Fibromyalgia Specialist Athens AL

What does it feel like to live with fibromyalgia? “Imagine last night you drank more wine than you should have but had no water or food. You went to bed late and got up early, feeling stiff, achy, and tired,” says Chanchal Cabrera, a British herbalist, fibromyalgia patient, and author of Fibromyalgia: A Journey Toward Healing (McGraw-Hill, 2002). People with fibromyalgia feel that way all the time, she says.

Dyrc Frederick Sibrans, MD
(256) 355-3255
1215 7th St SE Ste 240
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1964

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William Julius Shergy, MD
(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd SW Ste 600
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Cullman Reg Med Ctr, Cullman, Al; Huntsville Hosp-West, Huntsville, Al
Group Practice: Rheumatology Associates

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Donna Kaye Maneice Scott, MD
(334) 284-5211
4371 Narrow Lane Rd Ste 200
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1989

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Daniel Aaron Jackson, MD
4300 W Main St
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wright State Univ Sch Of Med, Dayton Oh 45401
Graduation Year: 1998

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Jeffrey Robert Curtis, MD
(503) 494-9000
Bessemer, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1999

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Carlos Ganuza Masferrer, MD
(256) 492-1525
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 100B
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1971
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Hospital: Riverview Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, Al
Group Practice: Orthopedic Center

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Richard Edwin Jones
(205) 750-0030
100 Towncenter Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Peter Anthony Saway, MD
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S Ste 200
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincents Hosp, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Rheumatology Associates

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(256) 551-6510
201 Sivley Rd SW # 600
Huntsville, AL
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M
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Rheumatologist
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Thomas Corwin Mc Gee, MD
(251) 435-1200
1720 Spring Hill Ave Ste 100
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1986
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Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al; Springhill Memorial Hosp, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Diagnostic & Medical Clinic

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Confronting Fibromyalgia

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By Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

What does it feel like to live with fibromyalgia? “Imagine last night you drank more wine than you should have but had no water or food. You went to bed late and got up early, feeling stiff, achy, and tired,” says Chanchal Cabrera, a British herbalist, fibromyalgia patient, and author of Fibromyalgia: A Journey Toward Healing (McGraw-Hill, 2002). People with fibromyalgia feel that way all the time, she says.

A truly mysterious ailment, fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) involves chronic widespread muscle pain and fatigue. It affects about 2 percent of all Americans and accounts for 10 to 30 percent of all rheumatology consultations. FMS mainly afflicts people between the ages of 35 and 55 and occurs seven to 10 times more frequently in women.

And as if the pain and fatigue weren’t enough, a constellation of other symptoms often accompanies the disorder—foggy thinking, sleep disturbances, painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea), and irritable bowel symptoms—making a clear diagnosis difficult. Although the cause of FMS continues to elude researchers, certain stresses on the body, such as intense exercise, illness, or a traumatic event, appear to intensify symptoms or even bring on the condition itself.

“My fibromyalgia was triggered by a car accident in 1991, when I was a healthy and fit 28-year-old,” says Cabrera, now 43 and living in Vancouver, British Columbia. “Within minutes of the impact, my neck and shoulders were in pain, and I had a dull headache. My slow descent into fibromyalgia had begun.”

The body blows a fuse

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, medical director of Maryland’s Annapolis Center for Effective Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia Therapies, likens FMS to the body’s “blowing a fuse” when its energy account becomes overdrawn. This short circuit results in hypothalamus suppression, Teitelbaum maintains. “The hypothalamus controls sleep, hormonal function, temperature, and autonomic functions such as blood pressure and blood flow,” he says. “The hypothalamus uses more energy for its size than any other organ, so when there is an energy shortfall, it goes offline first.”

“FMS has no single cause,” Teitelbaum says. He surmises that the hypothalamus decreases its protective function in the face of what it perceives as overwhelming stress, which can stem from infection, injury, or a stressful, emotional incident. “FMS patients seem to have genetic differences in the way their hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal regulation handle stress,” he says. “As a result, the muscles end up short of energy and in pain.”

Is there hope?
Mary Shomon, now an author and patient advocate in Washington, DC, began to have symptoms of FMS at age 34, after two car accidents and numerous other health challenges. Through a holistic approach and alternative therapies, she finally found relief from her symptoms. However, 11 years later she still expresses dismay about the stigma and disbelief she encounters about fibromyalgia—pa...

Author: Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa

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