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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.


Massage chair anyone have one? Looking for reviews

Started by GMN in General. Last reply by suzie on Wednesday. 2 Replies

My fiance wants to look into maybe purchasing a massage chair. There are so many and being that they are pretty expensive I was wondering if anyone had one and if it helped them? Thanks!

Frustrating moment

Started by GMN in Emotional Support. Last reply by kholmes on Monday. 3 Replies

I have the mindset of law of attraction what you think comes back at ya. I refuse to be toxic and negative but of course I've got fiance really attemptsorry to be supportive but when you can't see the aliments it's hard to understand.…Continue

Wishing you had never been diagnosed?

Started by Ahava31 in General. Last reply by Northernelf on Monday. 6 Replies

Hello everyone,it is has been a little while since I have posted on this forum. Life and work have kept me very busy, and my fatigue seems to be kicking in rapidly.I found myself thinking this morning that in some ways, I wish I had never been…Continue

In need of advice on a GOOD mattress.

Started by JessicaLyne in General. Last reply by mercy164 2 hours ago. 10 Replies

 Hi, I am in new to this website! Hello everyone! Thanks for having me! My first thought was to ask all of you on what kind of mattress you use. I'm in desperate need of a new one. I refuse to buy another cheap, crappy one again!! No ideas or…Continue

Tags: sleep, better, mattress

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