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

by Anura Guruge

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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by Anura Guruge

Fibromyalgia Is NOT What It Used To Be!

by Anura Guruge

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’.


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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If You Have Fibromyalgia Watch The New TV Commercial For ‘Lyrica’.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Lyrica TV commercial at ‘iSopt.tv’.

Much has changed about the UNDERSTANDING of Fibromyalgia over the last few years.

It is safe to say that Fibromyalgia today is NOT your mother’s Fibromyalgia (75% of those diagnosed with Fibromyalgia being women).

The actual name ‘Fibromyalgia’ is no longer accurate. Fibromyalgia, where ‘algia‘ is Latin for pain means pain to do with fibrous tissue (Fibro) and muscles (myo).

It used to be considered a condition related to rheumatism (or arthritis).


The ‘American College of Rheumatology’ when talking about the causes of fibromyalgia states: “… it is as though the “volume control” is turned up too high in the brain’s pain processing centers”.

The ‘National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases’ (a member of the U.S. ‘National Institutes of Health’) now says, in the section on ‘causes’: Many researchers are examining other causes, including problems with how the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) processes pain’.

The Lyrica commercial NOW acknowledges this. At the 15 second mark, shown above in the image, it says: “… thought to be the result of overactive nerves”.


At last.

Lyrica, the leading medication used to treat Fibromyalgia finally admitting that Fibromyalgia is a nervous system disorder.

That should help.

The commercial also goes onto say, with more emphasis than ever before, that Lyrica INCREASES DEPRESSION.

Well depression is known to make Fibromyalgia WORSE and that is not anecdotal.

So, if you have Fibromyalgia watch this commercial a FEW times ……

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by Anura Guruge