Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 


What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is Real, but just what is Fibromyalgia? The exact causes of this illness are not known yet, and there is no wide consensus about the symptoms and diagnosis of this intractable disease. Many people are not even aware of the condition.  Some recent studies and research posit a correlation between changes in the central nervous system and the chronic pain and fatigue symptoms that come with fibromyalgia. There are also similarities with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome which results  from a failure of the adrenal glands to efficiently produce hormones necessary for regulating the body's stress response.  The manifestation of fibromyalgia often mimic or overlap the symptoms of these and other conditions.

However, the problem and prognosis are much more complex and multi-dimensional, and open to errors of hasty diagnosis and unnecessary, often harmful, treatment regimen. Not long ago, doctors often branded the illness  "yuppie flu" and dismissed the symptoms as hypochondriacal exaggerations, stemming from dietary and lifestyle irregularities, obesity, sleeping problems, and so on. Some even suspected alcohol or prescription drug abuse  to account for the often groggy state  of the patient without fully recognizing the role of memory problems and cognitive dysfunctions  associated nowadays with this  "fibro fog". 


Conventional Treatment, Cure or Relief

Until recently there were no officially recognized treatment option or cure, except palliative care. In 2007, FDA approved Lyrica, the first drug to be approved specifically for Fibromyalgia. Cymbalta - originally approved for treating deprssion - was approved in 2008 for Fibromyalgia as well; this was followed by Savella in 2009.

However, some analysts and medical experts have expressed doubts and misgiving about the efficacy or applicability of these drugs. Furthermore, the reaction among some of the long-suffering patients have been mixed, often bordering on bitterness and sheer disillusionment at the let down.   It is understandable that the big drug ompanies, having spent a lot of money on research and development, would promote these drugs as the next major breakthrough; but that does not help the patients. In fact, according to tne National Fibromyalgia Association, the drugs do not cure fibromyalgia, only alleviate some of the symptoms, and improve functioning of  normal life, which most sufferers have been doing with cheaper non-prescription painkillers anyway. 

Apart from the big respectable corporate sites like those of the drug conglomerates, the WorldWideWeb is teeming with millions of pages touting all sorts of drugs and miracle cures, very few genuine, but mostly  empty hypes, some outright fraud. In that babel of conflicts and contradictions, the Medline Plus site from the National Institute of Health (DHHS) is a rarity - an impartial and sane authority on health topics. They do not endorse nor refute the drugmakers' claims, instead concluding that there is no proven prevention or cure for fibromyalgia, but over the years the management of the symptoms can be improved with some  drugs, combined with sensible care, diet and a healthy lifestyle. Indeed the jury is still out. 


Alternatives

When all else fails, the desperate sufferer will turn to  alternatives, not always prudent but arguably the last resort for someone with nothing else to lose.In order to avoid any further pitfalls an informed decision is of utmost importance in such cases; as the saying goes: knowledge is power! The web is full of dross  co-existing with genuinely useful resources. The point is to cull these. That is the raison d'Ítre of this site.

Holistic Online : This is one of the most respected sites with no ax to grind, but with balanced informative  advice and  pointers to helpful practical alternatives. Bookmark it.

Treating & Beating Fibromyalgia: The Patient's Manual. Thousands of patients have been known to have benefitted from this program devised by a physician specialising in this field. A very honest and frank approach that does not ignore the patient's viewpoint.  

Stop Fibromyalgia Pain: From a different angle, thie e-book is by a retired Nurse who has seen and cared for trauma patients of all kinds, and has been stiicken herself and forced to early retirement. Highly regarded in the online marketplace.

Pain Free Forever: The Bowen Therapy Training Manual is not limited to Fibromyalgia only but is an effective alternative approach to alleviating back pain, muscle aches, arthritic pain and a host of other conditions. Based on the principle of physical activity and self-reliance, this course has been hugely successful in Australia and Great Britain.

Natural Cure to Fibromyalgia: Really a no-brainer,  this guide promotes healthy living, exercise, diet and detoxification of the body - the truly natural cure!. You can't go wrong.


And the winner is...

Hopefully the patients, but the prospects are not very clear. Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, the drug companies have made considerable progress in research and innovations, while the proponents of the alternative approach have been  serving more useful and focussed information and guides. Try the  John Hopkins Health Alerts  as one way of keeping abreast of the developments in this field. Also re-visit from time to time the Medline Plus or Holistic Online sites mentioned above.  








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