Archive for Pain

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 [...]

Autoimmune Research Opening Up New Options for Chronic Pain Sufferers

A Different Kind of Pain That the immune system might play a major role in producing pain might seem obvious. Inflammation, swelling, and the symptoms of ‘sickness behavior’ including muscle and joint pains are all produced by the immune system when we catch a cold. Even in Fibromyalgia Read more [...]

Could Cancer Research Improve the Treatment of Widespread pain in Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS?

Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer and Fibromyalgia Billions of dollars are spent annually worldwide on improving the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer. New drugs and treatment modalities are extending survival rates, with recent initial trials even inciting (probably prematurely) speculation Read more [...]

Immersed: How I Found a Way (After Decades of Trying) to Help My Allodynia and Nerve Pain

I suspect many you are like me: there is something dramatically wrong with your body and it has been that way for quite a while.  You surf the ups and downs of your symptoms and occasionally wonder, "What does this symptomatic change mean?" If you are like me, you have learned that most medical Read more [...]

Epstein Barr Virus, Autoimmunity and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Are They All Connected?

Epstein-Barr virus just keeps showing up in ME/CFS. After the Lipkin study suggested EBV activation wasn't a problem in ME/CFS, a German study suggested it was. Now, we look at that issue and a fascinating hypothesis proposing that poorly controlled EBV infections are at the heart of all autoimmunity. The Read more [...]

New Approach to Chronic Pain Leads to Novel Treatment Options: Antibiotics Anyone?

Pain Is Not All the Same Brain imaging studies like functional magnetic resonance imagery (FMRI) have provided tantalizing insights into the operation of the human brain. In this blog I’m going to review and highlight research and novel approaches by one of the leading researchers in the rapidly 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 [...]