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23 July, 2021

Brain Fog, Unable To Walk: Sufferers Of 'Long COVID' Wait For Answers About The Mystery Condition

'Long COVID' cases are expected to skyrocket in England post 'Freedom Day', as medical professionals and sufferers warn the impacts will plague health systems for years to come.

21 May, 2022

Brain Signal Disruption In Fibromyalgia Patients

Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome defined by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, sleep dysfunction and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia pain dysfunction involves an increased sensitivity to pain known as hyperalgesia. New research suggests that a disruption of brain signals for reward and punishment contributes to this increased pain sensitivity. The results published in Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology, suggests that it is this altered brain processing that could contribute to the widespread pain felt by people with fibromyalgia as well as the lack of response to opioid therapy in patients.

08 February, 2022

Brain Structural Changes During Juvenile Fibromyalgia: Relationships With Pain, Fatigue And Functional Disability

Juvenile fibromyalgia (JFM) is a prevalent chronic pain condition affecting children and adolescents worldwide during a critical period of brain development. To date, no published studies have addressed the pathophysiology of JFM. Here we characterize gray matter volume (GMV) alterations in JFM patients for the first time and investigate their functional and clinical relevance.

08 July, 2022

Bramley Campaigner Tackles Stigma Around Fibromyalgia With Lifeline Support Group

Bramley’s Astrid Mahon has set up a support group for people in Leeds with life-changing Fibromyalgia. She spoke to community reporter Michelle Corns about the group, which offers a lifeline to people living with the condition.

30 January, 2021

Breakthrough Virtual Reality Therapy Targets Fibromyalgia And Chronic Low Back Pain

Stanford University's Beth Darnall explains how this type of distraction therapy can reduce pain intensity as well as sleep, mood, and stress interference.

11 August, 2021

Bringing Disability & Food Justice To The Fibromyalgia Community

The Fibromyalgia Care Society of America (FCSA) has launched the nation's first fresh boxed food delivery program for people living with Fibromyalgia.

03 October, 2020

Brits Describe Their Long-Covid Symptoms That Cause Crippling Pain For Months

17 July, 2021

Burnham-On-Sea Artist Donates Pet Portrait To Winner Of ‘Pawfect Virtual Bake Off’

Burnham-On-Sea artist Felicity Franks has donated a pet portrait to the winner of an online baking competition.

23 September, 2021

Burnham-On-Sea Artist Joins Judging Panel For Charitable Bake Off

Burnham-On-Sea artist Felicity Franks is set to judge an online baking competition and has donated a unique portrait to the winner. The Pawfect Virtual Bake Off, organised by Bake4MECFS, raises funds for medical research organisation the Open Medicine Foundation.

13 January, 2022

Bye-Bye Fight Or Flight? Hello Better Blood Flows? Stellate Ganglion Blocks, Long COVID, And ME/CFS/FM/POTS

A procedure developed in the 1930s that shoots anaesthetics into big nerve bodies found on each side of the neck? Does that sound sketchy or what? It’s reported, though, to be quite safe and it aims to do two potentially important things in long COVID, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and related diseases: calm down the sympathetic nervous system and restore blood flows. It’s called stellate ganglion block (SGB) and it was just tried in long COVID.

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