Researchers say pain from fibromyalgia is real

Not that it’s news to those of us who have it, but it’s good to be val­i­dat­ed! Fibromyal­gia often has been mis­di­ag­nosed as arthri­tis or even a psy­cho­log­i­cal issue. Increas­ing­ly, though, the sci­en­tif­ic knowl­edge about fibromyal­gia is grow­ing, and a new paper from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Health Sys­tem says there are “over­whelm­ing data” that […]

The Neurology of Chronic Pain

My Pain, My Brain by Melanie Thern­strom gives us a look at a study being done at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. Sub­jects view an area of the brain that is involved in the per­cep­tion of pain via a func­tion­al mag­net­ic res­o­nance imag­ing (fMRI) machine and under­go train­ing sim­i­lar to biofeed­back in which they prac­tice direct­ly con­trol­ling that […]

I Knew It Was Too Early for Senior Moments

Chron­ic pain may per­ma­nent­ly shrink the brain The North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty team had pre­vi­ous­ly shown patients with back pain had decreased activ­i­ty in the same brain region called the thal­a­mus. This area is known to be impor­tant in deci­­sion-mak­ing and social behav­iour. The team’s cur­rent study in the Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science sug­gests some of the changes may […]

Friday Frittering

I’ve nev­er had a rea­son to walk into a Bath & Body Works store before. Now I know they car­ry Burt’s Bees prod­ucts, so I do. shad­owkatt got some in her Christ­mas stock­ing last year and has loved them, so I think we’ll go on a girly trip when we get mon­ey. Sam­ba stopped talk­ing to […]

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