Archive for Pain

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]