Archive for Research

Channeling Pain: Fibromyalgia Mouse Study Points to Muscle Problems

“These results will be clinically useful, because we provide a new opportunity for mechanism-based treatment for chronic, widespread muscle pain resulting from recurrent acid insults possibly associated with symptoms of fibromyalgia and myofascial pain syndrome.” Chen et. al. The question Read more [...]

Yes, Fibromyalgia is Real – and Here’s Why

When I saw that the video "Fibromyalgia: It's Real It's Manageable What You Can Do" had been viewed almost 85,000 times I had to check it out.  In it, Dr. Andrew Gross, the head of the Rheumatology Clinic at the University of California at San Francisco presents a a birds-eye view of fibromyalgia. The Read more [...]

Gut Finding in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Dispels Idea IBS is Psychological

“A functional symptom is a medical symptom in an individual which is very broadly conceived as arising from a problem in nervous system 'functioning' and not due to a structural or pathologically defined disease cause.” - Wikipedia “... on finding itself unable to discover effective treatments Read more [...]

Triggering Effects: Andrew Lloyd on Infections, Genes and Getting Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

(In the second of a series of blogs of presentations on the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Conference in September of this year, Simon tackles Dr. Lloyds fascinating talk on the how infections trigger chronic fatigue syndrome. Thanks for Simon’s and Action for ME for allowing us Read more [...]

Chapter Opens Up in Quest to Understand PEM in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Lights are ploughing new ground - not just in ME/CFS - but in how post-exertional malaise and fatigue occurs after exercise in humans (and, one must say mice.). In this third blog in a series of blogs exploring PEM and ME/CFS. we take advantage of a chapter in a book they wrote that explains how Read more [...]

A “Fatigue” Disorder No More? – What Multiple Sclerosis Taught Us About Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The "Fatigue" Disorders Multiple sclerosis (MS) ranks amongst the most fatiguing disorders known.  The most common symptom found in MS (75-95% of patients), fatigue is a major research topic with ten studies in the last five months featuring fatigue in their titles. Like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Read more [...]

Lipkin Project Gutting It Out

Ian Lipkin thinks the gut holds the key to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (and who are we to disagree with him? ). His study will identify microbes that are associated with immune activation in ME/CFS, then find ways to knock them down using probiotics, antibiotics followed by probiotics, restriction Read more [...]

Sensory Distress: The Other Side of Fibromyalgia

“If we lose sight of pleasures ... that intoxicate the senses in the most sensuous and beautiful and simplest of ways, then we've lost a lot." - Savannah Page Researchers have used heat, electricity, chemicals, and pressure to evoke pain in FM patients and controls, and in every study people with Read more [...]