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Wearables - Hope For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And Fibromyalgia?
Thursday 26 January 2017
Wearables - Hope for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia?
What if you could tell before you were entering into a crash or flare that you were about to enter one? What if you had time to rest, take a treatment, employ calming techniques or whatever works for you before you unknowingly put yourself into a crash state? What if you were able to nip chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia in the bud before it got going?
That time may be coming. Proponents believe that wearables may end up being one of the great health advances of our times.
One of the great advantages of wearables is their precision. No longer are you tied to inaccurate population norms. Your baseline is no longer the average of thousands of people of mixed gender, age, race and health status. Your baseline is now your body.
That's important. We saw that for some people ferritin levels in the normal range are not normal at all for them - they’re low. Alzheimer's is thought to be unimprovable, but one UCLA Alzheimer's study improved cognitive functioning by optimizing test results using diet, exercise, supplements, behavioral changes and in some cases drugs. (Apple has developed health applications for its Apple Watch.)
Nor are people using wearables as dependent on twice or thrice yearly testing to determine what's happening in your body. Furthermore, wearables are an inexpensive (relative to other health costs) way of delivering real data.
With over 70 million devices sold over the past couple of years, wearables are a hot item. How hot perhaps no one suspected until Pebble's 2012 Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 for their initial smartwatch model ended a month later with the company raising a cool $10,266,844. (By December 2014 Pebble had sold its millionth smartwatch. In 2015 it raised another $20,000,000. After the Apple Watch cut into its sales, however, Pebble went bankrupt. Fitbit then snatched up Pebble's intellectual property rights; it's a competitive market).
Catching Diseases Early
We know that physiological changes probably begin occurring before you have any symptoms or at least any significant ones. Early life stresses, for instance, apparently institute physiological changes that take decades to come to fruition (in an illness). The immune changes that result in chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) appear to be set in motion by a flu-like event occurring just before an injury; it takes the combination of both to get that difficult illness started. Similarly, something unusual clearly happens after an infection in the bodies of many people with ME/CFS. We do know that the severity of an infection - measured mostly by symptoms - plays a key role. Doctors don't do cytokine panels and certainly don't trust symptom severity as a marker, but what if basic changes occur that could be picked up?
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