HOW DID FIBROMYALGIA EVER BECOME A BRAIN DISEASE? DISENTANGLING CONJECTURE AND TRUTH

Introduction In his seminal book Propaganda (1928) Edward Bernays [1891-1995] observed: “The conscious intelligent manipulation of the organized opinions and habits of the masses is an important element in a democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the ruling power in our society.” As this article …

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DRY NEEDLING FOR MUSCULOSKELETAL PAIN: THE “NEW” HOMEOPATHY

Samuel Hahnemann was the originator of homeopathy, a system of medical treatment devised under the principle summed up by the phrase, “like is cured by like” [Hahnemann 1796]. Drugs which when given to healthy persons cause certain specific symptoms are to be given to patients when they present to their doctors with the very same …

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Behold the Mighty Trigger Point

Some clinicians are still endeavoring to prove that myofascial pain is a distinct localised clinical entity attributable to “trigger points” (TrPs) within muscles if not also other soft tissues. There are others who continue to propose that the pain of FMS (fibromyalgia syndrome) “is largely composed of pain arising, at least partially, from TrPs” [Fernández-de-Las-Penãs …

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MORE TROUBLE IN THE LAND OF THE TRIGGER POINT

Introduction Some clinicians have suggested that myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) might be responsible for the widespread pain that characterises fibromyalgia [2,4], thus conflating two controversial constructs, one of which has been refuted [5,6]. Because the nature of the trigger point (TrP) has been a controversial issue for many years, notwithstanding its refutation, any attempt to …

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Has Your Fascia Freaked Out?

The belief that painful lesions exist within the muscle and/or fascia of those with fibromyalgia remains a popular one, despite the absence of any supporting pathophysiological evidence. But, to be entirely fair, the very name of the condition suggests that such an association might indeed exist. However, the upshot of this incorrect belief is that …

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Why “Centralized” Is Unacceptable As A Descriptor For The Pain Of Fibromyalgia

Why “Centralized” Is Unacceptable As A Descriptor For The Pain Of Fibromyalgia The search is on for a third pain descriptor for chronic pain that is more appropriate for the large group of people whose pain is not associated with tissue damage (i.e. “nociceptive pain”) or with demonstrable nerve damage (i.e. “neuropathic pain”). A recent …

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FIBROMYALGIA AND THE SARNO CONNECTION

Have you struggled with chronic pain or another medically unexplained symptom for a long time? Have you tried everything to alleviate your pain, but nothing worked? Have you had doctors tell you they “just can’t find anything wrong?” Then you may have Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS). TMS is a condition that causes real physical symptoms …

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LA DOULOU (Provençal word for pain)

Many patients with fibromyalgia are desperately seeking out non-drug measures to relieve their pain and improve their quality of life. This article was inspired by the struggles of one of France’s most eminent 19th century writers against his unfortunate predicament. His eloquent words will resonate with all who suffer chronic pain. — John Quintner LA …

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