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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Overview)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunction.


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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)

Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunction.


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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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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?

See below: Fibromyalgia is thought to be a nervous system condition in which pain thresholds are abnormally low which causes widespread muscular pain. It differs from arthritis in that the joints are not typically involved even though people with fibromyalgia might complain of joint pain. There is typically little to no arthritis in people correctly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Did you know that depression worsens fibromyalgia & that fibromyalgia worsens depression? ...See more

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How does fibromyalgia differ from arthritis in people?

See below: Fibromyalgia is thought to be a nervous system condition in which pain thresholds are abnormally low which causes widespread muscular pain. It differs from arthritis in that the joints are not typically involved even though people with fibromyalgia might complain of joint pain. There is typically little to no arthritis in people correctly diagnosed with fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Stay active and fit and stay well rested all of these factors guard against fibromyalgia. ...See 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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Im a language assistant and its hard for me to remember words to say even sometimes in my own language is this fibromyalgia signs ?

Im a language assistant and its hard for me to remember words to say even sometimes in my own language is this fibromyalgia signs ?

Yes and No: 25 y male w. lesser mental acuity & queries if sign of fibromyalgia (FM). As isolated symptom is not & other more dramatic symptoms needed to present full-blown FM symptom constellation. In person with FM, such confusion is compatible with "fibro-fog"; resulting from chronic pain-caused non-restorative REM-deficient sleep. Medicinal cannabis (indica not sativa) has help many FM sufferers sleep. ...Read more

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

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Elevated crp, ulnar nerve trapped, low.Back pain, cavovarus feet, weak hands and fingers. Diagnosis fibromyalgia despite no tender poin is this right?

Elevated crp, ulnar nerve trapped, low.Back pain, cavovarus feet, weak hands and fingers. Diagnosis fibromyalgia despite no tender poin is this right?

Criteria: A diagnosis of fibromyalgia should be made based on the american college of rheumatology 1990 criteria: at least 11/18 defined tender points (requires full body exam of those 18 sites), pain above & below the waist, both left & right, for more than 3-6 months, other associated symptoms and other similar conditions must first be ruled out. Consider 2nd opinion with a rheumatologist or physiatrist. ...Read more

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What are tests used to diagnose fibromyalgia?

FIQR: Dr. Bennett published the fibromyalgia impact questionnaire (fiqr), which appears to be able to distinguish fibromyalgia from other chronic pain conditions. There is a fibromyalgia app available for the ipad that makes it easy for anyone to use the fiqr. After that, you should share the fiqr results with your doctor and your doctor can do a workup to confirm your diagnosis and start treatment. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

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

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Is there one simple test for fibromyalgia?

Is there one simple test for fibromyalgia?

No: ? Whether is a test for fibromyalgia (FM). The answer is "no". The disorder is one of exclusion of other disorders with a similar symptom profile. Are some imaging studies (fMRI), blood, & physiological tests purporting to demonstrate changes seemingly correlate with FM, but they are not yet definitive. The best diagnostic instrument is doctor who believes in reality of FM & who has seen many. ...Read more

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What are the normal tests for fibromyalgia they do?

Clinical exam: Clinical examination by a knowledgeable physician. Tests rule out other entities, but do not diagnose fibromyalgia. Tsh is valuable, as hypothyroidism can mimic fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

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