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Each year as flu season approaches, fibromyalgia and myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome patients ask me if they should get a flu shot. Since no research has been done on the subject, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. While most conventional doctors recommend flu vaccinations across the board, many FM and ME/CFS specialists advise their patients against getting the shot. Because of reports of severe relapses following immunization, Charles Lapp, MD, Director of the Hunter-Hopkins Center in Charlotte, NC, generally does not recommend flu shots for his fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome patients. There are, however, two exceptions: Patients who have taken flu vaccinations in the past and tolerated them well. Patients who have a serious chronic illness (such as emphysema, diabetes or heart disease ) in addition to FM or ME/CFS. Charles Shepherd, MD, a U.K. doctor who is a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s ...
Out with the old, in with the new; the world seems to revolve around this constant turnover. Sometimes new technology has a huge advantage, but sometimes the old stuff is just irreplaceable - like an old pair of jeans that fits just right and is soft from use.
Some medications from the past might be irreplaceable too. One such category of medications is the tricyclic antidepressants (TCA) . Although they are rarely used to treat depression, they are still used to treat chronic pain. Lately, the new medications on the block called the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs ) are grabbing the attention of physicians and patients around the world, leaving the TCAs nearly a forgotten memory. Is the replacement of the TCA by the SNRI justified? To answer that question, comparisons regarding effectiveness and safety must be made.
Both the old and the new antidepressants seem to be effective at treating chronic pain. Even some of the most difficult to treat pains res...
A great gift idea for someone you care about is a journal-a healing journal. Journals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Journals can be personalized and unique. All a journal really requires is a pen to write with, paper as a vehicle, and thoughts. Anyone can keep a journal, old or young. Chronicling ideas, thoughts and happenings is a healthy habit with many uses. Many types of journaling themes exist. Here are a few suggestions that allow the healing journal become the first step on a healing pathway.
Personal Journal: The simplest form of journaling is a place to write down any thoughts that come to mind. Just let your mind go and write in free form. This outlet has no rules or boundaries. This safe place is where you can fully express yourself. Go ahead and doodle if you want to because it is your journal. Open communication is the purest form of therapy.
Food Journal: Keeping a food journal is a way to monitor your eating habits. This place is where you can wri...
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