I have had a very pleasant week with my younger daughter staying here. I gave an advanced apology last week in case I didn't have time to produce a blog. Well, I managed it even though it's a bit shorter than usual. I hope it will suffice.
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268. As I ponder the things that I have done in life, I realize that I've made mistakes but I don't regret any of them.
Is Anemia Linked to Fibromyalgia?
Do you have enough iron in your blood? Anemia is a potentially dangerous iron deficiency and we have some research that suggests connections with fibromyalgia. Find out what we know about that, below.
Then, browse through several more articles on supplements -- how to get started and what to expect, what supplements help with specific symptoms, why multi-supplement formulas can be a problem, and profiles of supplements that can help our bodies produce energy.
I want to remind you once again about some format and appearance changes coming to About.com Health. Expect to see those before the end of the month. I'll fill you in on that as I can, but know that your newsletter will continue.
Take care of yourself!
Adrienne Dellwo - Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Expert
Read Adrienne's articles . . .
FIBROMYALGIA IS A REAL ILLNESS. WE NEED A CURE.
About This Petition
Please sign this petition to help raise awareness of the condition known as fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a complex condition that's difficult to understand, especially if you don't have a medical degree. Because it involves the brain and nervous system, it can have an impact on virtually every part of the body.
We need the government and the health department to recognise this illness for what it is, a debilitating life-changing illness for which there is no cure. Every day, people who suffer from fibromyalgia endure chronic, widespread pain. It feels like a flu that never goes away. And there is no help on the way.
Read on and please sign the petition . . .
It’s a fact; when you have fibromyalgia you will experience setbacks from time-to-time. Even if you have been managing your condition well for a while, a flare up can still occur and knock you flat on your face. It is a part of the condition and something that we need to accept can happen when we over-do things. It may seem unexpected but there is almost always a cause. Sometimes it will be glaringly obvious, such as eating food you know doesn’t agree with you, other times you might be left feeling clueless. I personally try not to over think it if I am unsure of the cause and instead focus on what I can do to make myself feel better. It is only natural to get upset about it and to feel frustrated and angry. Flare ups can be scary and sometimes leave you wondering if you will be stuck feeling this way. It can be hard to envision your health ever improving, especially if it drags on for weeks.
Find out what happened to Donna and how she coped . . .
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Microstructural Havoc: The Immune System, Fatigue and the Brain – An ME/CFS and FM Scenario
We know that hepatitis C patients receiving a strong pro-inflammatory drug (IFN-a) that helps them fight off their viral infections and ME/CFS patients have very similar problems with fatigue and identical problems with their basal ganglia.
That suggests that it’s not the presence of an infection which is making them look similar – it’s immune activation. People with hepatitis C who are not taking IFN-a don’t experience severe fatigue and don’t have problems with their basal ganglia. Whatever is going on in ME/CFS the only way to mimic it in hepatitis C patients is to hit them with a very powerful immune booster. (Interferon’s are released by cells to attack viruses.)
That suggests that something more than an infection is going on with people with ME/CFS. Either they have an infection which is prompting an unusually strong immune response (or the equivalent of that) or their immune systems are highly activation.
Read The Study . . .
+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+Fibromyalgia Doctor Touts Ketamine for Pain and Depression
Health Rising has done several reports on how surprisingly effective Ketamine can be with pain and depression. The drug has a couple of strikes against it for sure; it's an anesthesia drug which can produce hallucinations (!) in high doses and has been used as a date rape drug to boot.
Ketamine.jpg Ketamine has also, though, been successful in the difficult to treat chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS). It achieved remission in about half the patients in a small CRPS trial. It works so quickly in depression that it may become the first anti-suicide drug. For some people who had about reached the end of their rope ketamine has proved to be a life-saver.
See the benefits . . .
The Age of Aspartame May Be Coming To An End As More Health Risks Are Confirmed
Just because something is touted as “sugar free”, does it mean it’s healthy? Recent studies have shown that not only does artificial sweetener intake have an association with diabetes , it also increases the risk for heart, kidney, and brain damage. 
Aspartame was an accidental discovery by the G.D. Searle Company (a pharmaceutical company) back in 1969, reporting that aspartame was an “organic compound with a profound sucrose like taste”. In the 1970s, several studies were done on aspartame revealing truly terrifying results. G.D. Searle submitted false results to the FDA because the studies showed that aspartame intake caused death and grand mal seizures in their test subjects (infant monkeys). Other studies revealed that aspartame caused neurotoxicity and brain damage.   Despite being banned twice by the FDA, aspartame is once again legal and being consumed by potentially millions of people all over the world.
Read the dangers . . .
The search for safer, more effective and non-addictive painkillers has led scientists to an unlikely source: tarantula venom. More specifically, a single compound found in the venom of the Peruvian green velvet tarantula, which has been found to inhibit a particular pain receptor on the membrane of neuronal cells. By examining how this molecule works, researchers hope to open up new possibilities for the creation of synthetic painkillers.
The compound in question is a peptide called ProTx-II, which previous studies have shown to bind to the pain receptor – or nociceptor – Nav 1.7. However, the mechanisms by which ProTx-II interacts with the neuronal membrane in order to affect this receptor had until now remained unknown.
Read more about it . . .
My Name is Fibro
A short documentary about Fibromyalgia that I made using numerous GIF files that I sourced from all over the internet. Thank you to everyone who made any of the GIF's because without you my documentary wouldn't be half as interesting to look at!
Chronic, isn't it! No wonder we're stressed. Carry on carrying on. And hope for a better future.
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I would like to point out to you that the information in my FMS 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 judgments, 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.
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