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(9/19/04 11:10 pm)
anger and fibromuscular dysplasia - from Lanie
From: "soficrow" <soficrow@h...>
Date: Tue Sep 14, 2004 10:06 am
Subject: Elainey – anger and fibromuscular dysplasia


You talked about feeling anger – which brings us to the question, "What came first: the anger or the fibromuscular dysplasia?" …A popular understanding is that negative emotions cause disease and it's
true, they can. But with fibromuscular dysplasia, the opposite is more often true – this disease triggers negative mental states.

Fibromuscular dysplasia causes spasms in the arteries (called "vasospasm") and also "thrombosis," or blood clots. The vasospasm and clots can interrupt blood flow to the brain, and amongst other things,
can affect moods and emotions. …Once the process starts, it becomes a cycle where the physical effects and mental effects bounce off one another, getting worse with each cycle. Much of what happens is purely

Mettinger described the effects of fibromuscular dysplasia on the brain in a series of articles in the early 1980's. [1] ...Here is a general description of the effects of vasospasm that's easier to
understand, written for patients:

"Vasospasm is a narrowing of the artery which bring blood to your brain, heart, and other organs. Vasospasm may occur in all of the parts of the body at the same time or in only certain parts of your
body at specific times. Although everybody is different, there is a typical progession of
symptoms that occurs with vasospasm. In the early stages, there is usually seen concentration problems, attention deficit type disorders, and mild memory disturbances. Spouses and co-workers will frequently
notice the attention deficit problems before you. As the problem progresses, patients will notice irritability, grouchiness, mood swings, depression, a sensation of stress, aggravation of the concentration problems, and depression. They also may notice excessive sleepiness, menstrual cycle irregularities, development of hypertension. As the problem deepens, people start to notice sensory and motor control problems. Vision problems such as visual blurring,
sensitivity to light including to computer screens, driving, flourescent lights in stores and malls and T.V. screens may be seen.

Sound sensitivity frequently also occurs at this stage. Balance disorders, vertigo, and light-headedness all occur during this stage, as balance control essentially represents a from of motor disability. Word finding difficulties, mathematic calculation problems, dyslexia, also usually occurs at this time. As the problem progresses, patients
may develop headaches, then black-out spells, seizures,
psuedo-seizures, strokes, transient ischemic attacks, and psychosis. The symptoms frquently wax and wane, or vary in level of severity or presence."

William M. Hammesfahr, M.D. Copyright © 1996. Full article at:

As doctors have been saying for decades – these effects are preventable – with early diagnosis, and carefully monitored individualized treatment. …Meditation, prayer, biofeedback, T'ai Chi
and yoga can stop these physical effects, but the disease does not go away. As the fibromuscular dysplasia progresses, more and more time
must be spent working against its physical, mechanical effects.

FYI – Before Bush became President, "rage" was one of the fibromuscular dysplasia symptoms listed by Medline Plus, as a pre-stroke sign. That Medline entry and other government resources have since been censored. It is now necessary to go to European, Asian
and other databases for accurate comprehensive information about fibromuscular dysplasia.

Hope this helps. Hugs, Lanie

1. Ie., "Fibromuscular dysplasia and the brain. I. Observations on
angiographic, clinical and genetic characteristics." Stroke 1982
Jan-Feb;13(1):46-52. Mettinger KL, Ericson K. PMID: 7064180

The sudden decrease in the internal diameter of a blood vessel that
results from contraction of smooth muscle within the wall of the
vessel. This causes a decrease in blood flow, but an increase in
systemic vascular resistance.
<physiology> A low oxygen state usually due to obstruction of the
arterial blood supply or inadequate blood flow leading to hypoxia in
the tissue.
Reduction of oxygen supply to tissue below physiological levels
despite adequate perfusion of the tissue by blood. (cf. Anoxia).
See hypoxia. Ischemia refers to blood flow to cells and organs that is
not sufficient to maintain their normal function.

Unregistered User
(11/11/04 9:44 am)
newly diagonosed and possible family history
I have just been diagnosed by my ophthalmologist and friend who sent me from his office to receive an MRA. I have preliminary results from the MRA that show fmd. My husband and I will be visiting a neurosurgeon this afternoon in St. Louis. What do I need to ask or know about this? I know that I have been flying off the handle lately, which always reminds me of the way my dad acted in his middle stages of angina and heart disease? I saw your posting and wondered if this was related to the disease, my age, stress level, etc. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

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