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What is Fibromyalgia?

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.

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new to discussions

Started by hopeful in General. Last reply by hopeful 5 hours ago. 2 Replies

I am new to the discussion groups and chat rooms. I have never done this before. I have been kinda bouncing around this website trying to figure it all out. Any tips would be helpful. I am not sure if I am replying in the right areas etc.I was…Continue

pain and tiredness causing raised anxiety

Started by jayejaye75 in General. Last reply by ShortStack 13 hours ago. 3 Replies

I have not yet been diagnosed but know I have fibro as I have just about every horrid symptom I also suffer anxiety/ agoraphobia so all this stress of not knowing and feeling like poop is raising my anxiety levels to a high I have hot baths do…Continue

iv lidocaine infusion ?

Started by angie b in General. Last reply by ShortStack 13 hours ago. 3 Replies

hi to everyone , I haven't been on for a while , just so…Continue

We’re on the move!

Started by ModSupport in General. Last reply by suzie yesterday. 3 Replies

Ben’s Friends is getting a great new look!Very soon you'll log onto http://www.livingwithfibro.org/ and find that your community looks and works differently than it did before. Your old…Continue

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About Our Living with Fibromyalgia Support Community

Mental Health Hotline Information

DEPRESSION is a difficult challenge many of us living

with chronic pain face. 

IF YOU ARE IN IMMEDIATE NEED OF HELP

OR JUST NEED SOMEONE TO TALK WITH NOW 

please feel free to call   

1-800-273-TALK

for members in the United States.

 

For international members, please visit

http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html

for information on where to call in your country.

Latest Activity

hopeful replied to hopeful's discussion new to discussions
"I am thrilled to talk to another stay at home mom! The guilt just doesn't seem to go away does…"
5 hours ago
dozer replied to hopeful's discussion new to discussions
" Nice to meet you Hopeful,   You are not alone with the overwhelming issues when first…"
7 hours ago

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purplebutterfly left a comment for Paula Baldwin
"My phone does its own thing i ment on the site."
8 hours ago

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purplebutterfly left a comment for Paula Baldwin
"Welcome Paula Fibro 101 is a great place to start. You may want to change to a user name or just…"
8 hours ago
 
 
 

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