Scientists will soon be developing a drug containing a potent and stable compound recently discovered within spider venom that blocks Nav1.7 channels. This discovery is a major breakthrough as previous research shows that people who have Congenital Insensitivity to Pain (CIP) lack Nav1.7 channels due to a naturally-occurring genetic mutation -so blocking these channels has the potential of turning off pain in people with normal pain pathways. Essentially, people who
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Functional Somatic Syndromes, conditions characterized by functional disability and self reported symptoms rather than clearly demonstrable organic problems, are a common contemporary health issue. In recent years, a significant portion of these patients have gone on to receive a diagnoses of a little known connective tissue disorder: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type.
1. We try really hard to look good We often hear “But you don’t look sick!” but the truth is that most of us try very hard to pass as normal. We rest before going out and take our pain meds at the optimal time. At times we hurt so much and are tired from trying to play healthy that we feel like laying down right then and there, but we (usually) hold