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New Insights into Fibromyalgia

Given the potential problems that can obscure any scientific enterprise, inconsistent results across studies are bound to occur. How are we to decide what is true? Let's turn to philosophy for a reasonable answer. The mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell approached a similar problem in his monograph The Problems of Philosophy (Russell B, 1912). He addressed the following question: How do we know that anything is "real"? Is the only reality subjective and simply in our minds, as Bishop Berkley challenged, or can we mostly believe the objective reality? His pragmatic answer: All possibilities may be true, but when the preponderance of evidence indicates that objective reality and knowledge are the most probable case, go with it. If the preponderance of all evidence about the clinical description of fibromyalgia and it's pathogenic mechanisms and treatment strategies indicate a highly probable interrelated hypothesis, go with it. The direction of the literature on the whole trumps the less likely tangents. At the same time, remember Bertrand Russell and his pragmatic answer, and keep an open mind.

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New Insights into FibromyalgiaEdited by William S. Wilke

Published: January 5th 2012

DOI: 10.5772/1468

ISBN: 978-953-307-407-8

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-6620-7

Copyright year: 2012

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27490 Total Chapter Downloads

4 Crossref Citations

11 Web of Science Citations

17 Dimensions Citations


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1. Sleep and Fibromyalgia

By Fumiharu Togo, Akifumi Kishi and Benjamin H. Natelson


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2. Central Sensitization and Descending Facilitation in Chronic Pain State

By Emiko Senba, Keiichiro Okamoto and Hiroki Imbe


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3. Animal Models of Fibromyalgia

By Yukinori Nagakura, Hiroyuki Ito and Yasuaki Shimizu


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4. Psychosocial Factors in Fibromyalgia: A Qualitative Study on Life Stories and Meanings of Living with Fibromyalgia

By Paula J. Oliveira and Maria Emília Costa


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5. The Role of Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in the Pathogenesis of Fibromyalgia

By Mario D. Cordero, Manuel de Miguel and José Antonio Sánchez Alcázar


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6. The Affective-Motivational Domain of the McGill Pain Questionnaire Discriminates Between Two Distinct Fibromyalgia Patient Subgroups – A Preliminary Study Based on Self-Organizing Maps

By Monika Salgueiro and Jon Jatsu Azkue


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7. The Difficulties in Developing and Implementing Fibromyalgia Guidelines

By M. Reed and M. Herrmann


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8. Alexithymia in Fibromyalgia Syndrome

By Ercan Madenci and Ozlem Altindag


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9. Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Syndrome: Potential Biomarkers and Proteomic Approach

By Federica Ciregia, Camillo Giacomelli, Laura Giusti, Antonio Lucacchini and Laura Bazzichi


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10. Mind Body Therapies in the Rehabilitation Program of Fibromyalgia Syndrome

By Susanna Maddali Bongi and Angela Del Rosso


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11. Influence of Cognitive and Affective Variables in Stress, Functional Limitation and Symptoms in Fibromyalgia

By Lilian Velasco, Cecilia Peñacoba, Margarita Cigarán, Carmen Écija and Rafael Guerrero


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