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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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Questions about thyroid issues

Started by Tina in General 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Hi everyoneSorry haven't been on. I am having really rough time . Think due my thyroid. My drs not sure what to do help. I started out hypothyroidism took medication for few months it now hyper . When did thyroid uptake study it was low didn't…Continue

Chronic Hives

Started by ablood in Symptoms. Last reply by mforce yesterday. 1 Reply

I have had chronic hives for 10-15 years on my chest back and head. They never go away.Websites say that it is probably my immune system attacking itself and probably is a symptom of RA or Lupus. Do any of you have chronic hives?Continue

Looking on the bright side

Started by Ahava31 in Positive Pick-Me-Ups. Last reply by Ahava31 15 hours ago. 2 Replies

Hey everyone!I haven't been on here in a little while, what with fibro flares, work and my personal life keeping me busy non stop. The other day at work I was having a really bad fibro flare accompanied by fibro fog (dynamite combination I must…Continue

Dizzy

Started by Angela M in Symptoms. Last reply by Angela M Aug 18. 7 Replies

Hey all, just wondering if anyone else has dizzy spells that last for hours.  It is awful...and I am wondering if this is yet another symptom of Fibro or should I get it checked out. 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

Tina posted photos
4 hours ago
Tina replied to jayejaye75's discussion I dunno what to do or how to cope anymore.
"Sorry to here you having such hard time. I hope you can get help you need soon. I use to take Epsom…"
5 hours ago
Tina posted a discussion

Questions about thyroid issues

Hi everyoneSorry haven't been on. I am having really rough time . Think due my thyroid. My drs not…See More
5 hours ago
Ahava31 replied to Ahava31's discussion Looking on the bright side
"Thank you for sharing, Suzie! That's so wonderful! It really does help to surround yourself…"
15 hours ago
 
 
 

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