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Faster, simpler diagnosis for fibromyalgia may be on the horizon

From sciencedaily.com

Researchers have developed a reliable way to use a finger-stick blood sample to detect fibromyalgia syndrome, a complicated pain disorder that often is difficult to diagnose.
If it were someday made available to primary care physicians, the test could knock up to five years off of the wait for a…

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over 5 years
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Benefits of Laughter for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

From about.com

We've all heard the cliche about laughter being the best medicine. You might be surprised to hear that medical science actually backs that up, and that laughter has been shown to cause multiple physiological changes that may be beneficial to those of us with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome…

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almost 6 years

Blood in the Brain & Fibromyalgia Pain Processing

By Adrienne Dellwo — From about.com

— New research provides additional evidence of a hyperactive brain response to pain in fibromyalgia, including the emotional and cognitive aspects of the illness.
Researchers studied cerebral blood flow during acute pain in 25 women with fibromyalgia and 25 healthy participants. To induce pain, they exposed participants' forearms…

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almost 6 years
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Restless Leg Syndrome Linked to Fibromyalgia

By Jennifer Davis — From arthritistoday.org

— Restless leg syndrome is about 10 times more common in people with fibromyalgia than those without, which might be one reason people with fibromyalgia often report difficulty sleeping, according to research.
“Restless leg syndrome can be associated with a number of primary disorders, such as anemia and…

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almost 6 years
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Anger and Sadness Increase Pain in Women With and Without Fibromyalgia

By Jennifer Davis — From arthritistoday.org

— Researchers who set out to understand the role emotions play in fibromyalgia pain may have ended up dispelling a myth – that women with fibromyalgia are more emotionally sensitive than women who don’t have the condition.
Scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands asked 121 women to…

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almost 6 years

Tracking Your Symptoms

From about.com

Tracking Your Symptoms It's difficult to diagnose, treat or live with fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS). The symptoms are many and they can fluctuate like crazy — one day you feel pretty good, the next you can barely walk, the next you're OK physically but just…

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almost 6 years

10 Important Lifestyle Changes for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

By Adrienne Dellwo — From about.com

— When you have fibromyalgia (FMS) or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS), you hear a lot about the need for lifestyle changes. That's a pretty broad term, and the very thought can be overwhelming. What do you need to change? How much do you need to…

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almost 6 years
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Rheumatic Diseases that Are Often Misdiagnosed

By Brenda Goodman — From arthritistoday.org

— Many rheumatic diseases have symptoms that overlap, and blood tests are rarely conclusive. While there are no data to show which rheumatic diseases are most commonly misdiagnosed, here are some that are well-known for being tricky to detect. Doctors often arrive at these diagnoses by ruling…

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almost 6 years
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Being Overweight, Inactive Tied to Increased Fibromyalgia Risk

By Jennifer Davis — From arthritistoday.org

— A study suggests that being overweight or inactive may increase a woman’s risk of developing fibromyalgia – a condition characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue.
The 2009 study also found that regular physical activity may be somewhat protective when it comes to muscle pain. Women in…

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almost 6 years
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Obesity | Fibromyalgia Pain | Arthritis Today Magazine

By Jennifer Davis — From arthritistoday.org

— Researchers who set out to understand the role emotions play in fibromyalgia pain may have ended up dispelling a myth – that women with fibromyalgia are more emotionally sensitive than women who don’t have the condition.
Scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands asked 121 women to…

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almost 6 years