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09 December, 2023

Opioid Antagonist Flops As Fibromyalgia Therapy

Patients with fibromyalgia got no more pain relief from low-dose naltrexone than from placebo in a randomized trial, researchers said, dashing hopes that the opioid receptor antagonist might succeed where others have failed.

08 December, 2023

Don’t Just Blame Boris ‘The Liar’ Johnson For Long Covid. Blame The Crooked Psychiatrists Who Fomented His Beliefs, Too.

Boris ‘the liar’ Johnson’s non-apology to people living with long Covid at the Covid Inquiry has angered many people. The former PM’s dismissal of the disease as “bollocks” arguably led to the epidemic of debilitating chronic illness we’re now witnessing. However, is he solely to blame? Or was he a victim of psychiatric propaganda of the highest order that we now need to consign to the dustbin of medical history?

08 December, 2023

Pain Management Remains Challenging For Patients With Fibromyalgia

Results of a database search revealed the management of pain symptoms remains a continued source of frustration and an unmet need for patients with fibromyalgia, according to a study published in Disability and Rehabilitation.

08 December, 2023

How Dave Clark Regained A Meaningful Life After Developing Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It's New Years Eve and parties are in full flight. Fireworks paint the sky. Happy revellers belt out Auld Lang Syne. And I miss it all, having already been in bed for hours. Living with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is like being erased. It rubs out what my brain and body can do, turning me into a reduced version of myself. Coping with this illness leaves me clawing back pieces of life in whatever ways I can. Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), more commonly known as chronic fatigue syndrome, affects up to 250,000 Australians. That's about one in every 100 people. And for 90 per cent of us, it's a disabling, lifelong condition.

07 December, 2023

University Of Oxford Researchers Use Spectroscopy And Artificial Intelligence To Create A Blood Test For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Spectroscopic technique was 91% accurate in identifying the notoriously difficult-to-diagnose disease suggesting a clinical diagnostic test for CFS may be possible.

07 December, 2023

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Unimpacted By COVID-19 Pandemic

According to standard self-reported questionnaires completed 5 years apart, the symptoms of fibromyalgia remained stable or improved during the COVID-19 pandemic. Although results were unexpected, investigators believed the findings may be related to a variety of influences including a slower life pace during the pandemic, resilience to extended stressors, and scoring significantly higher than healthy controls in all measures, which may mean changes during the pandemic could represent a regression to the mean. This data was presented at the American College of Rheumatology’s 2023 Convergence in San Diego, California.

07 December, 2023

Does It Make Sense To Still Worry About Long COVID?

With mask-wearing and social distancing long forgotten by most, is there a danger we're sleepwalking into disaster?

06 December, 2023

On Living With Chronic Pain

"I can tell you the first thing about what it’s like to live life as a stranger to your own body — to be so absolutely marred with discomfort that the feeling of being at ease is foreign. Waking up is a reminder of being a prisoner, tightly wound and carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders, literally. When I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia at the age of 14 (more commonly known as Myofascial Pain Syndrome at the time), I was told there was no cure for it. I only had the option to manage my pain cycles and live with the disorder."

06 December, 2023

Impact Of Brain On Nociplastic Pain For Fibromyalgia

Daniel J. Clauw, MD, describes the role the brain and CNS play in controlling the setting of nociplastic pain in patients with fibromyalgia and highlights increased patient sensitivity to sensory stimuli.

06 December, 2023

Woman Hit With £4,500 EDF Bill As Worker Calls Her 'Entitled And Forgets To Hang Up'

EDF Energy customer Mel is classed as 'vulnerable' due to living with fibromyalgia and was left feeling degraded when a customer service worker was heard calling her 'entitled' while contesting a £4,500 energy bill.

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