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Nociceptive Hyperexcitability in FM; RLS & CFS; FM Pain is Real

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FEATURES – May 14, 2003:

* Central Nociceptive Hyperexcitability Important in Fibromyalgia

* Restless Legs Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

* The Pain is Real, But is Fibromyalgia a Condition? Depends On Who You Ask


* Silicon


* Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner

* Got Questions? Here are Answers…Find them in our Chat Room


* has launched!

* Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs


* NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop


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Central Nociceptive Hyperexcitability Important in Fibromyalgia

Central nociceptive hyperexcitability may be important in fibromyalgia (FM), according to the results of a study published in the May issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. The nociceptive flexion reflex may be helpful in discriminating which FM patients would benefit from central analgesia.

Restless Legs Syndrome and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There seems to be a strong association between CFS and restless legs syndrome (RLS) – probably because of the way in which sleep is so frequently disrupted in this illness. But RLS can also be caused by conditions as varied as diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as being a potential side-effect of a number of prescription drugs.

The Pain is Real, But is Fibromyalgia a Condition? Depends On Who You Ask

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a term that meets with a lot of skepticism in the medical community. However, according to Daniel Clauw, M.D., a medical researcher at the University of Michigan School of Medicine who has been studying the persistent all-over pain that is at the core of the diagnosis of FM, it’s true what fibromyalgia patients have been saying for years. They really do hurt all over.


Silicon, an abundant trace mineral in nature, is proving to be an essential ingredient for stronger bones, better skin and more flexible joints. Including silicon in your diet may boost the benefits of calcium, glucosomine and vitamin D.

Studies with animals indicate that silicon supplementation reduces the number of osteoclast cells, thus partially preventing bone reabsorption and bone loss. Animal models for osteoporosis using estrogen deficient rats demonstrate that silicon supplementation can help prevent bone loss.

In a clinical study of 53 osteoporotic women, silicon supplementation was associated with a significant increase in the mineral bone density of the femur. The positive results of these studies suggest that silicon supplementation, along with calcium and vitamin D, may be useful in preventing bone loss. To read more about this research and the benefits of silicon, click on the link below:

Support and Inspiration in the Coping Corner!

Dealing with the day-to-day struggles of living with a chronic illness can be trying. Coping Corner is the spot where you can find the online support you need to get through your day. Featuring personal stories, advice columnist Eunice Beck, RN, book reviews, and more.

Got Questions? Here Are Answers…

Need a specialist in your location? Not sure what sleep meds are the best? Don’t know how to deal with the spouse, kids, and dog? Who better to help you than your fellow readers at When you post a question to the message board, you can be assured of speedy and helpful replies. Other people have been through the same struggles and are happy to share their wisdom. It’s easy, too!

If you’re feeling chattier, go to the chat room and ‘talk’ to others in real time. You can let people know when you’ll be there by posting a note to the message boards.

Just click on the link below to find friends and support in the message boards and chat room: has launched!

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To visit, click on the link below: Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs

Pro Health is happy to offer CFS & FM Webmaster Tools & Link Exchange Programs at! We have designed these features to enable CFS & FM sites all over the world to get connected so we can work together to share important information and resources with our readers.

We invite webmasters to post headlines for the latest CFS & FM treatments and breaking news on your websites (linking to the complete content), in addition to linking to CFS & FM events, chat forums and message boards. We also invite CFS and FM related websites to link with us. To learn more about these programs, click on the link below:

NIH to Host CFS Research Workshop

Neuro-Immune Mechanisms and CFS: Will understanding central mechanisms enhance the search for the causes, consequences and treatment of CFS?

The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a scientific workshop designed to enhance understanding of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) by examining the interface between the brain, immune system and symptoms of CFS and related disorders.

The workshop will be held June 12-13, 2003 at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel. Dr. Leslie Crofford of University of Michigan and Dr. Dedra Buchwald of University of Washington will chair.

Scientists from NIH and academic institutions, representing diverse disciplines will explore the mechanisms by which hormones, cytokines and other mediators act as intermediaries between the brain and other body systems. The potential application of new technologies in the study of these mediators and their central and peripheral actions will also be discussed. NIH intends for these deliberations to form the basis for future interdisciplinary initiatives.

Presentations will be given on the HPA axis, autonomic nervous system, neuroactive drugs, sleep, imaging studies (including PET and functional MRI scans), genomics and more. Dr. Vivian Pinn, ORWH director, will deliver opening remarks followed by introductory talks by Drs. Crofford and Buchwald.

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