This afternoon FMS Global News conducted an interview with Dr. Joel L. Young, M. D. Dr. Young and his staff at the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine, in Rochester Hills, Michigan, are involved in some pioneering new clinical studies that are helping the medical community further understand the relationship between chronic pain and the role the brain plays in processing pain information.
“In an outpatient psychiatric clinic, a number of adult patients who presented primarily with symptoms of ADHD, predominately inattentive type, also reported unexplained fatigue, widespread musculoskeletal pain or a pre-existing diagnosis of CFS or FMS, said Dr. Young.
As expected, ADHD pharmacotherapy usually attenuated the core ADHD symptoms of inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Less expected was the observation that some patients also reported amelioration of pain and fatigue symptoms.
The utility of ADHD medications in FMS and CFS states may be their innate arousal and enhanced filtering properties. This model supposes that FMS and CFS are central processing problems rather than peripheral disorders of muscles and joints.”
Dr. Young tells FMS Global News that in the past, a patient with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome might be reluctant to consult with the psychiatric community. It is very clear today say’s Dr. Young, that these chronic conditions are very real, and the symptoms are often overwhelming and life altering for the patients. One of our goals is to help restore the quality of life for these patients. Research results show that a multi-disciplinary approach can often be the patients best option for treating these illnesses.
One area of research Dr. Young would like to see develop, is a better understanding of the role the central nervous system plays in these illnesses. A number of clinical research studies indicate that fibromyalgia for instance, may be a disorder that involves the way pain is processed in the brain, rather than a disorder involving the muscles and joints where the patient feels the pain. Understanding how the brain and central nervous system work together in this process may provide new answers and methods of treatment.
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-The 2007 Michael Golds Conference will be held at OCC’s
Orchard Ridge campus on October 5, 2007. Dr Young will
focus his lecture on adults with ADHD. Using case studies
of real patients, Dr. Young will describe core ADHD symptoms,
common comorbid ADHD conditions such as anxiety, depression,
substance use, chronic fatigue and pain, and explore the
impact of the syndrome as it relates to work, family
relationships and physical health.