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A 32-year-old member asked:

how can physical therapy help fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Pain Reduction: Physical therapy can help reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, and improve strength.
Dr. David Hardin
Wound care 36 years experience
Multiple ways: Pt can apply "modalities" of heat cold ultrasound electrical stimulation. They can do trigger point massage deep muscle massage as well as loosten you up with stretching and start you on a general aerobic exercise program.

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Why did I get fibro and not everyone else?

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Dr. Betty Keller
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Possibly genetic: There is some evidence that genes play a role in who develops fibromyalgia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can my fingernails tell me anything about having fibro?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
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No: No. However, changes in your fingernails could indicate other diseases that can mimic the symptoms of fibromyalgia like iron deficiency. Recommend you see a doctor to find the cause of nail changes.
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What are the best shoe styles for someone with fms?

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Dr. Michele Arnold
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Not heels!: Fibromyalgia, as defined by the american college of rheumatology, does not include foot pain. That being said, patients with fms can still have foot pain. I recommend a supportive shoe with a minimal heel, and arch support if you tend to "overpronate". Pace your standing/walking with rest breaks. Find a skilled shoe-fitter that will take the time to find a shoe you are comfortable wearing.
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What is the success rate of acupuncture for fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Positive results: A review this year in clinical rheumatology found some positive results in treating fibromyalgia with acupuncture, homoeopathy, hydrotherapy and massage -- but not chiropractic. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21614472.
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Is it possible that physical therapy can help, make worse or not affect fibromyalgia?

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Dr. Peter Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery 54 years experience
Can lessen pain-: -but is not curative. C a rheumatologist 4 more help.

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