How do you stretch out your tailbone?

  The tailbone, or coccyx, is at the bottom of the spine and helps to support the pelvis. It is possible to injure or fracture the tailbone, causing inflammation and pain. Persistent tailbone pain is known as coccydynia. The tailbone is triangular and consists of between three and five semi-fused bones. In humans, it is a non-functioning…

What You Need to Know About Genetic and Molecular Testing

Find out which genetic and molecular tests can provide important information for you or your loved one. Editor’s note: Knowledge is power, but keeping up with all the different types of genetic and molecular tests and profiling can be daunting for even the savviest patients and their caregivers. Here, we break down the different types…

World-first melanoma blood test detects early stages of deadly skin cancer

Australian scientists say test delivers a more accurate diagnosis than the human eye Australian Associated Press  Melanoma is the fourth most common cancer in Australia. Instead of checking a patient’s skin, the world-first blood test can detect the deadly skin cancer in its early stages. Photograph: Phanie/Alamy Australian scientists have developed the world’s first blood…

Fibromyalgia: “I am 41 years old and live in the body of an old man”

  He’s always tired, and all the time he hurts. Patrick Schutz from Neuchâtel has fibromyalgia – an invisible condition that is not recognized by disability insurance. Pain, pain, nothing but pain: Patrick Schuts (41) from Neuchâtel has always the feeling that he has a flu – without fever, but with an enormous, leaden fatigue. He would…

How Does Glutamate Tie In With Fibromyalgia?

  Fibromyalgia is a really mysterious disorder, and because of that, many people have tried to find links between it and other bodily functions and problems. That being said, neurotransmitters have long been considered one of the items that likely causes issues for fibromyalgia sufferers. Glutamate is one of the many neurotransmitters that may be…

What is bruxism? How is it related to the fibromyalgia symptom cluster?

  If you have pounding headaches, an aching jaw, and episodes of TMJ – you may be experiencing bruxism. That is easy to fix by itself, but understanding what bruxism symptoms and fibromyalgia mean together is what you need to discover to make your life better. What is bruxism? Bruxism is the clinical term for…

Fibromyalgia Linked to Decreased Brain Connectivity. Study

  A new study from Sweden finds fibromyalgia is linked to abnormal activity in parts of the brain that process pain signals and link them to other regions. Dr. Pär Flodin and colleagues, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, report their findings in the journal Brain Connectivity. Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic condition…

16 ‘Taboo’ Thoughts About Fibromyalgia You’re Not the Only One Having

  It’s no secret that living with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia is complicated and challenging – but sometimes it can feel like the expectations placed upon those who are ill totally ignore this reality. If you have fibro, you may have felt pressure at times to not complain, or to put on a smile around other people, even…

16 ‘Taboo’ Thoughts About Fibromyalgia You’re Not the Only One Having

  It’s no secret that living with a chronic illness like fibromyalgia is complicated and challenging – but sometimes it can feel like the expectations placed upon those who are ill totally ignore this reality. If you have fibro, you may have felt pressure at times to not complain, or to put on a smile around other people, even…

Local Doctor Gives Hope To Fibromyalgia Sufferers

  An Evansville physician is going to the American Academy of Pain Management conference in San Antonio Wednesday, to present what could be a breakthrough finding. He suspects the chronic pain of diseases like fibromyalgia could be caused by a series of viruses. Anita Held, 64-years-old, needs a basket to hold all the pills she…

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