What is MTHFR?Well, it’s a very important part of our DNA, not that there’s an insignificant part! MTHFR is an enzyme that is responsible for the process of methylation in every cell in your body. MTHFR is a common genetic variant that causes this key enzyme in the body to function at a lower than normal rate. This can lead to a variety of medical problems....more
Yes, it's another post about fibromyalgia. But apparently I hit a nerve (excuse the pun) in a GOOD way when I wrote about some of the latest fibromyalgia research.So here's more research:In a new study, neuroscientists used fMRIs to look at the brain's response to visual, auditory and tactile stimulation in 35 women with fibromyalgia (and 25 women without it). Most had endured the disease for 7 years and the mean age of the participants was 47....more
My long time readers already know this story pretty well. But I thought it might be fun to have it all down in one concise place. Plus there are a lot of new readers that may be interested to know how it all began. ...more
It's that time of year. For most people, the excitement of the holidays includes shopping, decorating, and wrapping gifts. For many of us, it includes additional pain and depression -- sometimes a bad case of "The Blues."There is much to be grateful for in my life. I have a wonderful husband, a decent place to live, and enough money to pay the bills. I just got word that my blood work was excellent, and I received a great report from my recent colonoscopy. My daughter is doing so much better that she has in years, and my mom, although 90, is perking along pretty well....more
Time is a limited commodity. Doesn't matter how rich or how famous you are, everybody gets 24/7. That's why when we get sick, and time seems to come to a grinding halt, all we want is a magic bullet to 'get on with it.' Of course, there are no magic bullets and soon we learn prevention is the only way to stop from getting taken out of the game in the first place....more
CFS and Fibromyalgia patients often gain weight once they become ill because they are too fatigued and in too much pain to be as active as they once were. There are other issues that cause the weight gain, though. Hormonal imbalances play a big part in weight gain in these patients as well as the sleep disturbances. Click here to read more on this subject!