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Thor's Day 
14th-Sep-2006 08:05 am
Happy birthday to TechWolf!

Brain drugs... okay. The only real side effect I'm noticing from the Lyrica is dizziness, and I can deal with that. The difference re: my mental clarity and balance is astounding.

Fibro-wise - ouch. Seriously, y0. I'm getting a massage today, which should help.

I got Elayna's membership and our hotel room squared away last night. :) (Adam and I are likely to be panelists and therefore get free membership - I actually have an idea for a fast-track panel this year.) *does the dance of the prepared*

I would like to have a room party this year, seeing as people have been bugging me for years to hold one. I'm willing, but I need a co-host (just someone to be responsible for the room if I need to leave the party for a bit) and donations. We're stretching the budget to afford our room - I can't afford to get another room just for a party! So if you're going to Arisia and/or are interested in funding the Nexus Party, just let me know. I'd like to grab a room in the Active block soon, if there's adequate interest.

Huge Fibromyalgia News
Pieces of the Fibromyalgia puzzle are slowly falling into place, and researchers are moving toward a unified theory that explains the etiology and pathogenesis of the disease.

While the conviction among the majority of Fibromyalgia researchers is that Fibromyalgia represents a significant sensitization of the brain and spinal cord, some leading researchers have recently formed a theory that takes the "Sensitization Theory" a step further, to what can be called the "Hippocampus Hypothesis" or "Dopamine Hypothesis." This fascinating theory states that FM is primarily a brain dysfunction resulting from stress-induced physiological changes to a part of the brain called the hippocampus and to the important neurotransmitter that it regulates - dopamine.


*looks at her wee scarred hippocampus* *looks at her achy body* Well. That makes sense. And I must say, I appreciate that they might be linked. It feels better than all of this being random.

Everything is connected
Parsis have placed their dead in a "dhokma," or Tower of Silence, to await the vultures at Malabar Hill — now the city's wealthiest neighborhood — since 1673.

Followers of the Bronze Age Persian prophet Zarathustra, Parsis worship fire, so cremating the dead is a mortal sin, while burial is seen as a contamination of the earth. But the vulture is precious to Parsis who believe it releases the spirits of the dead.

Over the past 15 years, millions of South Asian vultures have died from eating cattle carcasses tainted by a painkiller given to sick cows. Conservationists estimate that more than 90 percent of India's vultures have died, creating havoc for Parsis' funeral rites.

The IUCN-World Conservation Union lists India's three species of vulture — the oriental white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures — as critically endangered, the category for animals closest to extinction. It could not provide exact population figures.

And with three to four Parsis dying daily in Mumbai, a city of 16 million, it is clear that there are nowhere near enough vultures to consume the corpses.

Daily Science
It would take Benjamin Franklin and other eighteenth century scientists to begin working out the nature of electricity, and to recognize its role in the nervous system. But I still like to picture Willis puzzling over a cadaver, not realizing that the man had been killed by the same thing that made thought possible.

The Royal Society has made their archives available for free for the next few months. Scientific papers dating back to 1665!

Posts I have to make
* Mental acuity
* Parents
14th-Sep-2006 12:32 pm (UTC)
Umm.. 'song. Your HTML is broken, I think you missed an end tag for the link.

But cool stuff anyway!
14th-Sep-2006 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oops - thanks!
14th-Sep-2006 12:33 pm (UTC)

Yeah. That is much better. We approve.
14th-Sep-2006 12:36 pm (UTC)
The Royal Society has made their archives available for free for the next few months. Scientific papers dating back to 1665!

Dammit! I need to run that Restoration London game now! *weeps*

Re: the fibromyalgia, that makes a lot of sense in a lot of ways. Very interesting.
14th-Sep-2006 12:50 pm (UTC)
I sort of understood before, but now I better understand why my doctor has me on Effexor for the fibro.. which is helping, btw. Are you on any dopamine affecting drugs for it, or do they interact badly with the seizure meds?
14th-Sep-2006 12:57 pm (UTC)
I'm on Cymbalta, which affects serontonin and norepinephrine. I'll ask my doctor about a dopamine med - the Cymbalta isn't really helping at this dose. I don't know if they interact badly, but she'll know...

I'm glad Effexor's working for you! Yay for less pain! :)
14th-Sep-2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
I sent the fibro link to a friend of mine who's a vet and has fibro. Her medical foo is much greater than mine.
14th-Sep-2006 01:15 pm (UTC) - *reposts with right icon*
Re: Royal Society

Woahboy.. I know what I will be downloading whenever I can't sleep today..
14th-Sep-2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Fibro article: Already sent the link on to my wife at home. Thanks... good stuff, and it makes sense.

Also, the Philcon invites are going out SLOWLY... you'll get it in a few days at most, if you haven't already.

Is is just you planning on coming, or are Yendi and Elayna coming too?
14th-Sep-2006 02:11 pm (UTC)
Got it! I'm just stumped on a bio. Must dig up the one I used for Arisia...

Just me. Plane fare's a bitch!
14th-Sep-2006 02:17 pm (UTC) - party rooms at Arisia
If you don't need to sleep in the party room, and you're OK with picking up the room a little later than the usual check-in time, contact parties@arisia.org -- we may be able to hook you up with a party-only hotel room for a lot less than the usual rate.
14th-Sep-2006 02:34 pm (UTC) - Re: party rooms at Arisia
E-mailed. Thanks! :)
14th-Sep-2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
That possible hippocampus connection is fascinating.
14th-Sep-2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
And that there's an actual /good reason/ for FMS being something a lot of people with PTSD have. Life continues to make sense.
14th-Sep-2006 08:04 pm (UTC)
I thought of you (as I'm sure others did) as soon as I saw the fibro link. And I agree with the idea that it might explain the facts that so many women I know who have had severe trauma (enough to cause PTSD) have fibro.

Add one more reason I need to get off my ass and go see a doctor. *pout* Donwanna.
15th-Sep-2006 04:24 am (UTC)
re: fibro + sick hippo

= Rosetta Stone?
*hopeful look*
15th-Sep-2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
It's not just the hippocampus...I've been doing an assload of reasearch and while there is damn little done in the US, Canada, Amsterdam, Japan, Austria, Australia, the UK, and someplace in AFRICA all have come to the same conclusion, the vast majority of people diagnosed with "fibromyalgia" have one form or another of adrenal failure (which includes the hippocampus ...I think it's the hippo...not producing human growth hormone which helps the body to heal daily damage during sleep. It can be anhything from an unusual thyroid condition to full blown addisons or wilsons syndrome, and the longer it goes untreated the more the chance it will adavnce into one of those two syndromes. Canada's study concluded that after a wide battery of tests and treatments to eleminate other illnesses, only 12% of the people actually were left with a diagnoses of "fibro". The next most common was lyme's disease (unless you get the erisa? test, the lymes disease test shows false negative 40% of the time. canada has started just automatically treating people with the long term antibiotic therapy) other minorly featured illnesses were lupus, MD, and various forms of Ataxia.

I'm scheduled to see an endocrinologoist in Oct and armed with a metric fuckload of printed out reasearch. If you go back through old psots on the fibro comm you will see that a huge percentage start treatment for thyroid problems and feel WORLDS better.....not cured, but a hella lot better.

I did have one website that I can't refind now, damnit, of an endo who moved here from Australia who was giving seminars and lectures to other endo's for the treatment of fibro, using low level thyroid meds, cortisone replacement therapy, and human growth hormone injections along with some other odds and ends.
17th-Sep-2006 03:47 am (UTC)
The theory on FM makes sense to some extent. I keep hoping they will make strides in research to this class of diseases. They have come a long way since I was little. I have had Raynauds for around 20 years now. Some days I can not believe how long it has been. I am just thankful that it is only Raynauds and not something scarier like Lupus.
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