Self-assessed physical function levels of women with fibromyalgia a national survey - Source: Womens Health Issues, Sep-Oct 2008
"The average woman in this sample reported having less functional ability related to activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living than the average community-dwelling woman in her 80s."
I know exactly how that feels, I may look ok but if I overstep the "pace" of day to day life carrying out even the most basic tasks and activities that most people consider just part of a normal day before work and leisure become a painfl ordeal for me.
Today for example I plan to plant some spring bulbs to give me something to look forward to through the dark days of winter but I know I will end up having to sit on the wet grass and scrape holes barely deep enough as just 5 to 10 mins of bending in the garden results in very painful legs and arms and the likelyhood of waking up tomorrow hrting all over...
so I end up living a very little life. . .isolted and in pain.
: "'Womans Hour' on Radio 4 features Fibromyalgia
BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour will be carrying out a piece on Fibromyalgia on Monday 8th September between 10am and 10.45am as part of FMA UK's Awareness Week.
It will be featuring FMA UK Medical Advisory Board member Dr Ernest Choy, a consultant Rheumatologist and Director of Research and Development at King's College Hospital. It will also feature Janet Horton FMA UK trustee (you will also know her from the benefits helpline and the forum), and Barbara a sufferer."
Neuro News|Hippocampal dysfunction may explain fibromyalgia syndrome symptoms | Radiology News | Radiology Articles | Medical Imaging News | Healthcare News | Source: Reuters
: "A paper in the July issue of the Journal of Rheumatology suggests that hippocampus dysfunction may explain some symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome.
Dr. Yasser Emad, of Cairo University, Egypt, and colleagues used proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) to examine hippocampal function in 15 patients with fibromyalgia syndrome and ten healthy age-matched controls."
The rsearchers concluded: ""The hippocampus was dysfunctional in patients with fibromyalgia, as shown by lower NAA levels..., representing neuronal or axonal metabolic dysfunction," the investigators conclude. "As the hippocampus plays crucial roles in maintenance of cognitive functions, sleep regulation, and pain perception, we suggest that metabolic dysfunction of hippocampus may be implicated in the appearance of these symptoms associated with this puzzling syndrome."
Recent research into fibromyalgia....What A Sleep Study Can Reveal About Fibromyalgia
: "MTRI's first opportunities to apply quantitative analysis, remote sensing technology and computer algorithms to clinical challenges, said Burns. 'In this case, our analyses of sleep stage dynamics suggest potential clinical relevance,' he noted. Newly explored measures of sleep fragmentation seem to correlate - at least in this study - with levels of pain reported by fibromyalgia patients."