Fibromyalgia and the immune system

I have a nasty cold. And so do others in the household. My sister-in-law had to go to the ER and did the COVID test. She does not have it. She does have pneumonia though and severe asthma. So good no COVID, bad that it is pneumonia. I have the same cold, because I catch … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and the immune system

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: Quality of life impact

May 12th is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. The day I talk about Fibromyalgia More than usual to spread awareness and reduce stigma. A brief history of my Fibromyalgia story Back in the day as a kid I complained about knee pain, I had horrible insomnia, and a lot of fatigue for someone my age. Just tired … Continue reading Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: Quality of life impact

Fibromyalgia: high pain, coping and mental illness

I want to mention this study because it makes a very good point about the need for acceptance and resiliency that comes from acceptance in coping with fibromyalgia. And also the complications mental illness puts on acceptance. The study: Patients With Fibromyalgia Reporting Severe Pain but Low Impact of the Syndrome: Clinical and Pain-Related Cognitive … Continue reading Fibromyalgia: high pain, coping and mental illness

Fibromyalgia small fiber neuropathy

There was older research on this topic Small-fiber neuropathy and fibromyalgia. But the studies have been small and different in criteria. So what could we really say about this issue and fibromyalgia? Something anyway? But with more research, it has become clear small fiber neuropathy (SFN) has a role to play with fibromyalgia. So now we … Continue reading Fibromyalgia small fiber neuropathy

Fibromyalgia: Inflammation in the brain

There has been research to suggest that fibromyalgia is a neuro-inflammation condition... what is causing that... not known.  In the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity there was research showing widespread inflammation in the brain of people with fibromyalgia done by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers (with a team at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden) Widespread Inflammation in Brains … Continue reading Fibromyalgia: Inflammation in the brain

Fibromyalgia and stress in women

Lower stress predicts significant pain improvement in fibromyalgia Keep in mind: “On the other hand, factors such as being a woman, having lower education, high body mass index (BMI), higher levels of depression and anxiety, worse sleep, being former smoker or having other concomitant disorders have been found to predict an increased risk of still … Continue reading Fibromyalgia and stress in women