Saturday, April 7, 2012

Childbearing and CFIDS Making a Difficult Decision

"Unfortunately, there is very little formal research on pregnancy and CFIDS, so most of what is known is medical opinion rather than documented fact. ... approximately one-third of CFIDS patients experience a worsening of their original symptoms after giving birth—almost like a bad relapse."

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Diabetes insipidus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 It can also be an iatrogenic artifact of drug use.

Although they have a common name, diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus are two entirely separate conditions with unrelated mechanisms. Both cause large amounts of urine to be produced (polyuria), and the term diabetes is derived from the Greek name for this symptom. However, diabetes insipidus is either a problem with the production of antidiuretic hormone (cranial diabetes insipidus) or kidney's response to antidiuretic hormone (nephrogenic diabetes insipidus), whereas diabetes mellitus causes polyuria via a process called osmotic diuresis, due to the high blood sugar leaking into the urine and taking excess water along with it.


Just another of those bodily weirdnesses reported by patients....


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett: What happened in Rio

Note: Most of the article below is about the creative aspect of Keith
Jarrett's work, but it is put in context by his account of contracting

Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett: What happened in 'Rio'
By Howard Reich  Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2012

"...For Jarrett, like anyone who has reached age 66, has been through
his share of troubles. In addition to the aforementioned dissolution
of his marriage, he was struck by chronic fatigue syndrome in the
summer of 1996 and housebound through 1998.

When he slowly re-emerged from that extended period of silence, he
was, understandably, transformed, musically and otherwise.

"That had a more profound effect than anything else that ever happened
to me," says Jarrett. "It took away — I can't think of the right word
… but I became humbled by that experience, and determined.
Simultaneously humbled and determined, but the determination was that
I would not stop improvising. If I could ever play again, that's what
I would do.

"All the things I used to say to my students, like, 'Play like it's
the last time you will ever play,'" suddenly had literal meaning for
Jarrett himself.

"They were things I thought I knew, but I knew them so much better
after that illness.

"Like, maybe this is the last time, And what if the last time was the
last time. And that pissed me off. And I had chronic fatigue syndrome,
so you can't really be pissed off, because it takes energy. So the
patience that whole time required was unbelievable."..."

The full story can be found here: