7 Things You Should Know About Autoimmune Diseases
As if living with chronic illness wasn't challenging enough, living with an autoimmune disease can be even more difficult. Still highly misunderstood by medical professionals and the public alike, autoimmune diseases are characterized by nebulous symptoms that can make diagnoses difficult to come by. Treatments vary, and in some cases rely entirely on behavior changes. In an effort to making living with -- or loving someone with -- an autoimmune disease just a little bit easier, here are seven important things to know about these health conditions. 1. Autoimmune diseases essentially cause a person's body to fight itself...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 5, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Evidence supporting a link between dental amalgams and chronic illness, fatigue, depression, anxiety, and suicide - Kern JK, Geier DA, Bjørklund G, King PG, Homme KG, Haley BE, Sykes LK, Geier MR.
The purpose of this review is to examine the evidence for a relationship between mercury (Hg) exposure from dental amalgams and certain idiopathic chronic illnesses - chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia (FM), depression, anxiety, and suicide. Dent... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Are RA Patients More Sensitive to Pain?
(MedPage Today) -- For many RA is complicated by fibromyalgia. (Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology)
Source: MedPage Today Rheumatology - January 30, 2015 Category: Rheumatology Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia and Nondipper Circadian BP VariabilityFibromyalgia and Nondipper Circadian BP Variability
This study investigates nocturnal blood pressure variablility in patients with fibromyalgia. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology Journal Article Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Age Study: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, Dr. Terry Oh comments on a recent study which looked at the effects of fibromyalgia with age. To listen, click the link below. Fibromyalgia and Age Study (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - January 9, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

NeuroMetrix unveils over-the-counter pain product as it opens new Woburn site
On Sunday, Waltham-based NeuroMetrix will unveil the new consumer model of its wearable pain-relief device as the company looks forward to launching sales in coming months. The device, called Quell, is largely the same as the company's Sensus device, which was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2012 for use by patients with chronic pain due to diabetes, sciatica, fibromyalgia, and degenerative knee conditions. That device, which uses electrical stimulation to raise levels… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - January 2, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Don Seiffert Source Type: news

The Curse of Tinsel-Blindness : Chronic Illness at Christmas
Sourced from The Hysterectomy Association: Hysterectomy Association - Hysterectomy Association - hysterectomy, menopause and hormone replacement therapy (hrt) information and support for women. Christmas is a time to cast aside the everyday and embrace the magic of it all. But what if your everyday routines are essential to controlling your health? Rarely does the whole of the UK move with such unified purposefulness as at Christmas. Through the year, significant dates, birthdays, deadlines come and go for each of us. But December – from the tree going up, to the presents being wrapped, to the turkey going in the ove...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 18, 2014 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Parkinson-Hardman Tags: Latest News Christmas depression diabetes fibromyalgia invisible illness Source Type: news

New MyPainAway™ Fibro Cream Launched, Available Exclusively at CVS...
New to the market, safe, natural MyPainAway™ Fibro Cream offers a vibrant new pain relief option for those suffering with fibromyalgia. Specifically formulated to address the issues causing the aches...(PRWeb December 10, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/12/prweb12384838.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - December 11, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scientists Map Spinal Circuitry Responsible for Chronic Pain
Pain typically has a clear cause - but not always. When a person touches something hot or bumps into a sharp object, it’s no surprise that it hurts. But for people with certain chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain, a gentle caress can result in agony. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - December 5, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Pain Source Type: news

Spinal circuitry responsible for chronic pain charted
Pain typically has a clear cause–but not always. When a person touches something hot or bumps into a sharp object, it’s no surprise that it hurts. But for people with certain chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain, a gentle caress can result in agony. Findings of new research could lead to new therapeutics for disorders such as fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 5, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Salk and Harvard scientists chart spinal circuitry responsible for chronic pain
(Salk Institute) New findings could lead to new therapeutics for disorders such as fibromyalgia and phantom limb pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 5, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: 3 Things to Do
Title: Fibromyalgia: 3 Things to DoCategory: Doctor's ViewsCreated: 10/10/2001 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/1/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 1, 2014 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Treatments Without Drugs
Title: Fibromyalgia Treatments Without DrugsCategory: Doctor's ViewsCreated: 5/27/2008 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/1/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 1, 2014 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Guaifenesin for Fibromyalgia?
What can you tell me about guaifenesin as a treatment for fibromyalgia? (Source: Dr. Weil Q and A)
Source: Dr. Weil Q and A - November 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Treatment Effective at Reducing Pain and Symptoms Shows Promise
Detailed results of the randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled Phase II study, known as PRID-201, were presented today at the 2014 American College of Rheumatology annual meeting in Boston by William L. Pridgen, M.D., FACS, founder and CEO of Innovative Med Concepts. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 20, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Clinical Trials Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia pain: Options for coping
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Tweetchat for patient-preferred fibromyalgia outcomes
Three Cochrane Review Groups - Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care (PaPaS), Musculoskeletal (MSG) and Neuromuscular Diseases (NMD) - are planning to hold an hour-long Tweetchat on patient-preferred fibromyalgia outcomes on Tuesday 9th December, at 13:00 GMT, using the hashtag #CCFibro.For more information, see below:Objective: for Cochrane Review Groups to engage with relevant consumer and patient groups using simple questions to identify important outcomes in fibromyalgia, via Twitter. Contributor's Information Contributor's name:  Anna Hobson Email address:  ...
Source: The Cochrane Collaboration - Current news at The Cochrane Collaboration - November 17, 2014 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Anna Hobson Tags: Current news Cochrane contributors Cochrane Reviews Evidence-based health care Review groups & Events Source Type: news

Robert Metcalf on PFDD
The most recent reauthorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) included new efforts by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to enable patients and patient groups to become actively involved in FDA evaluations of new medicines. Two programs in particular--the Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) Initiative and Benefit/Risk Assessment--work in tandem to inform the FDA's decisions on whether or not to approve a medicine for patient use. There’s no doubt that the feedback gained through the PFDD Initiative gives the FDA deeper insight into patient preferences, especially regarding the benefits and ris...
Source: PHRMA - November 11, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Emily Source Type: news

Disability Plan Properly Denied Benefits Related To Fibromyalgia, 6th Circuit Says
CINCINNATI - A disability insurer did not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by denying benefits to a participant suffering from fibromyalgia for failure to provide objective evidence of functional limitations, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed Oct. 10 in an unpublished opinion (Taylor Hunt v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, No. 13-1724, 6th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 19857). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 11, 2014 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia Excluded By Pre-Existing Clause, California Federal Judge Determines
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on Oct. 27 determined that a disability claimant was not totally disabled from her occupation because of fibromyalgia and that the fibromyalgia was a pre-existing condition that is excluded from coverage under the policy (Cheryl Leslie v. United of Omaha Life Insurance Co., et al., No. 13-7056, C.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 154871). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - November 11, 2014 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

Limited Evidence for Effect of Cranial Electrical Stimulation
No significant benefit for patients with fibromyalgia, pain; conflicting results for painful conditions (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Orthopedics, Pathology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Smoking Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in Fibromyalgia
In adjusted analysis, smoking tied to worse symptom severity, sleep problems, anxiety, depression (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Neurology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Conference News, Source Type: news

Discord Found in Clinician - , Criteria - Based Fibromyalgia Diagnosis
Physicians fail to ID half of criteria - positive patients, incorrectly ID 11 percent of criteria - negative patients (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - November 11, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Anesthesiology & amp; Pain, Journal, Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: Understand the diagnosis process
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - November 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia treatment: Is Neurontin effective?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - November 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is fibromyalgia hereditary?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - November 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Osteoarthritis Vs. Fibromyalgia - Similarities and Information
The prospect of another diagnosis is something that many people who already experience forms of disabilities face, myself included. Just the other day, a person looked at me and said, 'Tom, what if the osteoarthritis you have isn't just osteoarthritis? What if you also have fibromyalgia?' I just kind of sat for a minute and pondered and then told my friend, 'whatever it is called, it is painful and the label is one thing.' When it comes down to it, the label of what I am experiencing is the realm of doctors and other health care providers. What I am looking for is some relief and an understanding of what is going on. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - November 3, 2014 Category: Disability Tags: Fibromyalgia Source Type: news

Savella for fibromyalgia: Helpful for fatigue?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - October 31, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why You Should Never Ask 'Have You Tried...?'
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Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia sufferer: 'I can't escape the pain'
FOR years, Sarah Pollard suffered a mystery muscle complaint that made every day a struggle. Finally she got a diagnosis – but with a sting in the tail (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using computers means it's easier for GPs to make dangerous mistakes
Ben Williams, 62, had unwittingly been taking the wrong dose of his prescription painkiller. He suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition that causes pain and muscle stiffness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 14, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: Memantine Reduced Pain in Small, Blinded TrialFibromyalgia: Memantine Reduced Pain in Small, Blinded Trial
Memantine, an agent primarily used to treat patients with Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease, may provide pain relief and improve the quality of life of patients with fibromyalgia. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 8, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Rheumatology News Source Type: news

Osteomalacia and hypothyroid myopathy are often misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia
(NaturalNews) Fibromyalgia is a debilitating disease affecting around 5 million Americans. The two primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are muscle pain and fatigue. Other symptoms include sleep disturbances, "brain fog," irritability, and anxiety or depression. Nearly one third of those... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bad News, Good News for Fibromyalgia DrugBad News, Good News for Fibromyalgia Drug
A new sublingual drug that targets nonrestorative sleep failed to lessen daily pain in fibromyalgia patients but did improve sleep quality and lessen overall symptomatic burden. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines - October 2, 2014 Category: Rheumatology Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

For most chronic pain, neurologists declare opioids a bad choice
Patients taking opioid painkillers for chronic pain not associated with cancer -- conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgia and low-back pain -- are more likely to risk overdose, addiction and a range of debilitating side effects than they are to improve their ability to function, a leading... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - October 2, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia and the role of brain connectivity in pain inhibition
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) The cause of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain syndrome is not known. However, the results of a new study that compares brain activity in individuals with and without fibromyalgia indicate that decreased connectivity between pain-related and sensorimotor brain areas could contribute to deficient pain regulation in fibromyalgia, according to an article published in Brain Connectivity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Complementary Health Approaches for Chronic Pain
This issue of the digest summarizes current scientific evidence about the complementary health approaches most often used by people for chronic pain, including fibromyalgia, headache, irritable bowel syndrome, low-back pain, neck pain, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - September 29, 2014 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCAM Source Type: news

AAN Warns Against Opioids in Chronic Noncancer Pain (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- The neurology society says the drugs have no place in headache, back pain, or fibromyalgia. (Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine)
Source: MedPage Today Emergency Medicine - September 29, 2014 Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: news

Tonix Pharmaceuticals Reports Top Line Results From Phase 2b BESTFIT Trial of TNX-102 SL in Patients With Fibromyalgia
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Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - September 29, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Will lidocaine injections help fibromyalgia pain?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - September 23, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Brain study hints at how fibromyalgia works
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brain scans show that people with the pain disorder fibromyalgia react differently to what others would consider non-painful sights and sounds, new research suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Scientists discover ‘disappointment pathway’ in the brain
Study furthers understanding of depressionRelated items from OnMedicaSharp rise in GP antidepressant prescribing during recessionKetamine is a promising last resort treatment for severe depressionWork-based mental health programmes shown to prevent depressionDepression in cancer patients 'neglected'Pleasure and pain circuitry disrupted in brains of fibromyalgia patients (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 19, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Fibromyalgia: The Latest in Diagnosis and CareFibromyalgia: The Latest in Diagnosis and Care
Medscape speaks with two fibromyalgia experts about the latest in understanding, diagnosing, and treating this at-times puzzling, painful condition. Medscape Rheumatology (Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Rheumatology Headlines - September 18, 2014 Category: Rheumatology Tags: Rheumatology Expert Interview Source Type: news

Hypersensitivity to non-painful events may be part of pathology in fibromyalgia
(Wiley) New research shows that patients with fibromyalgia have hypersensitivity to non-painful events based on images of the patients' brains, which show reduced activation in primary sensory regions and increased activation in sensory integration areas. Findings published in Arthritis & Rheumatology, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggest that brain abnormalities in response to non-painful sensory stimulation may cause the increased unpleasantness that patients experience in response to daily visual, auditory and tactile stimulation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Pain and Depression Treatment Possible in FibromyalgiaPain and Depression Treatment Possible in Fibromyalgia
A new study shows that patients with fibromyalgia who have comorbid depression can be treated with pregabalin for pain relief while remaining on antidepressants. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 10, 2014 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Interactive Technology for Symptom Monitoring in FibromyalgiaInteractive Technology for Symptom Monitoring in Fibromyalgia
Find out about technology-enhanced monitoring that engages fibromyalgia patients using a mobile device. Pain Management Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 9, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

A Genetic Mutation that Can Affect Mental & Physical Health
The MTHFR mutation is associated with increased risk of depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, autism, heart disease, miscarriage, migraines, certain cancers, and more. What it is, how it affects you, and the good news: what you can do about it.read more (Source: Psychology Today Depression Center)
Source: Psychology Today Depression Center - September 5, 2014 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Traci Stein, PhD, MPH Tags: Autism Cognition Depression Integrative Medicine ADHD bipolar disorder cardiovascular disease colon cancer Fibromyalgia Folate folic acid genetic L-methylfolate Leukemia migraine migraines Miscarriage MTHFR mutation n Source Type: news

Functional Health & Fitness Emphasizes Care for the Aging
David Houk, a strong advocate of the drug-free approach to therapy, said the options he provides at Functional Health & Fitness for osteoporosis and fibromyalgia care set his facility apart from others. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - August 18, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

6th Circuit: Plan Properly Terminates Benefits To Participant With Fibromyalgia
CINCINNATI - A disability plan administrator properly terminated benefits to a participant who suffered from fibromyalgia pursuant to the plan's lifetime maximum benefit when a mental disorder contributes to a disability, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed July 10 in an unpublished order (Sherry Eastin v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, No. 13-6247, 6th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 13376). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - August 11, 2014 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news