Why Can’t I Get Better? Solving the Mystery of Lyme and Chronic Disease

From one of the country’s foremost doctors comes a ground-breaking book about diagnosing, treating and healing Lyme, and peeling away the layers that lead to chronic disease. You may not know that you have Lyme. It can mimic every disease process including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, autoimmune conditions like MS, psychiatric conditions like depression and anxiety, and cause significant memory and concentration problems, mimicking early dementia. It is called the “Great Imitator,” and inaccurate testing-combined with a fierce, ongoing debate that questions chronic infection-makes it difficult for sufferers to find effective care.

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The Common Threads of Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

More than half of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia fit the bill for chronic fatigue syndrome, too. Are they really just the same disease? Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are both illnesses characterized by extreme amounts of fatigue. In fact, the conditions seem to be so intertwined that the medical community continues to debate whether fibromyalgia fatigue is simply a different expression of the same disorder that causes CFS. Statistically, fibromyalgia fatigue occurs in more Americans than chronic fatigue syndrome. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believes there are about 5 million people in the United States with fibromyalgia, compared with a little over 1 million people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Still, research has found that the line between fibromyalgia fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome is a very thin one. The Arthritis Foundation estimates that 50 to 70 percent of people with fibromyalgia also fit the criteria of chronic fatigue syndrome.

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10 Important Lifestyle Changes for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

10 Important Lifestyle Changes for Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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 change? Where should you start?

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Brain Fog/Fibro Fog in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome What Causes It & What to Do About It

Brain Fog/Fibro Fog in Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome What Causes It & What to Do About It

Brain fog (also called fibro fog or cognitive dysfunction) is one of the most common complaints of people with fibromyalgia (FMS) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS or ME/CFS). For many, it can be severe and can have just as big an impact on their lives as pain or fatigue. In fact, some people say brain fog is more of a disability than their physical symptoms.
What Causes Brain Fog?

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When Nobody Believes You

When Nobody Believes You

“It’s all in your head.”
“Your doctors are wrong.”
“You don’t really feel as bad as you say you do.”
“You must not really be in that much pain because you look fine.”
These words are far too common in the ears of chronic pain patients. They can make one feel isolated, alone, and as if nobody cares.
One of my patients told me the other day, “My husband doesn’t believe I’m in as much pain as I say I am. He thinks it’s all psychological.”

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Living with Pain: Is the War on Pain Patients a Human Rights Violation?

Living with Pain: Is the War on Pain Patients a Human Rights Violation?

When we read about human rights violations, we usually think of Russia, China or third world countries. We rarely think of the United States. Yet here in the U.S. we are involved in a war on chronic pain patients that is especially egregious in Washington state and Florida.

This war on pain patients is waged by the Drug Enforcement Administration, federal and state prosecutors, politicians and government agencies. Their efforts are bolstered by special interest groups, which have joined with legislators in their unbalanced efforts to reduce the amounts of available opioid analgesics and to limit the number of people who have access to these powerful pain relievers.
The rationale for this war is that over the past decade there has been quite an increase in opioid analgesic prescribing, which authorities blame for the growing problem of diversion, addiction, accidental overdose and death. The thinking is that if prescriptions are limited, then the associated problems with these medicines will be ameliorated.

The special interest groups point to a few research reports indicating that a large portion of patients taking these medicines become addicted. But the available research on this is spotty and not yet well developed to make any conclusions.

Since the passage of legislation in Washington, pain patients have been dropped by their physicians and denied opioid prescriptions by cowed pharmacies worried about being closed by the DEA. Physicians who previously treated people with intractable pain are turning away patients as they fear scrutiny and the possible loss of their licenses to practice.

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