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Islander
01-16-09, 11:00 AM
Fibromyalgia sufferers have gotten a raw deal for years. Many doctors think the disease is all in their head because there's no lab test that can confirm the source of their symptoms. And with symptoms as elusive as chronic fatigue, muscle pain, and persistent doubt, it's not hard to figure out why these docs are so stumped.

Past research has implied that depression was actually the true source of the fatigue and pain of fibromyalgia. But a new study has detected brain abnormalities in fibromyalgia patients. So while these new findings may not be a cure, they're sure to give peace of mind (and no small sense of vindication) to any fibromyalgia sufferer who's gotten a skeptical look from his physician.

In this new study, 30 women (20 with fibromyalgia, and 10 with no disorders) were given a brain imaging test called Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT).

The result? The fibromyalgia sufferers had blood flow anomalies known as "brain perfusion" that the healthy women did not. What's more, the researchers found that the degree of brain perfusion was in direct proportion to the severity of the suffers' reported symptoms.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Eric Geudj of France's Centre Hospitalier-Universitaire de La Timone, said the results of the study showed "that the functional abnormalities observed were mainly related to disability" rather than depression and anxiety.

I can only imagine the frustration of the 10 million people (most of them women) who live not only with fibromyalgia's symptoms, but also with the added stress of the doubt of the medical community. Think of dealing with the constant symptoms of pain, memory and concentration issues, stiffness, and sleeping problems and then having your doctor looking at you sideways because his tests show that you're perfectly healthy.

Hopefully this new study will help to create a wider acceptance throughout the medical of fibromyalgia as a legitimate disease. Which should open the door to more research into the source and most importantly the cure.

William Campbell Douglass II, M.D.
"WC Douglass" <realhealth@healthiernews.com>

Reesacat
01-16-09, 08:40 PM
Also, since they have a new drug Lyrica for fibromyalgia, it is now a 'real' disease.........

Aaltrude
01-16-09, 08:50 PM
Spot on Reesacat. I suspect they won't go looking for a drug to "cure" Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) though as there are a huge number of chemical producing industries out there that stand to lose out if MCS is recognised. This is no doubt a large part of the reason why it is dismissed and sufferers often labelled as "neurotic".

mellowsong
01-16-09, 11:04 PM
I don't want a drug to MCS because it would probably more harmful than the MCS. However, it is becoming more recognized as a problem and several of the books/articles I've been reading on chronic fatigue and adrenal problems say that fibromyalgia, CFIDS and MCS are the same disease with different presentations. There is a lot of overlap. I saw a pulmonologist yesterday and mentioned that I was very restricted in where I could go and HE asked me when had I developed MCS. This was a pulmonary fellow at the VA hospital...so something is being said about it in medical schools.

Samurai
01-17-09, 12:28 AM
I think maybe that most everyone with Fibromyalgia has adrenal fatigue, but I don't think that is necessarily goes the other way around. I have had horrible AF in the past, but I have read symptoms of Fibro and I did not have them. I have read about people having horrible pain in their joints, and muscles and I had neither.
I can say this however, my heart goes out to those that suffer from fibromyalgia; I could barely handle AF as it was.

Aaltrude
01-17-09, 12:44 AM
I don't want a drug to MCS because it would probably more harmful than the MCS. However, it is becoming more recognized as a problem and several of the books/articles I've been reading on chronic fatigue and adrenal problems say that fibromyalgia (FM), CFIDS and MCS are the same disease with different presentations. There is a lot of overlap. I saw a pulmonologist yesterday and mentioned that I was very restricted in where I could go and HE asked me when had I developed MCS. This was a pulmonary fellow at the VA hospital...so something is being said about it in medical schools.

I agree about drugs for MCS mellowsong. With the way I react to just simple vitamin supplements, I hate to think what sort of reaction I would have with any of Big Pharma's products.
Yes, research is showing that FM, CFIDS, MCS and Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) have the same route cause. The disorder that manifests depends on what part of the body is affected, often with one patient showing symptoms of several of these disorders. GWS is a combination of all three.