Chronic fatigue syndrome & child abuse: Disordered patients or disordered research?

Are chronic fatigue patients victims of child abuse or research abuse?   Childhood trauma is a potent risk factor for development of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according to a study by researchers at Emory University School of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The study is published in the Jan. 5,…

Diagnosis, Education and Treatment Coordination for Adults and Children

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Children with Migraines Should Be Monitored for Fibromyalgia and Other Conditions, Study Finds

Children with migraines experience central sensitization — involving changes in the central nervous system — which is linked to pericranial tenderness and juvenile fibromyalgia, new research shows. The study, “Symptoms of central sensitization and comorbidity for juvenile fibromyalgia in childhood migraine: an observational study in a tertiary headache center,” was published in the The Journal…

Fibromyalgia and Cognitive Dysfunction

  Cognitive dysfunction is one of those incredibly frustrating symptoms of fibromyalgia. Research suggests that FM patients are considered cognitively 20 years older when performing certain tasks. This affects me in myriad ways and makes me feel so inadequate when I can’t recall words or names, or lose my train of thought while engaged in conversation. Nonrestorative…

21 of the best essentials oils for fibromyalgia pain

If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you know that finding any pain relief is so crucial. Natural treatments are even better–allowing for pain relief without the added side effects of procedures or medication. Essential oils for fibromyalgia pain promise to help aches, clear your head, and reduce fatigue. Here’s 21 of our favorites. Why should you use essential…

14 Memes That Nail What It’s Like to Go to the Doctor With a Chronic Illness

For many people, going to the doctor for the flu, a minor injury or even just a check-up is often fairly routine. The doctor diagnoses the issue, provides you with medication or a course of treatment, and soon you’re back to feeling healthy. But for those with chronic illness, doctor appointments can be a much different…

Is Kratom Effective For Fibromyalgia?

  Although there is no cure for fibromyalgia, there are many drugs and supplements that are used in treatment to help in managing the chronic pain syndrome. One of the lesser known treatments is the Kratom supplement. But is this really effective? Read on to find out? What is Kratom? Kratom is the leaves of…

Study Finds 20% of Spine Fusion Patients Develop PTSD

By Stephanie Burke Are you considering having a spine fusion surgery? While you’re weighing the risks and benefits of the procedure, don’t forget to consider the impact your surgery may have on your overall well-being. Learn more: Spine Fusion Risks and Complications Spine fusion surgeries are not to be taken lightly, and you will benefit from thoroughly researching your…

7 Fibromyalgia Symptoms You Should Know

   Fibromyalgia is a common painful medical condition. It causes long-term and wide-spread body pain.  Additionally, it causes tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons and soft tissues.  The severity of fibromyalgia symptoms, however, varies from person to person.   Quite often, symptoms disappear and then return. (1) Over 6 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia. 90 percent…

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