WE NEED A HERO, Part 3

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There are many theories about what causes fibromyalgia /chronic fatigue. There is a doctor who thinks it is caused by a deficiency of vitamin D and one who thinks it is caused by too much vitamin D. There is one who thinks it is caused by a thyroid deficiency and some who think it is triggered by infection. Some suggest that it is just an over-sensitivity to pain signals in the brain. Others blame flouride, inflammatory foods or toxins in the environment or stress hormones…

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WE NEED A HERO, Part 2

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I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia about ten years ago. In looking back, I realize that many traits that didn’t seem to be related were all part of one syndrome. When I was in high school, I would have to lie down to rest after walking home from school. I was the only one who went back to my room to brush my teeth after lunch in college, and yet I was the one who needed frequent dental work. Wool was intolerably scratchy, and the tags…

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WE NEED A HERO

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It’s official. Fibromyalgia is real. How do I know? Because I just saw an ad for a drug to treat it. Lyrica (pregabalin) is now allowed to claim that it may help patients with fibromyalgia (FMS). When The New York Times ran the story on January 14, 2008, the headline was: “Drug Approved. Is Disease Real?” In clinical trials Lyrica has been shown to reduce pain by about 2 points on a scale of 10, compared to 1 point for a placebo. It has significant…

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