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Living With a Partner Who Has ME/CFS or FM

Chronic illness and marriage is a complicated combination. It’s rare to see  or hear a healthy spouse’s perspective on their partner’s disease because it is a topic that can be very difficult – as much for the one speaking as for the one hearing it. With an estimated divorce rate as high as 75% among…

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4 Tips to Improve Doctor-Patient Communication

Effective doctor-patient communication is critical to building a therapeutic doctor-patient relationship, which is at the heart of delivering high-quality healthcare. When there is open and productive communication, doctors and patients are more effective in exchanging information, patients have greater comprehension of their medical issues, and they are more empowered in decision making about their own…

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Tips for Carepartners

When Someone You Love has ME/CFS or FM There are many diseases that can be considered invisible, but there are substantial differences in how individuals are viewed culturally and socially, depending on their diagnoses. Diabetes, lupus, MS, and others can be invisible illnesses, but few would ever question the limitations of someone with one of…

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What’s the Buzz – January 2017

Buzz – January 2017: We scoured the Internet to bring you a list of news articles, blogs and research publications we think you’ll find interesting for this month’s What’s the Buzz post.   On January 27th, the NIH made two big announcements of federal funding for ME/CFS collaborative research centers and Data Management and Coordinating Centers. While some feel the…

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Redefining POTS so that Everybody Understands

“Redefining POTS so that everybody understands: a primary care pediatric sports medicine perspective and review” Presented by Dr. Craig Colebey   Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome or POTS is a disabling disorder, representing “a common pathway” for multiple different causes.  The heterogenous nature of its pathophysiology presents a challenge in its diagnosis and treatment.  I present…

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A Report of Clinical Progress in 2016

Improved objective diagnosis and the ability to assess treatment outcomes, has made many aspects of MECFS and FM appear before my eyes. I am committed to infusing the medical community with this information to dramatically improve patient diagnosis and treatment. Careful observation of 10 minute NASA Lean test results as part of the CDC multisite…

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Holiday Survival Guide

  Living with ME/CFS and FM changes most everything, including how we celebrate the holidays. Perhaps one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, or a loved one, is a ‘free pass’ on the guilt you may be tempted take on when you are unable to do it all. We all want a happy…

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Keeping It Clean: Clean and Dirty Suffering

presented by Timothy Weymann, LCSW Life – and chronic illness – has an inherent level of difficulty (i.e., “Clean Suffering”). The natural difficulties of life often trigger conscious and subconscious responses from us; responses we believe will help us solve our concerns. If we fail to critically identify, evaluate and intentionally select our responses to…

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Overcome Fear After Diagnosis

Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as ME/CFS or Fibromyalgia can be quite a blow. Being afraid is one of the most common reactions to forced changes, but it isn’t something you should let consume your life. It’s normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis. However, you…

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Simple Way to Assess Orthostatic Intolerance

NASA 10 Minute Lean Test* Orthostatic intolerance (OI) is an umbrella term used to describe abnormal autonomic nervous system response to orthostatic challenge.  Orthostatic hypotension (OH), neurally mediated hypotension (NMH) [or neurogenic hypotension] and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTS) are terms used to describe variants of this response.  The new evidence-based IOM clinical criteria for…

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