Author Archive for Cort Johnson – Page 4

“Mom Needs To Lie Down Now”: Four Women, One Doctor on ME/CFS – A New Short Film From Canada

Featuring a doctor and three patients and lasting all of eleven minutes long, this Canadian film just out might be ideal to help your family and friends understand Chronic Fatigue Syndrome a bit better. People who could be your neighbor anywhere describe the human experience of having chronic Read more [...]

The Fibromyalgia Treatment Group Sponsors Health Rising – An Interview with Cindy Sparling on a Natural Approach to FM

Health Rising is very glad to announce the Fibromyalgia Treatment Group is our third corporate sponsor. Like so many ME/CFS and FM efforts, the Fibromyalgia Treatment Group's work was  triggered by a personal experience with FM: Cindy Sparling, the President of the FTG, came down with Fibromyalgia Read more [...]

Sex, Autoimmunity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome … or Why More Women Than Men Get ME/CFS

“Creating a scientific culture that compels consideration of sex in shaping the immune response is essential to a comprehensive understanding of health and disease.” The female predominance in autoimmune disorders (greater than 85% female in Sjogrens, lupus, Addison's disease, and scleroderma, Read more [...]

“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 [...]