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Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #2: Complexes, Critters, Drugs and the Gut

  The Complex Is ME/CFS/FM bigger than we think?  Does it consist of a complex of  disorders such as ME/CFS/FM/POTS/Autonomic Neuropathy/IBS/ (fill in the blank) that share similar types of onset, symptoms and some lab results. Let's see how that question is shaking out. Check out Pt I of the Read more [...]

Insights From the 24th Autonomic Nervous System Symposium #1: Autoimmunity / CO2 / Bad Reflexes and Your Next Diagnosis

The 24th International Symposium on the Autonomic Nervous System was chock full of potential insights for people with chronic fatigue syndrome.  We used Dysautonomia International's excellent overview of the relevant studies as a starting point.  (Thanks to Issie for alerting me to the overview.) Is Read more [...]

From Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome to Fibromyalgia to ME/CFS? The ‘Spreading Neuroinflammation’ Model

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and Spreading neuroinflammation and autoimmunity – a model for ME/CFS and fibromyalgia? Neuroinflammation in ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia In previous articles I've been trying to set out, at some length and based on converging evidence, a proposed model of ME/CFS and a Read more [...]

Newton Study Suggests Muscle Problems Whack the Brain in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Background ...There is considerable evidence to highlight an abnormality of the autonomic nervous system as a unifying pathological factor. Newton et. Al. Newton's shown that people with chronic fatigue syndrome tend to display an interrelated trio of problems;  increased acid in their muscles during Read more [...]

A Neuropsychologist Looks at ME/CFS – Part II of ‘Cognition – What do We Know?’: IQ, Walking and Chewing Gum, A Missing Test, Treatment

In Part II of the A Neuropsychologist Looks at ME/CFS, Dr. Lange looks at neuropsychological testing, IQ, we riff on how cognitive problems can affect how well you move, and more...See Pt. I below. Brain Burn, Brain Drain and Low Blood Flows: A Neurologist on ‘Cognition and Chronic Fatigue Read more [...]

Brain Burn, Brain Drain and Low Blood Flows: A Neurologist on ‘Cognition and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – What Do We Know’?’

This overview of the CFIDS Association of America’s webinar on cognition in 2012 was produced while I was with Phoenix Rising but was never published. We just published Dr. Lapps take on cognition and possible ways to treat it. Now, that we've got an overview of the treatment possibilities Read more [...]

Taking the Sting out of Pain: Scorpion Venom Could Provide Alternative to Narcotic Pain Drugs

In the second of two blogs looking at future possibilities for pain relief we turn to a much feared arthropod. Drug Under Development Spells Hope for Pain Relief in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome A friend of mine coping with  severe back pain, allodynia, high blood pressure and Read more [...]

Drug Under Development Spells Hope for Pain Relief in Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

From opioids to anticonvulsants to antidepressants, etc. doctors throw a wide variety of drugs at nerve pain, yet the prognosis is generally poor with 40-60% of patients receiving only partial relief.  (Some studies indicate alpha lipoic acid and benfotiamine (thiamine) can be helpful for some, as well.) Nerve Read more [...]