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A 50-year-old female asked:

i've joined an aqua aerobic class to help ease my fibromyalgia & boost my energy levels. i go 3 times a week is this enough as i can't manage every da?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Aqua Therapy is: great! Wonderful that you are going three times a week. Your PT or the professionals at the gym can tell you more about how people respond to what amount of days but please keep going and know that three days a weeks can be very helpful. Peace and good health.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
The demographics of fibromyalgia, multiparous females & males who have had significant low back/pelvis injury, suggests that pelvic bio-mechanical injuries and loss of soft tissue mass & tone due to post-injury rest/splinting are etiologic. Resultant asymmetric body postures beget chronic painful widespread soft tissue spasms with ischemic tender points. Gravity Rules.
Jul 3, 2015
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
Yes: 50 yo female w. fibromyalgia doing aquatherapy activities 3x per week. This is great & perfect exercise to increase muscle tone. 3x is adequate & x's should be gauged to avoid exhaustion/pain. With gradually improved strength advance to gentle land-based yoga or tai chi. Walking is another beneficial exercise. For now buoyancy of water is needed to negate gravity, enemy of those with fibromyalgia.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 53 years experience
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The demographics of fibromyalgia, multiparous females & males who have had significant low back/pelvis injury, suggests that pelvic bio-mechanical injuries and loss of soft tissue mass & tone due to post-injury rest/splinting are etiologic. Resultant asymmetric body postures beget chronic painful widespread soft tissue spasms with ischemic tender points. Gravity Rules.
Jul 3, 2015

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Is it safe to take medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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Some yes, some no: Interestingly, for some women, fibromyalgia symptoms may actually improve during their pregnancy (although they may risk a worsening relapse post-partum). Most natural remedies are safe in pregnancy, such as omega3 fish oil, massage, exercise, yoga, etc. Some prescription medications may be safe in pregnancy, also, but it's best to check with your md.
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Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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Yes: Unfortunately, the truthful answer to the question is yet, but in many cases, we will see many women with fibromyalgia and certain other auto-immune disorders actually improve during their pregnancies. For unexplained reasons, joint pain, muscle pain, fatigue, and other symptoms can improve during pregnancy. However, there is a risk for a relapse in the post-partum time period.
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Fibromyalgia has not been found to be autoimmune in nature. Evidence supports an abnormality in pain processing with abnormal pain signals. It is unclear what causes fibromyalgia to develop. Many people are able to relate onset with stress, illness, surgery, trauma or injury but many are not. There are other causes of pain in pregnancy also such as weight change, pressure on other organs, edema.
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I agree with Dr. True. Studies have often failed to document the onset of fibromyalgia to a major stressful event. Evaluations have found major stress prior to FM onset to occur in only 5% of patients, not a statistically significant value.
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Does it take the body more energy to digest blueberries and raspberries than the energy contained within them?

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