Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 4

“I Love This Woman”: Francesca Owens Sees Dr. Nancy Klimas – A Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Visit

Francesca Owens has really been through it. A fitness buff, she entered a fitness competition at age thirty-nine and won with 11.4% body fat and a fitness age of eighteen, but after becoming pregnant with her second child in 2001 something changed. By the summer of 2004 she was getting lost in Read more [...]

Shape Shifting Pain: How Chronic Pain Turns the Brain More ‘Emotional’

Recently we saw that some people appear to be sitting ducks for chronic pain.  Their brains have apparently reached a state, unbeknownst to them, where all that's needed for a chronic pain state to emerge is a triggering event such as an injury. That triggering even starts a process which changes Read more [...]

Turning Point: Pregnancy and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Four Mothers Who’ve Been Through It Talk

"Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.....has made me a better mother when it comes to nurturing and loving and ...supporting" ME/CFS mother Pregnancy. Talk about a major decision. It takes boldness to have a child when you have a chronic illness life ME/CFS and doing so raises major questions. In this panel Read more [...]

Stress By Any Other Name: Inflammation, ‘Stress’ and Chronic Fatigue and Fibromalygia: An Inquiry

“Sometimes I think I'm so overwhelmed that the little, simple things that other people do or say really set me off emotionally, which we know only makes the pain worse.“ Person with Fibromyalgia One of the most puzzling aspects of my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyaglia has been my body's Read more [...]

FibroMapp Friday: Giving You Control. Helping You Cope With Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME are complicated illnesses.  There are many things that you can do, with the right tool, though,  to understand what is helping/hindering your pain, sleep, other symptoms and more. Showing doctors how your treatments are working and how your symptoms are fluctuating  often Read more [...]

Tackling Pain and Depression in Fibromyalgia: Quetiapine Scores Some Benefits in Clinical Trial

Depression is common in fibromyalgia. In fact, with studies suggesting  levels of 'current depression range  from 22-44% and lifetime rates of depression from 60-86%,depression in FM may be very common. This isn't surprising: the presence of pain in any disorder increases the risk  of depression Read more [...]

Immune Workshop to Redefine How ME/CFS Is Diagnosed and Treated

The Times They Are a Changing. In response to Dr. Unger's request, the Simmaron Research Foundation is sponsoring a large workshop at the IACFS/ME Conference to recommend immune tests that will guide the diagnosis and treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. Getting the CDC's stamp of approval Read more [...]

The ‘Mono’ Studies: Looking for Answers to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Studies indicate that when you ask an adolescent what triggered their Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, up to three-quarters are going to say mononucleosis (or glandular fever) or some other sudden, often vicious mono-like illness. With fully fifty percent of them testing positive for mono, it's no wonder Read more [...]