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Home - Overview FMS, CFS & CSS
*Fibromyalgia (FMS)
*Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
*Facts - FMS & CFS
*Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS)
*Familiar Symptoms

FMS, CFS & CSS Overview
*Other illness that may occur with FM or CFS
*Central Sensitivity Syndrome
*Research Continues

Central Sensitivity Syndrome Home

Hypersensitive Senses
*Touch
*Sight
*Hearing
*Smell
*Taste

Hypersensitive Organs, Tissues, Joints Etc.
*Skin
**External Skin
**Internal Skin
**Oral Skin or Tissues
*Eyes
**Hypersensitivity to Light
**Eyewear
**Visual Distortions
**Pain – Headaches
*Heart
*Digestive System
**Irritable Bladder
**Irritable Bowel
**Liver
**Stomach
*Joint & Bone Pain
**Knees
**Ankles
**Hands
**Hips
**Teeth
**Coccyx/Tailbone
**Spinal

Muscular Hypersensitivity
*Head - Headaches
*Neck
*Jaw
*Cranial – Eyes & Face
*Gums
*Shoulders
*Upper Back
*Middle Back
*Lower Back
*Endometriosis
*Hands
*Forearms
*Fingers
*Buttocks
*Calves
*Feet

Nervous Hypersensitivity

Temperature Hypersensitivity
*Cold
*Hot
*Humidity, Precipitation & Barometric Pressure Changes
**Barometric Pressure
**Humidity
**Precipitation

Chronic Fatigue

That in Which Drives My CSS
*Sleep Disorder
*Food
*Medications
*Stress

The Assumed Cause of My Central Sensitivity Syndrome

Therapies to Consider
*Myofascial Release Therapy
*Exercise
*Weight Loss
*Heating Pads
*Stretching
*Alpha Stim
*TENS Unit
*Cold Packs
*Dextromethorphan Hydrobromide
*Guaifenesin
*Remove Caffeine & Artificial Sweeteners
*Flexeril
*Klonopin
*Vitamin B Deficiency
*Energized Water
*Multiple Chemical Sensitivity - Allergist 
*Photoreactivation Therapy
*Psychological Counseling
*My Mental Cure Alls
*Endorphins
*Aleve
*Acupressure & Acupuncture

Past Articles
*Fibromyalgia & CFS Health
*Health & Wellness
*Permeability of the Osmotic Blood-Brain-Barrier
*Emerging Concepts in the Neurobiology of Chronic Pain
*Biofeedback/relaxation training and exercise interventions for Fibromyalgia
*Compilation of links regarding CSS, FMS, MSS, and CFS

Minnesota Chronic Pain Resources
*Chronic Pain Specialists I Advocate
*Chronic Pain Programs & Clinics I Advocate
*Physical Therapists I Advocate

Related Links

Overview of Fibromyalgia (FMS), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) & Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS)

Introduction to this Website

Born chronically ill, disabled by age fourteen and homebound for the past seven years……. and still no answers from physicians. So what is a woman to do? Take research into her own hands with and without the help of physicians. This site was created not to let the world know I and my condition exist, but to help spread my methods and research that helped save my life and could save others.

Symptoms of FMS, CFS and CSS will all be touched upon on this website. What you will see is well known traditional information about these conditions alongside my CSS symptoms. What I mean by this is there is far more here than just FMS, CFS and general information you find on other websites.

Fibromyalgia (FMS): Fibromiàlgia, Fibromyalgie, Fibromialgia erreumatiko, Fibromialgia, דאבת השרירים, 線維筋痛症, Fibromyalgi.

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is a progressively recognized chronic pain syndrome, which is characterized by it's constellation of musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be implicated. Fibromyalgia patients confront an array of symptoms of varying intensities that are fluxional over time such as; morning stiffness, headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, cognitive disorders such as concentration, memory problems, attention deficit disorder, and anxiety. It is estimated that approximately 3-6% of the U.S. population has FM. Although a higher percentage of women are affected, it does strike men, women and children of all ages and races. Because of its debilitating nature, Fibromyalgia has a serious impact on patients' family, friends, and employers, as well as society itself.

The cause of FMS is still unknown and researchers persist to find better treatments and a plausible cure. I myself remain optimist and also aware of various theories now in attempts and have situated my own theories on this site. And I will also verbalize I’m one of the statistic on this page, I am a suffer FMS and CFS and their debilitating siege.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Chronisches Erschöpfungssyndrom, Síndrome de fatiga crónica, Syndrome de fatigue chronique, Sindrome da stanchezza cronica, :תסמונת העייפות הכרונית, Chronescht Middegkeetssyndrom, Lėtinis nuovargis, Chronischevermoeidheidssyndroom, 慢性疲労症候群, Kronisk tretthetssyndrom, CFS, Chronický únavový syndróm, Хронични синдром замора, Krooninen väsymysoireyhtymä, Kroniskt trötthetssyndrom, Hội chứng mệt mỏi kinh niên, 만성 피로 증후군, 慢性の疲労シンドローム, Χρόνιο σύνδρομο κούρασης.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating and convoluted disorder characterized by profound fatigue that may lead to intensification via biochemical irregularities such as stress, and trauma. These chronic conditions, like FMS and CFS, have a life span of at least six months and can not alleviate the victim by rest alone. In many instances this syndrome can extend for years even encompass and entire lifetime. At this rate it severely thieves ones life and renders them inept to function mentally and physically in society. People with CFS experience Flu-like exhaustion, weakness, and malaise along with other symptoms. It’s not like fatigue after strenuous work. It is better defined as more like a constant flu that forces patients to spend a lot of time in bed. Though with CFS and FMS resorting to being bedridden can worsen the syndrome and all its symptomatic constituents. In this case the best alternative is exercise and activity to aid in alleviating the stress on the body via stretching and a good workout which will both create a large amount of endorphins. Endorphins are a neurochemical in which occur naturally in the brain and alleviate pain.

Patients may frequently describe various nonspecified symptoms, helplessness, sharp shooting pains, anxiousness, insomnia, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and post-exertional fatigue lasting more than 24 hours. An alteration in symptom intensities for a symptom at a constant is normal, though several other claim of an alternation between illness and well-being and recurrences may be either at random or in cycles.

Some people with CFS have symptoms that are always present but vary in intensity. Others alternate between illness and well-being, and recurrences may be either at random or in cycles. Symptoms generally worsen after minimal activity or exercise. Physicians have seen CFS in people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic classes from countries around the world. Most reported cases, however, have occurred in children, young to middle aged adults with females diagnosed more frequently than males.

Facts - (FMS) & (CFS)

It is estimated that approximately 3-6% of the U.S. population has FM. Although a higher percentage of women are affected, it does strike men, women and children of all ages and races. These prevalence rates mean as many as 300,000 Minnesotans suffer from this illness. Studies have shown Fibromyalgia can be equally disabling as rheumatoid arthritis or congestive heart failure. Some patients with CFS or Fibromyalgia are unable to work and are eligible for disability benefits. Yet 75% of all disability applicants initially will be denied benefits. Half of those denied will give up and not appeal the denial and 82% of those who appeal are again denied. However, 53% of the applicants who persevere to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge obtain benefits. Disability claimants increase their chances of obtaining benefits by 50% if they have an attorney to represent them.

Though I myself got disability the first time I applied. Up to 75% of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients also have Fibromyalgia and up to 50 % of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients also have Multiple Chemical sensitivities. 75% of physicians responding to a recent survey, believed CFS to be at least as disabling (53%) or more disabling (22%) than other chronic diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. Three-quarters of medical professionals responding to a survey by the CFIDS Association of America believe that CFS is as or more disabling than other chronic diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis. 77% of the medical professionals surveyed felt that the amount of available professional education about CFS is not adequate.

Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS): Syndrome de Sensibilité Central, Hauptempfindlichkeitssyndrom, Síndrome de Sensibilidade Central, центральный синдром чувствительности, 中央敏感性综合症状, κεντρικό σύνδρομο ευαισθησίας, 中央感受性シンドローム, 중앙 감도 증후군.

CSS is a compilation syndrome in which holds overlapping features that can cause significant disability. Such over lapping conditions are Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, and chronic fatigue syndrome. The biophysiologic mechanisms of these conditions are multifactorial; neuroendocrine abnormalities with central sensitization, however, seem most important. Though psychological distress is present in these patients, keep in mind this is not a psychiatric illness. Management is mostly supportive and includes patient education, psychological support, behavioral modification, physical exercise, and various serotonergic and noradrenergic medications. Like CFS and FMS there is a higher preponderance of females with this condition then men. Accumulated recent data support the hypothesis that all these disorders share a common biophysiologic mechanism of neurohormonal dysregulation caused by perhaps neuroendocrine or adrenaline. It seems the most important neurologic aberrations comprise central sensitization, which involve molecular, chemical, and functional changes in the central nervous system, resulting in an amplification and spread of pain, and intensification of other sensations.

This could be cause by nerve damage, sublexations or inflammation in the central nervous system. One theory in which I have is that damage to the central nervous system causes irritations and inflammation to the blood-brain-barrier and changes its vessel diameter. This change allows chemicals, ions and hormones from the body to enter the brain. These particles are foreign to the brain and thus cause more inflammation and irritation to the rear of the brain such as the medulla oblongata. The medulla is the crossroads for seven major cranial nerves. As these nerves pass through this region of the brain the nerves are excited. Neurotransmitters send the irritative information back down through the central nervous system into the rest of the body. Central sensitization is best described as an amplification and spread of pain due to central nervous system mechanism.

Familiar Symptoms - For Central Sensitivity Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue.
  • Musculoskeletal pain- Muscular pain and skeletal/multijoint pain.
  • Pain at multiple sites
  • Stiffness
  • Swollen feeling in soft tissues
  • Significant fatigue- (most times of the day)
  • Morning fatigue
  • Poor sleep
  • Paresthesia-Abnormal skin sensations (as tingling or tickling or itching or burning).
  • Self-assessed anxiety
  • Chronic headaches, Tension headaches
  • Dysmenorrhea or endometriosis-Painful menstruation.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Self-assessed depression
  • Sicca symptoms-
  • Raynauds Phenomenon-
  • Female Urethral Syndrome-
  • ADD, ADHD, AADD-Impaired memory or concentration, cognitive impairment.
  • Tender cervical or axillary lymph nodes
  • Postexertion Malaise-
  • Tender points
  • Sleep disturbances
  • History of viral illness
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Neurohormonal dysfunction-A horomonal imbalance in the brain.
  • Neuroendocrine-immune dysfunction
  • Generalized hyperalgesia-Abnormal sensory processing?
  • Lack of macroscopic or microscopic pathologic findings in the peripheral tissues.

Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (Overview)

Both fibromyalgia (FM) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) are usually accompanied by other illnesses or conditions. Sometimes experts disagree as to whether some of these accompanying or overlapping conditions are actually separate illnesses or simply additional symptoms of the FM or CFS. And it is not always clear which illness came first. Is one illness the cause of another? Researchers continue working to unravel the mysteries surrounding these related conditions.

Other illness that may occur with FMS or CFS

  • Allergies
  • Cervical Stenosis
  • Chiari Malformation
  • Depression
  • Endometriosis
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Irritable Bladder
  • Lupus
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Raynaud’s Syndrome
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjogren’s Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Temporomandibular Joint Pain (TMJ)
  • Thyroid Disease

Central Sensitivity Syndrome (CSS)

The concept that several of these related conditions should be grouped under the unified heading of “Central Sensitivity Syndrome” was first presented by Dr. Muhammad Yunus, rheumatologist, professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and pioneer in fibromyalgia research. Dr. Yunus discovered that many of these conditions (e.g., fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, headaches and restless legs syndrome) shared several characteristics, including pain, poor sleep, fatigue, extreme sensitivity to stimuli, and an absence of abnormal tissue structure. The connecting thread for these conditions appears to be central sensitization, which simply means that the central nervous system has an exaggerated response to stimuli.

Research Continues

Although research has made great strides in recent years, it will probably take many more years to fully determine what the similarities and differences in these conditions mean.
Source: Central Sensitivity Syndromes, "Fibromyalgia AWARE," May-August 2002

Pain Attacks: My Symptoms - When pain gets out of hand. Article.

Anxiety (Panic) Attacks: My Symptoms - When mental/physical fatigue gets out of hand with anxiety attacks as the result. Article

 

 

 

 

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