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Neuroinflammation II: the Kynurenine Pathway in Fibromalgia and ME/CFS

Health Rising's neuroinflammation emphasis continues. The next couple of years may indicate that neuroinflammation and microglial activation play key roles in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. If that turns out to be true, the attention will probably quickly shift to something called the Read more [...]

New Age Fluff or Real Treatment? Fibromyalgia Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Study Opens Eyes

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy may sound new-agey but it's actually a well-studied therapy used in a variety of conditions. The therapy provides hundreds of times the normal oxygen levels to its recipients over time. It hasn't gotten much play in central nervous system conditions but a recent fibromyalgia Read more [...]

Renewal and Relapse: An Anti-inflammatory Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Story

I had my coffee, read the paper, had another cup of coffee, read the computer and by 8:30 or so I was raring to go! Greg was a healthy and active professional until he woke up from a nap one ordinary day and could hardly move. A Sudden Illness My “life” with ME/CFS began when I was 54 in the Read more [...]

Depressing Consequences: The Infection Mood Disorder Connection Revealed

We know that many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) start with an infection and that those infections result in what is called "sickness behavior".  The fatigue, pain, difficulty concentrating, problems with sleep and apathy found during an infection, are intended to force Read more [...]

The Brain Game: The Search for Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia

An inflammatory process (neuroinflammation) almost certainly plays a major role in the development of many neurological diseases. Andrew Lloyd has pointed out that the symptoms in chronic fatigue syndrome (and fibromyalgia)  are "brain symptoms"'; i.e. they are flu-like symptoms produced by the Read more [...]

Reborn II: Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Inflammation

A recent blog featured the story of a woman who recovered from severe fibromyalgia using vagal nerve stimulation. This blog features, if anything, a even more remarkable story of recovery from a different angle; this time the patient suffered from severe, crippling inflammation. With a Read more [...]

Male Trouble: the Testosterone Connection in Fibromyalgia

Testosterone, women and fibromyalgia? Could a male hormone be causing trouble in FM? The primary male sex hormone, testosterone promotes the growth of the male sex organs and helps produce the increased muscle, bone mass, body hair  and deeper voices seen in men. Testosterone may be Read more [...]

Tipping Point? The Stanford Chronic Fatigue Initiative’s Big Year Is Here

We are at the tipping point in our scientific pursuit to identify the biomarkers and central abnormalities of ME/CFS. Several treatment interventions will stem from our work and that of other institutions. We believe that by applying the appropriate methodology and technology, we will be able to conquer Read more [...]