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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Overview)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread muscle pain and tenderness.


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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Multitude: ? re symptoms (sx) fibromyalgia (FM). Sx vary among sufferers. Sentinel sx's include chronic widespread pain, restless sleep, depression, fatigue & confusion. More important to know individual sufferer's unique causal chain so cure can be customized. Potential causes: femaleness, childbirth, obesity, chronic soft tissue injuries, mechanical injuries, joint hypermobility, prolonged inactivity. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Overview)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread muscle pain and tenderness.


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What are new treatments for fibromyalgia?

A lot: People with fibromyalgia may benefit from medications like lyrica, gabapentin, savella, (milnacipran) cymbalta, elavil, nortriptyline, etc. Exercise has always been a mainstay to help with this disorder. Sometimes pool therapy is more helpful initially in this treatment algorithm. Correcting vitamin d deficiency can also be helpful. Improving sleep architecture and getting psych treatments also very helpful. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheeja Francis Dr. Francis
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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Fibromyalgia is pain related to hypersensitivity of nerve endings between muscle and fat. ...See more

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What tests do I need to find out if I have fibromyalgia?

Clinical diagnosis: There are really no specific tests to confirm fibromyalgia at this time, although research studies have demonstrated pet scan and CSF changes in pts with this problem. The diagnosis can be considered when there is pain and tenderness in all 4 quadrants of the body, associated with trigger points, A.M. Stiffness, headaches, sleep disorder, vague cognitive complaints, etc. ...Read more

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How does fibromyalgia differ from arthritis in people?

How does fibromyalgia differ from arthritis in people?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, which can be redness, swelling, joint fluid and stiffness. Fibromyalgia is pain, including joint pain, but not usually inflammation. People who have arthritis can have fibromyalgia, making their arthritis pain worse, but most people with fibromyalgia do not have arthritis. ...Read more

Dr. Sheeja Francis Dr. Francis
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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Regular practice of taichi can be more effective than medications for treatment of fibromyalgia. ...See more

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Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

No: There is no known autoimmune cause of fibromyalgia. Current thinking is that is is a central nervous system disorder. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia..MYO facial syndrome.Scoliosis..tried lyrica, Savella (milnacipran) etc.no help...suggestions?

Fibromyalgia..MYO facial syndrome.Scoliosis..tried lyrica, Savella (milnacipran) etc.no help...suggestions?

Do the fibrotrifecta: The fibromyalgia trifecta for therapy is: 1. exercise, 2. sleep evaluation 3. Psychiatric evaluation. You can continue or changes the prozac (fluoxetine) but you need to be certain that you get a full evaluation of the trifecta and act on them. ...Read more

Dr. Sheeja Francis Dr. Francis
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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Focus on improving sleep - may consider evaluation by a sleep specialist. ...See more

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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

Fibromyalgia: Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). Cause is unknown however research looks to a disorder of central processing and pain amplification. ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia?

What causes fibromyalgia?

Unknown cause: The cause is unknown. Certain parts of the brain regulate which sensations are perceived as painful ( a pain gate mechanism). This becomes altered in fibromyalgia and non-painful stimuli are felt as painful. There are also alterations in the brain's sleep cycle mechanism. ...Read more

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How does fibromyalgia differ from arthritis in people?

Inflammation: Arthritis is inflammation of the joints, which can be redness, swelling, joint fluid and stiffness. Fibromyalgia is pain, including joint pain, but not usually inflammation. People who have arthritis can have fibromyalgia, making their arthritis pain worse, but most people with fibromyalgia do not have arthritis. ...Read more

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Can sle cause fibromyalgia?

No: Sle does not cause fibromyalgia. However, they are both considered rheumatic diseases and can both occur in the same person. ...Read more

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Is pain the most common symptom of fibromyalgia?

Is pain the most common symptom of fibromyalgia?

Yes, it's a spectrum : that pain seems to be an overriding component. ...Read more

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How is fibromyalgia typically diagnosed?

Hands-on exam: There is no blood test, image (x-ray, mri) test, or procedure (biopsy, EMG test). The test for fibromyalgia is the history and physical exam of a skilled physician who knows the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. That exam includes palpation of the defined 'tender points' of fibromyalgia--you must have at least 11 of 18. You must also meet the other diagnostic criteria to have fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Multitude: ? re symptoms (sx) fibromyalgia (FM). Sx vary among sufferers. Sentinel sx's include chronic widespread pain, restless sleep, depression, fatigue & confusion. More important to know individual sufferer's unique causal chain so cure can be customized. Potential causes: femaleness, childbirth, obesity, chronic soft tissue injuries, mechanical injuries, joint hypermobility, prolonged inactivity. ...Read more

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Tried numerous meds for fibro like lyrica, cymbalta, gabapentin, savella (milnacipran). None work, not fibromyalgia?

Tried numerous meds for fibro like lyrica, cymbalta, gabapentin, savella (milnacipran). None work, not fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: Certainly the diagnosis may not be correct. Make sure you have had a Rheumatology work -up. Also it may be that the meds are just not working on you. ...Read more

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Do fibromyalgia symptoms differ by your age?

Do fibromyalgia symptoms differ by your age?

Any age but: Age can apply, but more depends on what you do with your age :exercise, sleep issues, psychiatric issues. These are all very important maturity may help you deal with all of the issues of fibromyalgia better, it's really depends on the person you are. ...Read more

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