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Brain Fog Documented in Fibromyalgia

Published: July 10, 2012
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In this study, 30 women with fibromyalgia were compared to 30 women without fibro. Tasks requiring attention were impaired as was the "working memory," and the cognitive dysfunction ("brain fog") worsened as the testing got harder. The authors conclude, "These findings point to disrupted working memory as a specific mechanism that is disrupted." Basically, short-term memory is problematic and gets worse with stress.

MED: Fibromyalgia Is Not a Rheumatologic Disease Anymore

Published: July 10, 2012
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Dr. George Griffing, Professor of Medicine at St. Louis University and Editor-in-Chief of Internal Medicine for eMedicine, writes that "in the future, with new insights and therapies on the horizon, we will no longer need to refer our fibromyalgia patients to the rheumatologist." This is good, as most rheumatologists do not know how to address the illness effectively.

What's the Connection between Obesity and Fibromyalgia?

Published: July 10, 2012
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Research out of Norway published in Arthritis Care & Research shows that women who are overweight or obese are at a higher risk for developing fibromyalgia, especially if they don’t exercise. In a way, that’s not a surprise. Our research center has conducted two studies showing that people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia gain an average of 32½ pounds after the onset of the disease. But even though I do think being overweight can worsen the CFS/FMS, I don’t think it’s a cause.

Coenzyme Q10 Helps Fibromyalgia

Published: July 10, 2012
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Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is an essential electron carrier in the mitochondrial respiratory chain and a strong antioxidant. Low CoQ10 levels have been detected in patients with fibromyalgia (FM). The purpose of the present work was to assess the effect of CoQ10 on symptoms of five patients with FM. Patients were evaluated clinically with Visual Analogical Scale of pain (VAS), and Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ). Patients with CoQ10 deficiency showed a statistically significant reduction on symptoms after supplementing with CoQ10 for 9 months (300 mg/day).

Battling Your Disability Insurer for CFS/Fibromyalgia Benefits? You're Not Alone!

Published: July 10, 2012
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Although most insurance companies at least try to do the right thing, it seems that to some insurers "right" means whatever saves them money. This has especially been the case in CFS and fibromyalgia, as insurers find they can pay experts to say the illnesses are in your mind. This will change as new testing (including XMRV) becomes proven for CFS/FMS. Meanwhile, here is an excellent article by a disability attorney that may help you and your lawyers in your insurance battle. It also lists 4 of the worst insurance company offenders, which have been named in about 5,000 lawsuits as they try to avoid paying the money they owe.

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