Activate Now
 
ProHealth health Vitamin and Natural Supplement Store and Health
Home  |  Log In  |  My Account  |  View Cart  View Your ProHealth Vitamin and Supplement Shopping Cart
800-366-6056  |  Contact Us  |  Help
Facebook Google Plus
Fibromyalgia  Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & M.E.  Lyme Disease  Natural Wellness  Supplement News  Forums  Our Story
Store     Brands   |   A-Z Index   |   Best Sellers   |   New Products   |   Deals & Specials   |   Under $10   |   SmartSavings Club

Trending News

Patient Insights into the Design of Technology to Support a Strengths-Based Approach to Health Care.

SURVEY: Weight Management & Chronic Illness

Japanese green tea consumers have reduced risk of dementia

Do Nothing, Accomplish Everything! The Connection Between Breathing and Healing

Meet the ProHealth Editors

Best Herbs to Help With Insomnia

Choline: Why You Should Eat Your Egg Yolks and Take Krill

Calcium, vitamin D supplementation associated improved stroke recovery

Acupressure reduced fatigue in breast cancer survivors

Don't Skimp on Your Skin — Try Rosehip Oil Now

 
Print Page
Email Article

Is Chiari-1 Malformation Associated with Fibromyalgia? – Source: Neurosurgery, Nov 30, 2010

  [ 6 votes ]   [ Discuss This Article ]
By NF Watson, et al. • www.ProHealth.com • December 21, 2010


[Note: Chiari-1 malformation is when a bony compartment at the base of the skull is too small or malformed, causing some degree of herniation of the lower brain into the spinal canal and putting pressure on the brainstem and spinal cord. In the past it was speculated that this might cause many cases of ME/CFS and FM, for which corrective surgery could be therapeutic.]  

Background: The symptoms of Chiari I Malformation (CIM) and fibromyalgia (FM) overlap. Some FM patients have been surgically treated for presumed CIM-type pathology.

Objective: To determine if CIM is more common among FM patients than pain- and fatigue-free controls.

Methods: 176 participants with FM and 67 pain- and fatigue-free controls underwent magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and upper cervical spine. Posterior fossa CSF flow was assessed with cardiac gated cine phase-contrast imaging at the craniocervical region.

CIM was defined as:

1) Inferior extension of cerebellar tonsils 5 mm or more below the basion-opisthion line of the foramen magnum, or

2) Tonsillar position 3-5 mm below the basion-opisthion line plus abnormalities of CSF flow, posterior fossa volume, or hindbrain or cervical spinal cord movement.

Visual analog scales, questionnaires, and interviews were used to collect data on sleep quality, fatigue, pain, and headache. We used regression techniques to examine the association of outcome measures with disease status, and Fisher's exact test to compare the CIM prevalence in the 2 groups.

Results: The FM group was older (mean age 50 vs. 40 years), and more likely to be Caucasian (89% vs. 73%) and female (93% vs. 54%; p-values < 0.01).

Mean tonsillar position and the prevalence of CIM (2.8% vs. 4.5%; p=0.69) was similar in the FM and control groups.

FM patients experienced more headaches, pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances than controls (p-values < 0.01).

Conclusion: Most patients with FM do not have CIM pathology. Future studies should focus on dynamic neuroimaging of craniocervical neuroanatomy in patients with FM.

Source: Neurosurgery, Nov 30, 2010. PMID: 21135714, by Watson NF, Buchwald D, Goldberg J, Maravilla KR, Noonan C, Guan Q, Ellenbogen RG. Departments of Neurology, Medicine, and Epidemiology, Seattle VA Epidemiologic Research and Information Center; Depts of Radiology and Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA.





Post a Comment

Featured Products From the ProHealth Store
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Mitochondria Ignite™ with NT Factor®

Looking for Vitamins, Herbs and Supplements?
Search the ProHealth Store for Hundreds of Natural Health Products


Article Comments



Be the first to comment on this article!

Post a Comment


 
Natural Pain Relief Supplements

Featured Products

Vitamin D3 Extreme™ Vitamin D3 Extreme™
50,000 IU Vitamin D3 - Prescription Strength
Ultra ATP+, Double Strength Ultra ATP+, Double Strength
Get energized with malic acid & magnesium
Optimized Curcumin Longvida® Optimized Curcumin Longvida®
Supports Cognition, Memory & Overall Health
Energy NADH™ 12.5mg Energy NADH™ 12.5mg
Improve Energy & Cognitive Function
Ultra EPA  - Fish Oil Ultra EPA - Fish Oil
Ultra concentrated source of essential fish oils

Natural Remedies

SAD? Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD? Coping with Seasonal Affective Disorder
Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine Natural Support for Mood, Sleep and Mental Focus? L-theanine
Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial Mitochondria-Booster NIAGEN® Shows Promise in First Human Clinical Trial
Enhance Eyelashes Naturally Enhance Eyelashes Naturally
Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed Fight Inflammation and Promote Cognitive Health with High-OPC Grape Seed

CONTACT US
ProHealth, Inc.
555 Maple Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
(800) 366-6056  |  Email

· Become a Wholesaler
· Vendor Inquiries
· Affiliate Program
SHOP WITH CONFIDENCE
Credit Card Processing
SUBSCRIBE AND SAVE 15% NOW*
Be the first to know about new products, special discounts and the latest health news. *New subscribers only

CONNECT WITH US ProHealth on Facebook  ProHealth on Twitter  ProHealth on Pinterest  ProHealth on Google Plus

© 2016 ProHealth, Inc. All rights reserved. Pain Tracker App  |  Store  |  Customer Service  |  Guarantee  |  Privacy  |  Contact Us  |  Library  |  RSS  |  Site Map