This week, get the scoop on shilajit and find out about the health benefits of black currant oil and extract, ginger, and medium chain triglycerides. 


Glen Depke
Dear Friend,
Our newsletter this week is packed with an enormous amount of value and I encourage you to spend some time and read each section. Even if the material does not directly pertain to your situation, please consider the other people in your life.
 In This Issue:


Fibromyalgia News

The latest Fibromyalgia News articles published daily. Includes news on the chronic condition characterized by widespread muscle, tendon and ligament pain, extreme sensitivity to touch and fatigue. The condition is most prevalent amongst women between 35 and 60 years of age although it also affects men and other age groups.

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Discovery Could Eventually Help Diagnose and Treat Chronic Pain

More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. But treating and studying chronic pain is complex and presents many challenges. Scientists have long searched for a method to objectively measure pain and a new study from Brigham and Women's Hospital advances that effort. The study appears in the January 2013 print edition of the journal Pain


New information on fibromyalgia

People who suffer from fibromyalgia know something is not right, even though they appear fine otherwise. This painful condition is not well understood, making it that much more difficult to diagnosis and treat. New research offers a better understanding of the disorder and may provide doctors with a way to diagnose the condition and monitor treatment.


The Brain Boosting B-12: Hydroxocobalamin

Hydroxocobalamin (hi-DROX-oh-koe-BAHL-a-min) is a natural and uniquely powerful form of vitamin B-12. Clinical studies and practice have shown it can help to improve cognitive functioning, fight fatigue, promote heart health, and more. 


Fibromyalgia news

A collection of articles for May

Doctors offer hyperbaric therapy to ease pain
Thursday 30 May 2013: In the US, more doctors are now offering hyperbaric therapy in their offices.

Looking forward to something with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Wednesday 29 May 2013:'s Adrienne Dellwo discusses the value of anticipating doing something you enjoy.

Providence woman campaigning for more Fibromyalgia research
Tuesday 28 May 2013: Patients should take more responsibility for their overall health according to Jan Chambers, founder and president of the National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association.

Doctors help princess find Fibromyalgia pea
Monday 27 May 2013: After running medical tests in four hospitals and talking to nine doctors in five years, a female pediatric doctor surnamed Yu has finally been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, also known as “Princess and the Pea syndrome.”

Women with Fibromyalgia are still met with distrust
Sunday 26 May 2013: A new doctoral thesis shows that women with Fibromyalgia are met with distrust and lack of understanding from healthcare, at work, and also among friends and family.

Telomere length linked to Fibromyalgia pain
Thursday 23 May 2013: Considered a marker for biological aging linked to increased risk for morbidity and mortality, shortened leukocyte telomere length now has been associated with pain in Fibromyalgia, researchers at the University of Michigan have found.

Bloodspot-based diagnostic test for Fibromyalgia
Wednesday 22 May 2013: A study that investigates a potential diagnostic blood test for Fibromyalgia.

Pain patients speak out at public forum
Tuesday 21 May 2013: Arlene Grau, who has rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia and lupus, was part of a panel sponsored by KPCC Southern California Public Radio for a forum on pain called "Invisible Suffering."

New Canadian guidelines for treating Fibromyalgia
Saturday 18 May 2013: Physicians from the McGill University Health Centre, McGill University and the University of Calgary have published a review article in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) to help family doctors diagnose and treat Fibromyalgia, which represents the first time researchers have published Canadian guidelines to help manage the condition.

Genetics of Fibromyalgia: studying families
Wednesday 15 May 2013: In a new study, scientists found evidence suggesting a strong genetic component of Fibromyalgia by genotyping members of multiple families in which several members have the condition.

Fear of activity with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Monday 13 May 2013: Because Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome symptoms can get a whole lot worse after physical activity, it's pretty natural for sufferers to be afraid of the consequences, and therefore avoid activity.

International Awareness Day
Sunday 12 May 2013: May 12th is International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS).

Calgary doctor helps write guidelines for treatment of Fibromyalgia
Wednesday 8 May 2013: Researchers have released the first set of Canadian guidelines to help doctors diagnose and manage Fibromyalgia.

Pain tolerance and Fibromyalgia
Monday 6 May 2013:'s Adrienne Dellwo discusses the difference between pain tolerance and pain threshold with Fibromyalgia.

Results of switching to milnacipran in Fibromyalgia patients
Thursday 2 May 2013: Research published in the
Journal of Pain Research entitled "Results of switching to milnacipran in fibromyalgia patients with an inadequate response to duloxetine: a phase IV pilot study".

For these and previous months' articles click below


May 25th, 2013 Newsletter

May 26th, 2013 Newsletter

May 27th, 2013 Newsletter

May 28th, 2013 Newsletter

May 29th, 2013 Newsletter


I had a birthday this week! Thanks to those of you who posted good wishes on Facebook. I didn't intend to publicise it but Facebook doesn't keep secrets.
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N.B. I would like to point out to you that the information in my eNews blog is passed on to you mainly from other sources. Links are given to the original articles. I take no responsibility for their accuracy but freely give them publicity if I think they might be of interest to my readership. Sites I refer you to are for information only.  They might conflict in their opinions, they might not even be medically sound, but I merely offer them for you to peruse and make your own judgements, accept or reject as you will.  Only by reading widely can we get an overall picture of fibromyalgia syndrome and how we can deal with its symptoms, learn to cope with them and still have a life. Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature should always be discussed with a qualified professional.
I also include various awareness items, benefits issues, as well as general health considerations. Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the included items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from ‘Wordz for the Day’ by Donnie Kuhn, Sr. who died in May 2011.
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