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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.
it s been a while since I've gotten on the site. Lots of life changes (new grandson)This heat is horrible my body does not like it at all! I've had a lot of swelling in my hands and feet. My 1st knuckles on a few fingers hurt so bad I can't even…Continue
This is one if those old home remedies that my mother heard about and tried and then told me about. There's nothing to buy - you can use your own bar of soap -and I have found that it does help some with charlie horses and even some pain at the…Continue
The Troy is after my brother in case anyone thinks strange. It's my way of keeping him with me since he was killed. I guess it's time for the whats what of my conditions into. I'm a 41 year old single mom of two boys first off. Bryce is 12 and is…Continue
I went to a chronic pain management program through my health plan at Kaiser Permanente. It was 5 weeks of intensive classes that included feldenkrais taught by a physical therapist, walks, meditation and helpful info on nutrition, biofeedback,…Continue
Sunshine. Clear blue skies. Flowers. Birds. No jackets or scarves!What're you doing with your Summer?Yes, it can get hot, but Fibro can be a bear any Season, so let's stay cool and focus on all its' positives.Have you had your special vacation or is…Continue
Hello every body. Just a quick introduction. I'm Colleen, from just west of the Mile High city.I was diagnosed about 18 years ago. A couple years later a friend introduced me to something that changed my life. I had been fairly symptom free for…Continue
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