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Is insomnia the result or cause of fibromyalgia?

Traditional thinking has been that the lack of sleep is the result of fibromyalgia. Now some physicians are looking at it as the cause instead of the result. Some doctors suspect that fibromyalgia is the result of low levels of progesterone, which causes insomnia, and in turn causes fibromyalgia. The connection is that deep sleep… Read More

Have you been misdiagnosed?

After a visit to the doctors office you want to believe that his or her diagnosis is accurate because it means you now have a path for recovery. The question is how often do doctors misdiagnose a patient’s symptoms? The May issue of The American Journal of Medicine has a collection of articles relating to… Read More

New myofascial pain syndrome imaging technique

Myofascial pain and Fibromyalgia are sometimes confused for each other, but the conditions are clinically different. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition typically characterized by widespread pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points. Myofascial pain syndrome, is a more localized pain that is associated with trigger point tenderness. A… Read More

Terminated after 8 yrs of benefit

I faced many denials/appeals for my initial application for LTD benefits through cigna.I prevailed and received four yrs back payments and four more yrs. I was sent to an IME after I disagreed with my worker compensation offset. cigna terminated my benefit using the ime and their internal machine. i obtained an attorney. we appealed… Read More

Advice to doctors about their own disability insurance

This is an article advising doctors on what they should look for when purchasing disability insurance. Disability Happens does not endorse the agent (or the company he represents), but thought you might find the information helpful if/when you consider disability insurance for yourself… Read More

AARP offers health news for mature adults

The organization for mature adults, AARP, offers numerous topics on health: insurance, Medicare, prescription drugs, health conditions, physical activity, staying healthy, brain health, and a health message boards… Read More

Connecting the dots between type 2 diabetes and antidepressants

A researcher at the University of Alberta was analyzing data from a Saskatchewan health database when she started to connect the dots between antidepressants and type 2 diabetes. Lauren Brown, researcher, University of Alberta, studied the medical history of 2,400 people diagnosed with depression. She divided the people who were using antidepressants into one of… Read More

What Pfizer does not want you to know

The Whistleblower, by Peter Rost, M.D., reminds me a lot of those Chinese finger traps you might have played with as kid. You stick a finger in each end of a bamboo woven tube and the harder you struggle to free yourself, the more difficult it is to escape. As adults, we know the secret… Read More

Parkinson’s disease can lead to sleepwalking

In the October issue of Archives of Neurology, a physician who treats Parkinson Disease (PD) reports that a few of his patients have begun sleepwalking. For the past 2 years, Dr Rositsa Poryazova has treated 165 PD patients. Adult-onset of sleepwalking was identified in 6 of those patients. There were an equal number of men and… Read More

Declining memory linked to lack of imagination

When children imagine their future selves as astronauts, politicians, or superheroes they are using episodic memory. Episodic memory allows individuals to project themselves both backward and forward in subjective time. Creating an imaginary event, known as constructive-episodic-simulation, requires an individual to recall details of a previous experience and to put them together to create the… Read More

Why depression medication fails to work for some patients

Depressed people are known to have fewer of the ‘feel-good’ receptors for serotonin. Jon-Kar Zubieta, MD, PhD, University of Michigan, reports that depression is rooted in genetic and molecular factors and are unique for each individual. Using PET (positron emission tomography) scans, Zubieta studied patients who met the criteria for major depression, but had not… Read More

New approaches in treatment of bipolar disorder

Participants in a recent study of bipolar disorder patients, who experienced manic symptoms while also suffering from depression, did not benefit from antidepressant medication when it was given in addition to a mood stabilizer. A second study also indicated that a mood stabilizer alone appeared to be just as effective as when it was given along with an… Read More