Dr. T's Health Blog (Recent Posts)

Poor Sleep Triples Risk of Fibromyalgia

Published: July 16, 2012
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We know that fibromyalgia causes horribly disordered sleep. And we know that years of poor sleep is one of the factors that can "blow a fuse" in the hypothalamus (the area of the brain that regulates energy), which can trigger FMS. But scientific research has never directly linked poor sleep to the development of FMS. Until now.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Staggering Costs of CFS Therapy and Related Lost Earnings

Published: July 16, 2012
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Chronic fatigue syndrome affects over 4 million U.S. citizens. A population-based, case-control study conducted in Georgia from 2004 to 2005 evaluated direct and indirect costs of CFS and the impact on educational attainment.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Lyrica May Help Spastic Colon and Fibromyalgia Pain

Published: July 16, 2012
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Because we have numerous medications to relieve the pain of fibromyalgia, it's important to choose a pain-relieving drug that is likely to help with multiple problems - including spastic colon, a very common problem in people with CFS/FMS

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Lower Ambulatory Blood Pressure in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Published: July 16, 2012
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To examine blood pressure circadian rhythm in subjects with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and appropriate normal and fatigued controls to correlate parameters of blood pressure regulation with perception of fatigue in an observational cohort study. The cause of CFS remains unknown and there are no effective therapies.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Intravenous Lidocaine for Fibromyalgia Pain

Published: July 16, 2012
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Here is another new study showing that IV lidocaine is effective and safe in addressing fibromyalgia. Studies in the past have shown that a series of these IVs can be helpful for fibro pain and nerve pain, and it is even recommended in the prestigious Cochrane Reviews. This new study showed that giving the IV lidocaine daily for 5 days helped decrease pain even 1 month after the infusions. I find this works best in those with severe pain, and I often will recommend it in those with severe and persistent pain.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Levels of Lipid Peroxidation, Nitric Oxide, and Antioxidant Vitamins in Plasma of Patients with Fibromyalgia

Published: July 16, 2012
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The etiology of fibromyalgia is not clearly understood. In recent years, a few studies have investigated the possible role of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the etiology and pathogenesis of fibromyalgia. The aim of this study was to investigate plasma antioxidant vitamins, lipid peroxidation (LP), and nitric oxide (NO) levels in patients with fibromyalgia and controls. The study was performed on the blood plasma of 30 female patients and 30 age-matched controls. After a fast of 12 h, blood samples were taken, and plasma samples were obtained for measurement of vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene concentrations and levels of LP and NO. Concentrations of vitamins A (p

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Heat Shock Protein Abnormalities in CFS

Published: July 16, 2012
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Here is yet another study showing an abnormal metabolic response to stress in CFS.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Eliminating Fibromyalgia Pain

Published: July 16, 2012
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We often address pain as if it is the main problem, like hypertension or diabetes, and forget that it is often simply an important indicator of other problems that need to be taken care of. In fact, pain can be viewed as the red, flashing, warning light on your dashboard telling you that something urgently needs attention.
Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

Update on Using HCG to Address Pain

Published: July 14, 2012
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Below is an email exchange between myself and Dr. Forrest Tennant, who has been researching the use of HCG for chronic pain, in which he answers several questions I had about the therapy. He is continuing to find it very helpful and feels it should be offered to all patients with "central pain" - the central sensitization that is a part of fibromyalgia.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

HCG: A Therapy for Post-Pregnancy CFS/FMS?

Published: July 14, 2012
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HCG is a hormone, made by the placenta, that sustains pregnancy and moderates immune function - so that the mother's immune system does not reject the fetus. A significant number of women have had their CFS/FMS triggered after they delivered a baby. Even more find their CFS/FMS improves during pregnancy, only to come back with a vengeance after the baby is born. I had attributed this phenomenon to the rise in the hormone CRH (an adrenal-stimulating hormone) and the 30% rise in blood volume that occurs during pregnancy. It is possible, though, that the dramatic drop in HCG when the baby is born also plays a role.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of four research studies on their treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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