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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.


Has anyone had Mono as a kid?

Started by Fearski in General yesterday. 0 Replies

My sister-in law Carole also has Fivro and was talking to me about the link between Mono and Fibro. This is the first I have ever heard that there is a link.Does anyone know more about the link between the two?FearskiContinue

Perspective, Fireworks, Ingenuity, and a little Fibro

Started by ibuddy66 in What's New With You?. Last reply by Fearski yesterday. 4 Replies

The Following is an excerpt I sent in a message to a member earlier, but feel it is a great thing to share to inspire others too :)      In March, I got my letter to Hogwarts, so to speak from Young Explosives, a pyrotechnics company here in Upstate…Continue

Tags: July, Summer, Perspective, Pick me up, Inspiration

9 Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-Free

Started by BaltimoreBaby in General. Last reply by Yolanda on Thursday. 2 Replies

A balanced, informative blog from the Celiac Disease Foundation on Gluten-Free diets-9 Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-Free…Continue

trembling and shakiness

Started by valleyhopper in General. Last reply by suzie Jun 15. 2 Replies

this symptom seems a really big deal to me. my body seems to be shaking with chills. though often milder than with actual chills,  it causes my muscles to contract and causes pain that is then magnified. at times my once beautiful handwriting…Continue

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DEPRESSION is a difficult challenge many of us living

with chronic pain face. 



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