Why woman feel more pain than men

Sex differences in brain activity alter pain therapies he study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that when microglia, the brain’s resident immune cells, were blocked, female response to opioid pain medication improved and matched the levels of pain relief normally seen in males. Women suffer from a higher incidence of chronic and inflammatory…

Men Needed for Fibromyalgia Vaccine Study

The start of a potentially groundbreaking study of a vaccine to treat fibromyalgia has been delayed because not enough men have volunteered to participate. Massachusetts General Hospital and EpicGenetics – a Los Angeles-based biomedical company – received FDA approval last year to enroll 300 fibromyalgia patients in a placebo controlled Phase 2 study to see…

Circadian rhythm of serum cortisol in female patients with fibromyalgia syndrome

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) patients have disturbed sleep patterns which may lead to altered circadian rhythm in serum cortisol secretion. The aim of this study was to assess circadian changes, if any, in serum cortisol levels in female patients with FMS. Cortisol levels were estimated every 6 h during 24 h period; in 40 female patients…

Pain Sensations in Fibromyalgia 

Most people with fibromyalgia experience different types of pain sensations. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can be many, but the most prominent is chronic pain. The type, level and location of the pain is  what is unique to fibromyalgia itself. You often hear me say that fibromyalgia affects multiple systems of the body, and it can…

Paresthesia and Fibromyalgia – What’s the Connection?

If you’ve ever sat with a leg tucked underneath your body or fallen asleep with one arm at an odd angle, there’s a good chance that you’ve experienced paresthesia. This is the medical term for the pins-and-needles feeling that occurs when pressure is applied to a nerve for a long period of time. It can…

7 Things to Make Traveling with Fibromyalgia Easier

Do you find traveling with fibromyalgia a big challenge due to the many variables?  Living with fibromyalgia and related conditions since a very young age, I can attest to these challenges and I would like to share some of the various tools that I use to counteract some of these and in fact, create a…

Fibromyalgia Neck Pain 

As with many other common symptoms, fibromyalgia neck pain can really be frustrating. I know, I say it often…fibromyalgia causes widespread pain and stiffness and can affect nearly any part of the body, but neck pain is still one of the more noticeable symptoms. We use our neck muscles for hundreds of small daily activities,…

Prevent Gout by Avoiding these Foods

Gout attacks can be incredibly painful and unpleasant for sufferers. This can cause them to be hospitalized for day’s even weeks. Gout problems can sign of other serious health issues. Gouts can affect the state of your metabolic health, acute pain and arthritis. Unfortunately, gout attacks often get worse over time. Rates of gout problems…

5 Essential Fibro Tips For Managing The Holiday Hustle And Bustle

The holiday season is about to provide us a break in our usual routine, but for those of us living with fibromyalgia, that can upset our apple cart. The very nature of fibromyalgia is its unpredictability, which means we must pace with vigilance. How can we use critical thinking, planning, and problem solving to meet…

Fibromyalgia Pain and Weather – What You Need to Know

You probably already suspect that fibromyalgia pain and weather changes tend to interplay with each other. As human beings, we tend to talk about the weather a lot. For many people it might be more in terms of a disruption to their planned activities or just making small talk.  However, for those of us with…

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