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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 [...]

‘Sustained Arousal’ Hypothesis Not Sustained: Wyller’s Clonidine Trial for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fails

Specifically, we suggest that CFS is caused by sustained arousal. Wyller Brun Wyller has raised controversy in Norway for his drug/behavioral approach to chronic fatigue in service of a hypothesis asserting that 'sustained arousal' (increased sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight)) activity Read more [...]

An Interview with the Creator of the Vagus Nerve Infection Hypothesis For ME/CFS

Michael VanElzakker's hypothesis that infections of the vagus nerve cause ME/CFS has generated an enormous interest. Now the Tufts neuroscientist talks about how he got interested in ME/CFS, how he's trying to test his hypothesis, why he believes it may be able to explain post-exertional malaise Read more [...]

“A Regulatory Barrier to Change” : Why Women Get More Stuck with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Than Men – A Model of ME/CFS Emerges

"The HPA axis [is] a major part of the neuroendocrine system that controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexuality and energy storage and expenditure." Wikipedia The HPA axis and low cortisol readings were Read more [...]

What Stops You From Trying To Get Better? An ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia Community Report

Everyone wants to get well, and if you asked anyone with chronic fatigue syndrome and/or fibromyalgia the one thing they wanted in their life, it would probably simply be  to be healthy again.  Most people would say they would do anything to be healthy again, and, in fact,  people often invest Read more [...]

Study Finds Vitamin D3 Helps With Pain in Fibromyalgia: Should You Try Vitamin D?

Vitamin D3 has become a big deal in the past couple of years, but the findings in fibromyalgia have not been particularly promising.  Several fibromyalgia studies have not found evidence of low Vitamin D3 (calcifediol) levels in fibromyalgia. Noting,though, that other studies suggest low Vit Read more [...]