by Judith Horstman
A supplement called SAM-e could be a new ally in the battle against the pain of osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia and the depression that so often accompanies chronic illness.
Until last spring, hardly anybody in this country had heard of a European supplement called S-adenosylmethionine. But when it hit the market as a natural remedy named SAM-e (pronounced "sammy") it zoomed in a matter of months from an unknown import to one of the top-selling dietary supplements in the country.
What is Fibromyalgia?
Are you suffering from a debilitating state of widespread musculoskeletal pain, stiffness and fatigue? Then you could possibly be suffering from Fibromyalgia (FM).
Fibromyalgia is defined as a disease with a chronic muscle pain accompanied by unexplainable stiffness and fatigue. FM and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome share many of the same symptoms.
For many people a diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome is a relief - at long last there is a name for what is wrong - and an assurance that it is not progressive or fatal. In fact, fibromyalgia is now recognised as being a common disorder, that predominantly affects women, and is the second most commonly diagnosed musculoskeletal disorder in the US.
By Alison McCook
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with fibromyalgia who received a short program of cognitive behavioral therapy were more likely to show improvements in functioning after the treatment than those who were not given the therapy, according to new research.
However, patients who had the therapy reported no less pain than others, the authors note.
By Jacqueline Stenson
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Brain scans of people with fibromyalgia offer the first hard evidence of what patients already know: Their pain is real and their threshold for tolerating it is substantially lower than that of most individuals.
"When patients with fibromyalgia tell us that they're tender, that they're experiencing pain at a much lower level than people without t