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How can i tell if this is a fibro headache?

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Dr. Aaron Stupple
Dr. Aaron Stuppleanswered
General Practice 10 years experience
Not typical: Fibromyalgia is typically described as pain at 11 of 18 specific tender points. There are points located at the back of the neck and at the point where the neck muscles connect to the skull in the back, but the pain is rarely on the head itself. If it is a fibromyalgia headache, you would expect pain on both sides of the body, above and below the waist.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Fibro: Headache with discomfort or pain affecting multiple sites.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
By association : ? If headache, HA, is "Fibromyalgia, FM, HA". Tension muscle HA, TMH, common in FM sufferers; via Superior trapezium muscle spasm. Classical migraine seems to devolve in those w. chronic TMH & both might be on a continuum. If HA is associated w. constellation of FM signature symptoms, global back pain, restless sleep, fatigue & "fibro fog", then it might properly be called a FM HA; otherwise not.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Provided original answer
"Chronic migraines" seems a new term within the medical arena. I encountered several women who told me their doctors gave them this "diagnosis". They reported headaches "every day". My exams discovered unilateral Superior trapezium muscle spasms; often associated with large breasts, tilted head, & anterior sloped shoulders.
Sep 1, 2015
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Provided original answer
Gravity Rules. Head weighs about ten pounds & each arm about 15 pounds. These body parts are falling toward center of earth at 32 feet per second per second. Ligaments, tendons, muscles, & fascia strain to keep body tower upright. When body is tilted, soft tissue asymmetry & painful soft tissue spasms evolve.
Sep 1, 2015
Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice 54 years experience
Provided original answer
Cervical/shoulder crossed muscle syndromes, one hypertrophic/spastic other atrophic, are common in Fibromyalgia & are generated by chronic head tilt caused by functional scoliosis when upright. Chronic muscle spasm begets multitude of painful ischemic/anoxic trigger point "micro-neuropathy". Solution: symmetrical muscle mass absent spasm. Massage, shrug exercises, topical Cannabis salve, Acupuntur
Sep 1, 2015
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