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Dr. Montoya Talks – With the CDC – On ME/CFS

The CDC is having a public call-in session on Monday, Feb 23rd. First Dr. Unger will talk and then Dr. Jose Montoya of Stanford.  (See the schedule below). Everybody is invited. It's not a call to be missed. Dr. Unger and the CDC First Dr. Unger will talk on what the CDC has going on - and Read more [...]

The Name, the Name, the Name….What Name Would YOU Pick?

Lenny Jason had little good to say about the new name in a recent article "How Disease Names Can Stigmatize". Prominently highlighting a slew of negative comments (" It is pathetic, degrading and demeaning", "Absolutely outrageous and intolerable!”) at the head of the article, Jason stated Read more [...]

The Pain Brain: Hippocampal Atrophy Found in Fibromyalgia

The Pain Brain Sometimes you've got to ask wonder where is it going to stop with fibromyalgia (FM) and the brain? Reductions in the volume of "gray matter" (the neuronal cell bodies and glial cells as opposed to the long nerve fibers) have been found in the insular, anterior cingulate cortices Read more [...]

Diagnosing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome the IOM Way: the IOM Report #3

This is not a figment of their imagination. This is not somaticizing. This is a common, all too common, complex disease" Dr. Ellen Clayton, Committee Chair The proposed new name for chronic fatigue syndrome really jumped out in the IOM report but the report provides several other difference making Read more [...]

Changing the Conversation: the IOM Reports Sparks Re-evaluation of ME/CFS in the Media

I assert that for ME/CFS it's all about changing the conversations or narratives around it that are keeping it poorly funded and mostly ignored. Once those conversations change everything else will change. What was impossible beforehand will suddenly become not just possible but natural. In Read more [...]

IOM Swings For the Fences: Proposes New Name and Definition for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

"It is clear from the evidence compiled by the committee that ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex, multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients." IOM Report The title of the report "Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining Read more [...]

Hard Choices: The Neurologist, the ME/CFS Expert and the Spinal Lesion: Corinne at Dr. Peterson #12

March, 2014 "Recognize your disabilities but emphasize your possibilities"~William Arthur Ward Allow me to apologize for my tardiness. I’m sorry to be posting a blog that happened almost a year ago! But with all the visits and tests that resulted after finding the spinal cord lesion in 2013, Read more [...]

Connections: the Pain and Distress Circuit in Fibromyalgia Identified

Fibromyalgia (FM), of course, is much more than about pain.  Called the “prototypical functional pain syndrome,” people with fibromyalgia often experience problems thinking (fibro-fog), sleep and autonomic nervous system problems, depression and catastrophizing.  The multidimensional aspects Read more [...]