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Please share an interesting fact about fibromyalgia.

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Dr. Michael Rothman answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Fibromylagia: Fibromyalgia means algia (pain) in your fibers (connective) and myofascial (muscle) tissue.

Answered 3/25/2022

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Dr. Sheeja Francis answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

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

Answered 3/18/2014

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Dr. Sheeja Francis answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

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

Answered 3/18/2014

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Dr. Ted King answered

Specializes in

A: It's a myth that a person can simply “get over” fibromyalgia with time or wishful thinking.

Answered 6/2/2014

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Dr. Chevies Newman answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Over: Over 70% have significant insomnia, no studies on sleep related bruxism (teeth clinching).

Answered 9/8/2013

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Stay: Stay active and do regular exercise. Also, try relaxation techniques.

Answered 1/14/2014

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Depression: Depression is actually far less common in sufferers than previously thought.

Answered 7/22/2017

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Some: Some doctors doubt it exists, but spinal fluid analysis shows changes in neurotransmitter chemicals.

Answered 5/11/2015

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Did: Did you know that trauma to the neck increases the risk of developing fibromyalgia?

Answered 1/16/2018

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Did: Did you know that depression worsens fibromyalgia & that fibromyalgia worsens depression?

Answered 11/1/2014

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Dr. Lisa Rankin answered

Specializes in ADHD and Autism

An: An organic diet low in sugar and processed foods and high in antioxidants should be followed.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Lisa Rankin answered

Specializes in ADHD and Autism

Mild: Mild to moderate exercise should be done daily . This can include walking, swimming or yoga.

Answered 7/12/2013

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Dr. Marlis Gonzalez fernandez answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Resist: Resist the temptation to stay on the couch. Moving and exercising as much as possible is important.

Answered 11/30/2014

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Dr. Thomas Wright answered

Specializes in Phlebology

Physical: Physical conditioning has a powerful influence on the long term outcome of fibromyalgia.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Stress: Stress may be an important precipitating factor in the development of fibromyalgia.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. John Michalski answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Some: Some patients respond to supplements that assist in muscle recovery and Lactic Acid removal.

Answered 6/26/2014

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Dr. Su Fairchild answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Myer's: Myer's cocktails IV with magnesium can be helpful and make people feel better.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Su Fairchild answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Women: Women are more at risk for fibromyalgia than men.

Answered 10/12/2016

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Dr. Steven Charlap answered

Specializes in Holistic Medicine

Exercising: Exercising every day actually decreases fatigue related to fibromyalgia.

Answered 2/6/2014

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Dr. Roger Palutsis answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Myth:: Myth: fibromyalgia does not cause arthritis. Answer: fibro is the 2nd leading cause of arthitis!

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. David Hardin answered

Specializes in Wound care

Keep: Keep your sleep schedual constant at 8 hrs and go to bed at the same time nightly.

Answered 7/20/2014

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Dr. Su Fairchild answered

Specializes in Integrative Medicine

Fibromyalgia: Myth: fibromyalgia is not a real condition that doctors can evaluate and treat.

Answered 5/3/2014

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Dr. Laurence Badgley answered

Specializes in General Practice

People: People have healed from fibromyalgia and published methods and details of their healing journeys.

Answered 5/11/2018

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Dr. Masoud Sadighpour answered

Specializes in Sleep Medicine

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is associated with insomnia. Treating insomnia, results in better pain control.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. HUGH Melnick answered

Specializes in Fertility Medicine

MAY: May be related to a underactive thyroid. Treatment of thyroid may help symptoms.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Tylenol (acetaminophen): Tylenol (acetaminophen) has some mild anti-anxiety effects in addition to pain relief. It is centrally acting!

Answered 11/1/2016

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Dr. Thomas Namey answered

Specializes in Rheumatology

Pain: Pain in the joints is not part of fibromyalgia!

Answered 2/22/2017

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan answered

Specializes in Dermatology

If: If you take 200mg Doxycycline or Minocycline after removal of a tick, you will not get lyme disease.

Answered 11/6/2016

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia can be associated with temporomandibular joint disorders.

Answered 2/3/2015

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Tension: Tension headaches and irritable bowel syndrome may co-occur with fibromyalgia.

Answered 4/9/2015

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Dr. Heidi Fowler answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia may be accompanied by anxiety, depression, or fatigue.

Answered 11/15/2016

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Dr. L. Stoney answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a disease. It has been documented by MRI studies, emg/ncv test, blood tests, biopsy.

Answered 3/13/2016

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Scientific: Scientific studies have proved better outcomes with exercise in people with fibromyalgia.

Answered 5/25/2014

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Massage: Massage therapy, antidepressants & physical therapy have been found to be useful in fibromyalgia.

Answered 11/6/2015

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Dr. Syed H. Sajid answered

Specializes in General Adult Psychiatry; Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 1 yr. Fellowship), sees all types of patients for Medication Management from ages 6-99yo

Chinese: Chinese martial art "tai chi" has been found to be helpful with fibromyalgia.

Answered 5/19/2014

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Dr. Laurence Badgley answered

Specializes in General Practice

10-30%: 10-30% with chronic back pain have sacroiliac pelvic joint laxity ; many of these w. #fibromyalgia.

Answered 12/25/2013

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Dr. Laurence Badgley answered

Specializes in General Practice

#Fibromyalgia: #fibromyalgia has no infection cause; genetic aspect is joint hypermobility syndrome.

Answered 12/25/2013

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Dr. Laurence Badgley answered

Specializes in General Practice

#Fibromyalgia,: #fibromyalgia, sciatica, female/delicate pelvis, many childbirths, joint hypermobility associated.

Answered 12/25/2013

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen answered

Specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Some: Some of the most educated, hard working, personable people I have ever met and treated have fibro.

Answered 1/3/2015

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Dr. Jodi Luchs answered

Specializes in LASIK Surgery

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is associated with dry eyes. See your eye doctor for help!

Answered 9/1/2013

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

History: History of widespread musculoskelatal pain for at least 3 months.

Answered 9/15/2013

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Tenderness: Tenderness found in at least 11 of the 18 anatomic sites with the application of 4-kg pressure.

Answered 9/15/2013

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

75%: 75% of patients report non-restorative sleep. – perception of pain intensity correlates with sleep.

Answered 9/29/2016

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Sodium: Sodium oxybate improves both sleep quality and symptom severity.

Answered 9/15/2013

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Dr. Ravi Chand answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

Pregabalin: Pregabalin – improves sleep quality, pain and fatigue – fda approved for fms.

Answered 9/15/2013

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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered

Specializes in Clinical Psychology

New: New research have doctor check your vitamin d levels. If low supplements may help ease the pain.

Answered 1/27/2014

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