Thursday, August 24, 2006
Approach to fibromyalgia
…HA again cautions that she is not a doctor, nor has anyone offered her fabbie bucks to play one on TV, so this discussion is just to add to your databank if you are interested in fibromyalgia, the chronic, debilitating joint pain and fatigue ailment.
…Until the last few years, doctors didn’t even think this was a real disease or identifiable aggregation of symptoms. They thought flighty women got it. Like the vapors or something.
…A woman named Anne Hillebrand wrote to HA and offered her experience. She says yes, fibro does have a depression and obsessive component, but that is a function of the disease and disappears with proper treatment.
…Her doctor, Thomas D. Harris, MD, an internist in Orlando, developed a treatment based on over-the-counter meds. It supposedly thins the body’s hylaluronan, clear fluids in saliva and joints.
…Hillebrand says the thickness of these fluids is not picked up on MRIs and other tests sufferers are offered.
…The details, which are quite complex, are contained on the free site: http://www.fibrofix.com. They are not hawking remedies.
…This site also discusses the use of the over-the-counter cold remedy component guaifenesin to treat thick secretions: http://www.sover.net/~devstar/guai.htm.
…Another site to check out is…http://www.fibromyalgiatreatment.com/.
…HA is cautious about suggesting treatments that sound weird or quacky, so how do we proceed from here?
…This could be a good way to learn about consumer-directed health care.