Brain Scans Show Fibromyalgia Patients Process Pain Differently

New study results on how people living with fibro process pain:

Brain scans reveal that people with fibromyalgia are not as able to prepare for pain as healthy people, and they are less likely to respond to the promise of pain relief.

This altered brain processing could explain why people with the mysterious chronic ailment feel pain more intensely and don’t respond as well to narcotic painkillers, the researchers said. Their findings are published in the Nov. 5 issue of the journalArthritis & Rheumatism.

People without fibromyalgia can mentally alleviate some types of pain that people experience, explained Dr. Lynn Webster, president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. “For people with fibromyalgia, that capability seems to be dampened if not eliminated,” Webster said. “They may not be able to respond the same way to medications or our intrinsic [natural] mechanisms for dealing with pain.”

No one knows what causes fibromyalgia, which involves widespread joint and muscle pain. The disorder affects 3.4 percent of women and 0.5 percent of men in the United States, according to the study. Older women are most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia, which affects more than 7 percent of women aged 60 to 79.

Read the full article at WebMD.

What’s Wrong With Autism Speaks?

Really important post – please read.

Emma's Hope Book

When my daughter was diagnosed, we heard about Autism Speaks.  Their message supported everything else we were reading and hearing about autism, so I didn’t spend much time thinking about what they were saying or who they were involved with or even what they were doing with all the money they received.  In fact, we gave money to them during those early years.  When friends and family asked who they should donate money to, I encouraged them to give to Autism Speaks.

“Autism Speaks has a long and continued pattern of exclusion of Autistic voices from its work on autism. As an organization without a single Autistic person on its board of directors, Autism Speaks is the last group our nation’s leaders should be entrusting with the creation of a “national plan to address autism”. ~ ASAN (Autistic Self Advocacy Network)

“No reasonable person would dare suggest that an organization…

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The “Joy Gene”

Joy's Turn

Are some people naturally more joyful than others?  Is joy part of our genetic makeup? We all have times in our lives when we feel sad, down, despondent, but can it be that some people were created to be full of joy and others were not?  You’ve met them; the people who can dampen the moods of everyone around them.  Do our circumstances dictate our joy or is it truly similar to a muscle, like I mentioned before?  A muscle some were possibly born without.  Can we decide to build joy in our lives despite our circumstances?  Is it an underused resource??????

I’ll let you in on a little secret here….  I’m not a naturally optimistic person.  In fact, I can be quite cynical.  Today for instance, I was watching a youtube video with my daughter.  She had come across this couple that pulls practical jokes on each other, films…

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