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Fibromyalgia is a rare disorder that may cause widespread pain in the muscles as well as joint stiffness, nerve pain, unrefreshing sleep, and exhaustion. Patients with Fibromyalgia may also present with digestive disorders and balance problems as well as mild cognitive impairment. What causes Fibromyalgia is yet unknown, though the medical community increasingly recognizes that Fibromylagia involves both sensitization and dysregulation of the central nervous system and its responses to pain stimuli. Fibromyalgia affects primarily women but may also affect men. Fibromyalgia pain is considered chronic, though it can fluctuate.
Currently, there are no definitive laboratory tests based on bloodwork to diagnose Fibromyalgia. Doctors instead rely on clinical observation and symptom reporting from patients for diagnosis. Tests to exclude diseases with similar symptoms such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Multiple Sclerosis are also performed before a Fibromyalgia diagnosis is confirmed.
Although there is presently no cure, symptoms can be managed with a whole-body approach through the use of prescription medications, coping and stress-relieving strategies such as meditative and psychological therapies, and the maintenance of quality sleep, proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle.
Today I had such bad pain and pressure in my shoulder. It felt like something was going to snap. But then I moved a certain way and the pain and pressure went away. I was told I don't have a pinch nerve. My pain is back but it is mild. Has anyone…Continue
Ok, so I have had fibromyalgia for about 6 years now. I am also prone to bad migraines. Some of which are so debilatating that my head apins, I see double and I start vometing. I take what pain meds I have but as everyone know, you can't treat fibro…Continue
My boss treated me with a 20 min massage today which felt wonderful until she was done then I immediately felt nauseous.. Left after drinking some water but now I am so sore.. Is this normal?Mom 52Continue
Took my 9-year-old son with me to get groceries today. First time I've tried it without my mom along in a while. My list wasn't long but, of course, you always think of things you need as you go. While we were in the store I started getting very…Continue
I have fibro and chronic fatigue syndrome. Lyrica causes head sweats and any exertion causes my hairline to start to drip. I am also very heat intolerant- a problem because we life in a desert like environment where the summer can get over 109…Continue
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