Have you heard the term central sensitivity syndrome (CSS)? It's a good one to know - researchers are using it more and more as an umbrella term for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and several other related illnesses.
These conditions have been called a lot of things, ranging from "not real" to "functional somatic syndromes" to "neuroendocrineimmune disease." However, as researchers learn more about them, some are coming to the conclusion that CSS fits best because it's based on their common underlying physiology - central sensitization. That's what makes us hyper-sensitive to pain, sensory input, and, well, the world.
See what CSS means and which illnesses it covers:
Why does an umbrella term matter? A couple of reasons. First, it can separate us from what we aren't, such as psychological or some vague category like "poorly understood conditions." Second, it could allow for research on multiple conditions at once. A well-defined classification would mean researchers could delve further into the underlying problems and, possibly, find treatments that go right to the heart of them. For those of us who have 4 or 5, wouldn't one really great treatment for all of them be amazing?
Look for more information on the individual CCS's throughout the month.
- A Simple Explanation of Fibromyalgia
- A Simple Explanation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Treating Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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