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I Am Skeptical As To The ‘Validity Of The Fibromyalgia Blood Test — The So Called “FM/a”.

by Anura Guruge


I only heard of this test, “FM/a“, via a radio commercial, this week. I was immediately intrigued. As some of you may know, I know a fair amount about Fibromyalgia given that my ‘Central Pain’ book deals with it in much detail.

What worried me about this test is that we now know that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder. I didn’t think we had any tests that could detect such disorders.

This test claims to test immune system imbalances. I, at least for now, am skeptical.

This test is supposed to ‘rule out’ other diseases. I am not sure I buy that.

The folks promoting this test — for MONEY, of course — have EXTENDED what was the original SCOPE of fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia was about distributed, widespread pain. These folks have extended this to include symptoms of DEPRESSION as well. Given the EXTENDED scope a lot of folks — mainly women (alas) — will fall into the ‘dragnet’. I am sure that MOST in this vulnerable group will LIKE to be told they have fibromyalgia. To them it would be a relief, a vindication. I know. I have LIVED with ‘fibromyalgia’ — though I do NOT have it.

There used to be the 11-point DEFINITIVE TEST for fibromyalgia. That has now been DEBUNKED. Even the original creator of it, a supposed doctor, has admitted that he was wrong. Tens of millions of American women were told they had fibromyalgia based on that 11-point test. Well the test was FAKE.

So ….

I am not convinced.

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‘Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation’ (tDCS) For Depression & Chronic Pain Now Available INEXPENSIVELY.

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Click image to access the “Apex” Website — which is currently selling tDCS units, for home use, without a prescription, for $149.00 (plus shipping).


I talked about tDCS
in my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.

Click to ENLARGE and read here.


With cranium referring to the ‘skull’, transcranial means through the skull.

So, of the 4 non-invasive cortical techniques now available, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) & Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) refer to brain stimulation methods, applied through the skull — in the form of magnetic pulses in the case of TMS and very-low electrical currents (applied to the forehead) in the case of tDCS.

Given its use of electrical currents, tDCS is ‘similar’ to ECT — the huge difference being that tDCS uses a fraction of the current applied with ECT — probably 1/400th. ECT can only be administered under general anesthesia and as such is an expensive and time-consuming process. tDCS can now be done at home in 20-minute sessions! Big difference.

TMS is also expensive.

For what it might cost you to get a few sessions of TMS, you can buy your own tDCS unit!

Think about it.

I will tell you more about tDCS in the coming days. OK?


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‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) For Depression (& Chronic Pain): Brainsway vs. Neurostar.

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Into to TMS
from my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.


In the U.S., from what I can determine, the two main (if not only) options for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is based on Neurostar technology or Brainsway technology.

Though they are both classed as TMS they differ in terms of the magnetic stimulation techniques used.

The Brainsway supposedly represents the newer technology. It uses a bigger, more encapsulating H-coil that does cover a larger portion of the brain — and supposedly can go deeper. Neurostar, a pioneer in TMS, uses a 8-coil that does not envelop the brain as much as the H-coil. It is claimed that the H-coil can stimulate brain ’tissue’ 2.4 – 5.7 times deeper than the 8-coil. However, it should also be noted that it is easier to have Sham H-coils (i.e., placebo coils) than it is with 8-coils!

A Brainsway session is 15 minutes shorter per session than a Neurostar session; 22 minutes vs. 37 minutes.

Neurostar uses rTMS (as described in my book above).

Brainstar calls its process Deep TMS (dTMS). I cannot get anybody to tell me, as yet, whether dTMS uses a faster or slower ‘repetition’ rate (i.e., the rate of pulsing) than rTMS.

The Brainstar is still relatively new.

From what I can find there are two other companies that offer TMS products: Magstim and Magvita. I, however, have not found any ‘doctors’ offering TMS using these devices anywhere around New England. I will do more research.

Though only approved for treating Depression per se, TMS, whether rTMS or dTMS, is a viable treatment option for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) and other instances of Chronic Pain, including Fibromyalgia, since any degree of depression exaggerates your perception of pain.

TMS was FDA approved for treating treatment-resistant depression as as of 2008.


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‘Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation’ (TMS) A Promising Cure For Chronic Pain as In ‘Central Pain Syndrome’.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia entry: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transcranial_magnetic_stimulation


From my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS) book.


An interesting treatment option for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS).

It is said to be effective for treatment-resistant depression and is FDA approved as such (as of 2008).

At least some of the pain in chronic pain scenarios is due to depression. So it is possible that TMS works on pain by tackling the depression.

Just want to make sure that you are aware of this treatment option for chronic pain such as that of Central Pain Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.


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Fibromyalgia — The Pain & Suffering In 20 Pictures Submitted By Actual Sufferers.

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Click to access original article with the 20 pictures and the accompanying descriptions.


Many of you, especially anyone whose life has been impacted or touched by Fibromyalgiawill find this article with its 20-picture essays interesting.

Nothing new or profound in terms of the condition, just a chronicling of the symptoms and their effects on people and their lives.

A lot is happening, rather quickly, at present, in terms of trying to redefine Fibromyalgia and finally get a good handle on it so that better treatment options could be made available. I have covered some of these in my new ‘Central Pain Syndrome: Chronic, Confounding Pain Such As That Of Fibromyalgia‘ book.



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Fibromyalgia Sufferers Have Their Candid Say About Lyrica, Cymbalta & Savella.

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If you take medication for Fibromyalgia, in particular Lyrica, Cymbalta or Savella, you should do yourself a huge favor and read the above article.

The drugs used to ‘treat’ Fibromyalgia have some scary side effects — including the possibility of some very real, and permanent brain damage!

So, please do read this article and take note. Talk to your doctor(s).

I have covered some of these in my new ‘Central Pain Syndrome: Chronic, Confounding Pain Such As That Of Fibromyalgia‘ book.



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If You Have Fibromyalgia You Really Must Read This May 2015 Paper By The “American Pain Society”.

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Click to ENLARGE and read the first two paragraphs here. Use link below to access the original.

Click here to access the full, original paper
from the ‘American Pain Society’.


This is a very illuminating article. It will help you see your fibromyalgia in a whole new light. This is the latest and most up-to-date thinking and findings about fibromyalgia.

Don’t continue being misinformed about fibromyalgia. It is important that YOU know what fibromyalgia is all about. It is YOUR PAIN and you need to know the real story.

I do reference this article in my ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ book. I found this article extremely useful and thought provoking.

If you have fibromyalgia, I really do urge you to read it. It will help you. Of that there can be no doubt or debate.

All the best.


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Fibromyalgia Is NOT What It Used To Be!

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If YOUR Fibromyalgia diagnosis is more than a couple of years old the chances are that your diagnosis may need to be RE-EVALUATED.

For a start, doctors in the know, no longer put much stock in the famous 18-tender pressure-spot diagnosis — for so long the BASIS for diagnosing fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia used to be thought of as a condition related to rheumatism (or arthritis). The name itself indicates that it has to do with pain in muscles and fibrous tissues. NOT SO, any more.

The latest thinking is that fibromyalgia is a central nervous system related disorder. As such it is very similar to ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS).

On May 16, 2015, the ‘American Pain Society’ issued a press release titledFibromyalgia Has Central Nervous System Origins’. Its opening sentence was: ‘Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder behind osteoarthritis and, though still widely misunderstood, is now considered to be a lifelong central nervous system disorder, which is responsible for amplified pain that shoots through the body in those who suffer from it’.

WOW. WOW. WOW.

To cap it all, the ‘National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association’ (NfmCPA) has an article with the title: Fibromyalgia: A Perfect Example of Centralized Pain’.

One thing, however, has NOT changed. More than 75% of those said to have fibromyalgia are women.

My new bookCentral Pain Syndrome‘ deals with the connection between fibromyalgia and CPS.


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Please Visit My ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ Facebook Page.

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This is my Facebook presence for ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘.

I would like you to have a look, please. ‘Like it’ if you do like it. No pressure.

Just lets stay engaged when it comes to ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ especially IF you have been told you have Fibromyalgia. Fairly good chance that what you really have is ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ and NOT Fibromyalgia.


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‘Central Pain Syndrome’ — THE Book For All Of You With Chronic, Confusing Pain.

by Anura Guruge



The back cover. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use front cover image above (or image below) to access Amazon.


The start of the Amazon listing for the paperback.


IF you suffer from chronic pain, widespread across your body, that comes and goes, that has been treatment-resistant ‘for ages’ YOU may have ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘ (CPS).

IF you have chronic pain with burning sensations, pins-and-needles or numbness YOU may have ‘Central Pain Syndrome‘.

IF you had back surgery and now have persistent pain YOU may have ‘Central Pain Syndrome’.

IF you have Lyme and now suffer from all sorts of pain then YOU HAVE CPS.

IF you have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia there is a MORE THAN 50% chance that what you have is actually ‘Central Pain Syndrome’.


If you want to learn MORE please read the back cover above. That is a good start. Then you can read the ‘blurb’ on Amazon.


Yes, I wrote this book. It is my 27th book. {SMILE}

Why did I write it? Because, I, ALAS, know more about ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ than most. And I kid you NOT. And that includes doctors.

Plus, there were NO books on ‘Central Pain Syndrome’ for sufferers. There was one — for doctors. So, I wrote this for us fellow sufferers.

OK. I do NOT have CPS — at least not as yet.

But I am extremely familiar with CPS. I have, to my LOSS, been living with CPS for the last 6 years. CPS has been the BANE of my life. So I wrote this book to help others in this ‘circle of pain’ or ‘LIVING HELL’.

Well … more as we go along.

Have a look.

IF you have chronic pain you should check out this book.

IF you can’t afford to get it let me know. I will send you a FREE copy! {SMILE}.

All the best.

IF you have CPS, I can relate.


New FacebookCentral Pain Syndrome” Page.

You should visit and follow. Thanks.


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