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Millions of Americans and people world wide, have a disease called Fibromyalgia, and sometimes the accompanying Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome.  Unfortunately, most of these people have lived miserable lives with little or no understanding or consideration from the medical, scientific and government communities.  Family, friends and co-workers have a difficult time understanding the problems of the FMS sufferer, because the person looks normal.  
After years of mistreatment, misdiagnosis and neglect, the scientific and medical communities are beginning to recognize the dynamics of FMS, and are starting to appreciate it for the catastrophic and debilitating disease for which it is.
Getting started on the road to a healthier and happier life for FMS sufferers, means being able to describe the signs and symptoms they have been experiencing, psychologically and  physically; it also means finding a physician that is knowledgeable about FMS and MPS, and is willing to work with you to taylor a treatment plan that is suited just for you.
At this time, there is a lot to be hopeful for, if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with FMS.  Progress is being made right now, through research and development of medications, and to gain better understanding of the origin of these complicated syndromes.   The Social Security Administration has recently issued a ruling, referred to as SSR-99-2p, which states that FMS and CFS are "medically determinable impairments", that identifies FMS by it's signs and symptoms, and will directly affect how private insurance companies and Social Security disability benefits are handled.  Due to increasing study and research, pathophysiological diagnostic criteria is being identified; clinical diagnostic testing will be the norm in the near future.

The purpose of this site is to: Help identify and describe signs and symptoms of FMS and MPS, identify diagnostic criteria, give up-to-date news and findings related to FMS and MPS, provide a forum for people to share their experiences and showcase their profiles, provide general information  on FMS and MPS to patients, friends and relatives, share coping strategies, provide information about support groups and organizations, provide information on work, disability benefits and treatments.

This site is a short cut to information, products and services that will help make life easier, reduce stress, enhance knowledge, give choices and discounts to any population of people that want them; finding resources for the FMS/MPS sufferer, can be an  excruciating task for family and patients alike.  I hope that this site will help answer questions and solve problems.  There is a contest page, just for fun, and will feature contests that use automatic entering for ease of use and well organized contest page sites.

Enjoy yourself here, and come often.    
Please come and look around.   We have information to help you find a physician that can treat your FMS/MPS, or use this information to help educate your own physician.  Print out the article under "Links", for family/friends, and give it to the ones you love, and  the ones you don't love, (like your boss).  Read about the medications that help FMS/MPS, and talk with your doctor about them; the more you know about how to treat your FMS and it's symptoms, the sooner you will start feeling better and get back into life again.  When you feel better, you must check out the web sites under "Resources"; they will help you do your own search for information.  Knowledge is power; when you have FMS, no one else can help you like you can! I hope you enjoy the "Shopping Mall" and the "Health and Beauty" services and products, which are picked to help you find what you want and what you need, to make life less stressful and all in one place.  Please e-mail me below, if you would like to see other things here.  Send your profile, with pictures, e-mail or regular mail.  Let's see the faces and stories of others that are surviving FMS.
Thank You,
    Noteworthy Information  

Chronic Myofascial Pain Syndrome

News in the World of Myofascial Pain

Diagnosis & History  (Excellent)

FMS & MPS Complex                                  
What Everyone on Your Health Team Should Know
(Excellent Article)
10 Tips for a Successful
Doctor's Visit
Social Security & Disability

SSR 99-2p
Social Security Update

Application Assassination!

Getting It All Together
EM-99147, Disability Claims 12/30/99

Obtaining Social Security Disability: Two Compelling Reasons To File Your Claim

Care Providers  
Good Doctors
CFS/FMS Doctor Locator (very good)

Dr. Gatell On Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndome (FM-CFIDS)

For Physicians
(Important Information)

From Fatiqued to Fantastic!
In the Chat Room with Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D.

Biological Evidence

Pain and Substance P

Physical Proof of Chronic Pain

Fibromyalgia: Trauma & Disability

Comparable Symptoms

Fibromyalgia: Finally, a Diagnosis
QA\ The Medicine program  
(Helps people get medications they otherwise cannot afford)
Drug Assistance Programs
`CFS/FMS #33 Letter

What's in the News
The Fibromyalgia Diet: 40/30/30  

Fibro Fog and Flares

Fibromyalgia and Hypoglycemia

strict diet for hypoglycemia
and weight reduction

Research Sites  

National Fibromyalgia
Research Association
The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc.
(Eighteen Research Projects Funded) For legal and other
difficult questions, ask an expert.
This is a great site, with real professionals that answer you back.  
More Resources  
   US Fibromyalgia Association
   Fibromyalgia Association of Greater Washington, Inc.
   Search Government Health and Human Services Agencies
   Disability Resources on the Internet
   Colorado Health Site
   Living with FMS & MPS, the Invisible Disease
   The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association Inc.
   Fibromyalgia Network
   National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign
Other Symptoms and Syndromes
   Genitourinary syndrome and fibromyalgia
   Sleep Apnea
   Restless Legs Syndrome
   Irritable Bowel Syndrome
   Syndrome X: Who Is Susceptible, How To Steer Clear
   Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
   GERD stands for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
   Questions And Answers About Raynauds's Phenomenon
   Getting Rid of Yeast Infections

More On Disability  
   Winning Your Social Security Disability Claim
   Information for Doctors
   How to Apply for Social Security Disability Insurance
   Dr. Tavel's Self-Help legal Clinic
   Obtaining Disability Benefits: How and When to Talk to Your Doctor
   Preparing For Your Day in Court
   Call (800) 772-1213 for SSDI application forms
   In the Chat room with Scott E. Davis
More on Myofascial Pain Syndrome  
   General Features
   Autonomic Manifestations of Neuropathic Pain
   Perpetuating Factors
   Nerve Entrapments
   Physiology of Trigger Points

   Salicylate Free Skin-Care and Cosmetics
   High Voltage Pulsed Galvanic Therapy
   (I have used the Galvanic Stimulator for 6 years, and find it invaluable for severe  pain.  Talk with  your doctor about this treatment and if it is right for you.  If your doctor gives you the okay, have him write you a prescription for the Galvanic Stimulator, adding what it is for, then revisit him in a month and have him write in your chart the results you are having.  You can use this information to make a claim with your insurance company.  Some companies pay and some don't, but it is worth a try.  I received my GV 350, at
A.M. TENZ INC. #1-800- 766-2027; I've always received great customer service from them).   
   Aerobic Endurance Helps Fibromyalgia Patients
   Surgery For CFS/FM?
   The Metabolic Treatment of Fibromyalgia
   Physical Therapy

Supplements and Vitamins
   Vitamins, Antidepressants May Help in Fibromyalgia
   Medical Doctors Research Institute and Fibromyalgia Formula
   a natural fibromyalgia syndrome treatment protocol (a must to read)
   The Health Benefits of Colostrum  
   Human Growth Hormone

Books that are a MUST for your Library
(click on book title to order)
   Fibromyalgia & Chronic Myofascial Pain...                                              
        To date, this the most comprehensive manual on FMS/MPS available; I have given
        this book to my physician, friends and to a Social Security Disability interviewer!
        Thank you Dr. Devin Starlanyl, and Mary Ellen Copeland, M.S., M.A. for your
        beautiful work and great contribution to people world wide with FMS/MPS's.                           
   Fibromyalgia Advocate : Getting the...
     Thanks again Dr. Devin Starlanyl for this extremely beneficial book, which arms the
       FMS/MPS sufferer with information, to help them deal with the complex issues
       involved in communicating with the medical, legal and social communities.        
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