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Leading the Way

May 10, Norwood Concert Hall

Dr David Torpy and MC Pauline Brooks, OAM
Dr David Torpy and MC Pauline Brooks, OAM

450 people attended an informative seminar on both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia. The meeting featured Dr David Torpy and showcased the excellent South Australian research being done on these conditions. It also highlighted the need for increased funding and services for research and for people with these conditions.

Dr Torpy (pictured above with the MC Pauline Brooks, OAM) discussed the role of stress on our bodies. In this context stress broadly defined as anything that puts pressure on us and includes chemical exposure, traumatic events, and illness.

He discussed the role of the adrenal or stress system, and particularly his research which has shown lower cortisol levels in some people with Fibromyalgia (and other research has also indicated this in CFS patients) – and indication of stress-system dysfunction. The fact that lower than average levels occur in some patients indicates that stress is a factor but certainly not a sole cause. It does indicate the need to reduce stress as part of a broad commonsense management strategy.

Further information to follow in the June 2003 Journal.

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