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I have long suspected that subsets of fibromyalgia existed and should be studied. I think one of the roadblocks to finding successful treatment protocols in the past has been the tendency to lump all fibromyalgia patients together. In the end, it wouldn’t surprise me if scientists discover that several different problems or deficiencies result in what we know as fibromyalgia. Thankfully, some researchers are beginning to identify FM subsets and study how various treatments might help the FM patients who fall into those subsets. Study 1: Growth hormone as concomitant treatment in severe fibromyalgia associated with low IGF-1 serum levels. There is evidence of a deficiency of functional growth hormone in a subset of FM patients, identified by low serum levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). This study investigated the efficacy and safety of administering low doses of growth hormone in addition to the standard therapy patients were already receiving. Twenty-four patien...
Many people wonder if small bumps or lumps on the body are something to worry about. The majority of lumps that appear on your body are harmless, especially the kind that feel soft and roll easily (lipomas). See skin lumps for details.
However, always be sure to show any new or changing lumps to your doctor.
Research engineers and sleep medicine specialists from two Michigan universities have issued the result of a study that discusses how a sleep study can be used to determine other sleep disorders, including insomnia and fibromyalgia .
Joseph W. Burns, a research scientist and engineer at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) also suggested that "It may even become possible for people to take sleep tests -- simpler and more effective than some of those currently available -- at home where they can sleep in their own familiar beds."
Let us look at two troublesome disorders that, although not actually sleep disorders, do tend to disrupt sleep.
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a debilitating and complex disorder. It causes severe fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, an inability to concentrate and insomnia.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder of the muscles characterized by fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tenderness.
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