14.) Maintaining a Positive Attitude: Ten Strategies
Marlee posted this several months ago. This is so important in facing this illness. Your attitude plays a big part in how you cope with many things in you life. I hope you like this as much as I do. www.quackwatch.com/03HealthPromotion/fibromyalgia/fms05.html
15.) A Thorough Explanation of Fibromyalgia
Chutz sent me this and it is excellent. It talks about
the illness, shows the tender point chart, talks about
how fibro is treated, and also what doctors are looking at to figure out what is causing this illness. This is a great read. www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/default.asp#k
16.) Serotonin Syndrome
I don't take medications like this but many of you do so I feel you need to be educated about
this. We all should know what we are taking!
I also found this great link by the National Institute of Health that explains this, too, and list more of the medications that could possibly cause this syndrome. Always speak with your doctor before going on or off any medication or supplement. It's just excellent to be an informed patient. It keeps doctors on their toes. www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007272.htm
1. What is Serotonin Syndrome?
Serotonin syndrome occurs when you take medications that cause high levels of the chemical serotonin to accumulate in your body. It can occur when you increase the dose of such a drug or add a new drug to the ones you take already. Certain illicit drugs and dietary supplements also can cause serotonin syndrome.
2. What medicines / supplements can cause Serotonin Syndrome?
A number of over-the-counter and prescript
ion drugs can lead to serotonin syndrome, especially antidepressants. Illicit drugs and dietary supplements also can cause the condition. These drugs and supplements include but aren't limited to:
Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), antidepressants such as citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem), fluvoxamine, paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft)
Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), antidepressants such as trazodone and venlafaxine (Effexor)
Bupropion, an antidepressant and tobacco-addiction medication (Wellbutrin, Zyban)
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), antidepressants such as isocarboxazid (Marplan) and phenelzine (Nardil)
Anti-migraine medications such as almotriptan (Axert), naratriptan (Amerge), sumatriptan (Imitrex) and zolmitriptan (Zomig)
Pain medications such as fentanyl (Sublimaze), meperidine (Demerol), pentazocine, (Talwin) and tramadol (Ultram)
Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid), a mood stabilizer
Illicit drugs, including LSD, Ecstasy, cocaine and amphetamines
Herbal supplements, including St. John's wort and ginseng
Over-the-counter cough and cold medications containing dextromethorphan (Robitussin DM, Sudal DM)
Anti-nausea medications such as granisetron (Kytril), metoclopramide (Reglan) and ondansetron (Zofran)
Linezolid (Zyvox), an antibiotic
Ritonavir (Norvir), an anti-retroviral medication used to treat HIV/AIDS
3. What are the symptoms of Serotonin Syndrome?
Serotonin syndrome symptoms typically occur within several hours of taking a new drug or increasing the dose of a drug you're already taking. Signs and symptoms include:
Agitation or restlessness
Rapid heart rate
Loss of muscle coordination or twitching muscles
Severe serotonin syndrome can be life-threatening. Signs and symptoms include:
Refrences and informative links
17.) A Gift for You
Yes, really! Chutz had the great idea of having awareness ribbons for our forum members. These are free. All you have to do is email Chutz with your request and address and she will email one to you. They are really very nice! http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=24&m=1607942
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