Tag: fibromyalgia

The link between sleep and chronic pain according to a recent animal based study.

The link between sleep and chronic pain according to a recent animal-based study. In 1990, when a committee reviewed all the chronic pain cases that resulted in the disease eventually called fibromyalgia, the link to sleep was notable. After many years of treating chronic pain, and polymyalgia cases, very few fibromyalgia-diagnosed cases were a good fit for the diagnosis. However, in most of the cases, sleep was affected. Perhaps this is why Lyrica became a central part of the medical treatment of this now-created disease.  Lyrica was a prescription sleep aid used in Europe and apparently, it helped somewhat with Read More »

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Fibromyalgia: Understanding the Connection

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome vs Fibromyalgia: Understanding the Connection An estimated 10 million Americans suffer from the pain and exhaustion of fibromyalgia. Whereas only 1.7 million struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome. But the reality is that these two diseases are so similar, with many overlapping characteristics. So can these numbers not be combined to represent a large portion of Americans who suffer from some form of chronic pain and fatigue? Perhaps so. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are so intertwined they are often misdiagnosed as each other. The term fibromyalgia fatigue has even been coined as an expression of the same disorder that causes CFS. Read More »

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?

Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong? Pain is feared by many of us and the healthcare system has created mechanisms to control it through medications, surgeries and medical procedures. Is pain a disease, an illness or a warning mechanism that something is wrong?   Can it be that the medical system has gotten it wrong for years resulting in opioid addiction, side effects and medical procedures that were costly and provided little benefit or may have been avoidable altogether? Medicine has classified pain as an illness which makes it possible to prescribe medications Read More »

Chiropractors and other conservative providers reduce opioid use according to a new study.

Chiropractors and other conservative providers reduce opioid use according to a new study. High profile manufacturers such as Johnson and Johnson continue to go to court because of their part in the opioid crisis, yet the problem could not have occurred without insurers and medical providers who did not understand why their patients hurt. Ironically, professions such as chiropractic have the tools to help these patients without the use of drugs or surgeries, yet, their talents are underutilized in favor of more costly and risky methods, drugs, and procedures. Giving somebody medication for the relief of pain, while ignoring the Read More »

Evidence suggests most people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed.

Evidence suggests most people diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia is a classification that was added in 1990 by Rheumatologists to describe a painful condition where the pain the patients reported was extreme compared to the clinical signs found on evaluation.  They had traits in common including tender points as well as sleep disturbances. Rheumatologists have little training in the diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain, however, they created this category which they referred to as Fibromyalgia.  Once the category was established, the condition Fibromyalgia was considered a disease and drugs such as Lyrica were recommended for the alleviation of the symptoms. Read More »