Archive for November, 2012

Neuroimaging of Pain: What It Can Tell Us and What It Can’t

November 29, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined  |  Share
Neuroimaging of Pain: What It Can Tell Us and What It Can't

When you are injured or ill, it is not uncommon for your doctor to order an MRI to take a closer look. Perhaps she'll see the extent or exact location of your injured tissues. Or she may identify a tumor or lesion that is causing your symptoms. The pictures have become impressively detailed and dimensional, bordering on art. As a diagnostic tool, neuroimaging has come a long way for so many purposes...except for chronic pain. You knew it was coming.

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Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

November 18, 2012  |  Behavior Change, Exercise, Activity, Getting Started  |  Share
Have a Plan: How to Become More Active When You Have Fibromyalgia

I've often yammered about my love of, support for and belief in all things physical activity. The benefits, the reasons...the benefits. I even educated myself in physical activity, I love it that much. I've suggested a few ways to get or keep you motivated. I've also suggested a few types of activities you could try, like Tai Chi or more structured exercise and activities of daily living. Recently, following a great question from one of you fabulous, curious people with fibromyalgia, I thought it high time for a bit of a "how-to" for physical activity. The need for a plan. Enough of this talking around physical activity, how do you actually get it done?

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Life Expectancy Gets a Huge Boost with Exercise

November 12, 2012  |  Exercise, Activity  |  Share
Life Expectancy Gets a Huge Boost with Exercise

Green sea turtles have life expectancy up to 80 yrs due to excessive swimming.

Here's a little quiz for you - nothing fancy and no prizes for being right (I know, I'm cheap), but who do you think is better off - someone who is obese and exercises? Or someone who is a healthy weight and is sedentary? Here's a hint - the title of this post is sort of a giant clue. Here's the second quiz question (still no loot for right answers) - why does this matter for fibromyalgia pain?

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Visceral Pain Takes the World’s Stage: What It Is and How It’s Getting Attention

November 4, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined  |  Share
Visceral Pain Takes the World's Stage: What It Is and How It's Getting Attention

Buongiorno, yet again, my friends! No, sadly, I'm not back in Italy; but today's post puts me in the mind of the IASP meeting I attended there in August because the International Association for the Study of Pain is once again influencing the field of pain research and treatment. This year, October 2012 - October 2013, marks the Global Year Against Visceral Pain. Par-tay! (so this may not be the flavor they were going for but it's kind of exciting anyway.) IASP announced this 12-month campaign, which will bring global attention to pain that originates in or near YOUR internal organs.

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