Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia Recognize the Need for Easier Path to Diagnosis and Management

July 29, 2013  |  Fibromyalgia Defined, Treatment  |  Share
Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia Recognize the Need for Easier Path to Diagnosis and Management

Our friends from McGill University came out with a whole new plan for managing fibromyalgia recently in their 2012 Canadian Guidelines for Fibromyalgia. The content is nothing earth shattering or particularly new, really, they discuss the usual diagnostic issues and the typical treatment strategies, and they're not even particularly succinct at fully 46 recommendations. So why are these guidelines so intriguing?

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Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Fibro Flare Recovery Gets a Boost with Movement

Happy Spring! Meteorologically speaking, we are fully 5 days into it! Even Punxsutawney Phil called it early this year so that's good enough for me. I don't know what all that white stuff is outside some of your windows, but I've got roses in my glasses and cherry blossoms in my heart. I'm also going to talk about fibro flares today so I figured a little overkill with the opening cheer wouldn't hurt.

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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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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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Hurricane Sandy and Other Disasters: Why Some People Emerge Swimmingly and Others Drown in Distress

October 29, 2012  |  Fibromyalgia Defined, Treatment  |  Share
Hurricane Sandy and Other Disasters: Why Some People Emerge Swimmingly and Others Drown in Distress

Hurricane Sandy floods NC...a little

Like so many people over the weekend and into today, I'm watching the path of Hurricane Sandy with curiosity and more than a little concern. For us here in North Carolina, Hurricane Sandy didn't amount to much, certainly not after Irene's direct hit and devastation last year. The weekend was windy and rainy, and we had plenty of high water, but nothing approaching evacuation-level, window-boarding doom and gloom. I can't say the same for the Northeast; and for the millions up there, including some of my own family and perhaps a few of you readers, I am concerned. I'm concerned not only for the actual, measurable damage Hurricane Sandy will surely cause, but for the insidious damage she will cause that lurks in the aftermath.

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