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Resilience and Chronic Pain: Stanford Researcher Looking for Survey Participants

Dr. Drew Sturgeon, is a post-doctoral fellow and neuropsychologist at Stanford University conducting a study into resilience and chronic pain.  Sturgeon would like to know why some people with high amounts of pain are able to stay productive while others cannot.  Stanford has one of the most Read more [...]

Simmaron Spinal Fluid Study Finds More “Immune Exhaustion” in ME/CFS

In the most comprehensive study of immune factors in the cerebral spinal fluid ever done in ME/CFS, Mady Hornig and Ian Lipkin reported finding dramatic differences in ME/CFS patients. The results of the Simmaron Research Foundation /Chronic Fatigue Initiative study suggested that an extensive immune Read more [...]

“An Immune Mediated Brain Disorder”: Mady Hornig and Llewellyn Kin

“I think of ME/CFS as one of these (immune-mediated) brain disorders” Llewelyn King has done over 70 ME/CFS Alert video’s and for his 73rd he interviewed Dr. Mady Hornig. It was a timely interview given the recent immune study she and Ian Lipkin recently published. See Your Clock Was (Is) 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 [...]

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 [...]

Standing Clear: Drug Stops Orthostatic Intolerance in ME/CFS In Lab – Next Steps

Few healthy people give any thought at all to standing up, but for a subset of people with chronic fatigue syndrome standing up is an act that’s fraught with peril.  Whether their hearts start racing (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) and/or their breathing does (postural hyperventilation) Read more [...]

Neuroinflammation and Chronic Pain Link Established: Authors Call for Treatment Trials

“the present findings offer clinical implications that may serve to guide future studies of the pathophysiology and management of a variety of persistent pain conditions.” Loggia et. al. Chronic pain was thought for many years to be mostly a neuronal problem. Over or underactive neurons in the Read more [...]

Gut Infection Could Underlie Symptoms in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

“We are cautiously optimistic regarding these results because, if confirmed, we may have identified a contributing factor to the innate immune issues associated with ME/CFS and a molecular target for potential treatment strategies.” - Lombardi et al. Over the past couple of years the Whittemore-Peterson Read more [...]