Poor Sleep, Fibromyalgia and Pregabalin

This post originally appeared in Quora. Recently, a Twitter follower asked me what she could do about deteriorating quality and quantity of sleep, and advised she is taking the medication pregabalin, also known as Lyrica. Bad sleep is a hallmark symptom of fibromyalgia, but it can also be caused by many other conditions. Because fibromyalgia…

Mysterious Maladies 4: Multiple Chemical Sensititity

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), sometimes referred to as Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance, is a poorly understood and controversial condition in which symptoms are experienced that are perceived to be related to chemical exposures.

Mysterious Maladies 3: SLE

SLE is more properly known as systemic lupus erythematosus.  While it’s a little less mysterious than CFS or fibromyalgia, it resembles these conditions in that its hallmarks are pain and fatigue, and its cause is unknown.  Another hallmark symptom is the butterfly rash, as illustrated here.

Mysterious Maladies 2: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The second in a series of articles pertaining to poorly understood conditions that change people’s lives, this post will cover Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).  The first article was on fibromyalgia.

Mysterious Maladies 1: Fibromyalgia

This article on fibromyalgia will be the first of a series on “mysterious maladies”, those poorly-understood conditions that affect people so significantly. Description Fibromyalgia is a condition that defies categorization.  Researchers and other experts in health care have described it as: a “rheumatic” musculo-skeletal condition; a condition of the nervous system related to abnormal pain…