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What is the fibro scan?

What is the fibro scan?

Liver ultrasound: Fibroscan is a special type of liver ultrasound that can measure the stiffness of the liver, and is used to decide how much advanced hepatitis or cirrhosis may have damaged the liver in chronic disease. It is only helpful with chronic or advanced stages of liver disease, and does not reliably predict mild or moderate liver diseases, which can be assessed better by liver biopsy ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

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


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What can I do about my fibro?

What can I do about my fibro?

Controversial answer: Fibromyalgia in my experience has 3 main causes: sensitivities (ex to sugar, gluten), toxicities (ex. Exposure to heavy metals), & ligament inj or hypermobility syndromes. A good history & phys. Incl osteopathic hands-on exam may provide some answers. Functional medicine drs are also a good place to start as they deal w/ the sensitivities & toxicities. Prolo/neuroprolotherapy help many of my pts. ...Read more

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What else can you do for fibro pain?

What else can you do for fibro pain?

Meds, et al: Fibromyalgia prescription drugs include gabapentin, lyrica, cymbalta, savella, (milnacipran) and perhaps some sleeping pills and analgesics. But relaxation exercises, biofeedback, aerobic exercise, and improvement in sleep patterns, ail help substantially. Visit a physiatrist or rheumatologist who has experience in the area. ...Read more

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Why did I get fibro and not everyone else?

Why did I get fibro and not everyone else?

Possibly genetic: There is some evidence that genes play a role in who develops fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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What can help me during my high fibro pain days?

What can help me during my high fibro pain days?

Alternatives: 35y female seeks therapies for "high fibro pain days". Cymbalta, Lyrica & Savella (milnacipran) meds are approved for Fibro pain. Alternatively, massages w. oil-extracted cannabis lotion, cannabis indica inhaled/eaten & hops extract. Reports of dramatic & temporary relief lying in Samadhi tank; wherein Gravity is relatively negated; demonstrating relationship of body-part weights to pain arousal. ...Read more

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How do I know if this new problem is fibro-related?

How do I know if this new problem is fibro-related?

Guesstimating: ? if "new problem" is fibromyalgia (FM) related. Cause FM "officially unknown", but joint hypermobility, childbirth, mechanical injuries, obesity & prolonged illnesses common in FM sufferers. Unifying aspect is soft tissue weakness, especially low back & pelvis ligaments & gravitational impress on loose joints. If "new problem" can be associated w. these biomechanical dynamics, high likelihood. ...Read more

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What is the best course of action to treat severe "fibro fog"?

What is the best course of action to treat severe "fibro fog"?

Many approaches!: A burst of Adrenalin helps activate anyone. A five minute burst of intense activity can help. Caffeine in coffee, theophylline in tea, and guarani in herbal preps can help. If these do not work: two more options! Buproprion-xl or the use of Provigil /nuvigil can help. Avoid amphetamines and Ritalin (methylphenidate) like drugs. These will not help arthritis sx, or inprobe sleep. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia: can a person have fibro flares many years apart?

It is not uncommon f: Yes it is possible. It is not uncommon for someone living with fibromyalgia to experience periods of flare ups and periods of relatively mild symtpoms. The intervals between flare ups can vary from patient to patient with different potential triggers such as stress, infection, physical trauma, surgery, lifestyle changes and insomnia to name just a few. ...Read more

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Could you please define fibro and what does the pain look like?

Could you please define fibro and what does the pain look like?

Widespread pain: Fibromyalgia is a clinical syndrome of persistent waxing/waning widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, nonrestful sleep, and some cases with cognitive difficulty.
Often having symptoms of anxiety/derepssion and some impairment of daily activities due to pain and fatigue etc...
It typically presents in young or middle aged women, but this is seen in men too...
See your doc. ...Read more

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What can I do about fibro fog? At home and med to ask my dr about.

What can I do about fibro fog? At home and med to ask my dr about.

FM: For most people fibrofog is multifactorial but a large component usually stems from sleep deprivation. See a sleep specialist or a fm specialist to help you improve the quality of your sleep. ...Read more

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What is fibro malygia? What r its causes? And what are its symptoms?

What is fibro malygia? What r its causes? And what are its symptoms?

Chronic pain: Fibromyalgia (fm) is a chronic musculoskeletal pain problem. While there are no structural or autoimmune abnormalities, fm sufferers have diffuse body pain with multiple tender points, poor sleep, fatigue and often other symptoms. Many fm patients also have anxiety or depression. Fm is a disorder of central pain processing in the brain. Exercise and meds for sleep and/or mood can be helpful. ...Read more

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I have fibro are there any exercises or diet that can help minimize the pain?

I have fibro are there any exercises or diet that can help minimize the pain?

Healthy diet works!: Moderate intensity exercise helps. High intensity is not necessary. In my clinical experience, Diet is more important though. Make sure you don't have any food allergies, get an objective serum/urine nutritional profile and start an anti-inflammatory diet. No sugar or alcohol, minimize simple carbs/grains, avoid trans and omega 6 fats, processed food. Eat lots of veges and fruit, monounsat fat ...Read more

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Could it happen that I live without pain for several days if I have fibro and some other days with horrible pain?

Could it happen that I live without pain for several days if I have fibro and some other days with horrible pain?

Fibro pain: I believe you mean fibromyalgia, which is generalized pain, with sleep difficulty, alteration of sensation and can have good days and bad days. ...Read more

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How can the pain of fibro originate? Does it start from a certain point and then widespread.? What are the body parts that are affected most? Help me

How can the pain of fibro originate? Does it start from a certain point and then widespread.? What are the body parts that are affected most? Help me

No specific cause: The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. As the name implies--it is the fibrous (tendon/ligament) areas connecting to muscle (myo) and algia to mean pain. Thus pain near the joint regions. In severe cases, pain is virtually every where. The current thinking is that the altered/heightened sensitivity to pain (abnormally high pain perception) is the underlying problem of fibromyalgia.... ...Read more

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1 dr told me I should have another autoimmunepanel, had1 over 2yrs ago, back fine, but I have sev fibro, he does not think it's only fibro, another panel?

1 dr told me I should have another autoimmunepanel, had1 over 2yrs ago, back fine, but I have sev fibro, he does not think it's only fibro, another panel?

A good idea: If symptoms change or progress in a patient initially diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it is always wise to recheck for another, autoimmune disorder. Many autoimmune conditions are very hard to diagnose at first, but later progress to new symptoms that point to the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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My sister-inlaw diagnosis w/Fibro several yrs ago @ that time stopped working. She is worse, won't get out of bed. Dr she had lost liscense. Advice needed.

My sister-inlaw diagnosis w/Fibro several yrs ago @ that time stopped working. She is worse, won't get out of bed. Dr she had lost liscense. Advice needed.

Advice: Get into contact with local government health and social services, as this could be a huge challenge to encounter by yourself. You may need advice from social services and psychology as to what is possible and feasible to turn all of this around. This appears well beyond a medical issue and could be very complex. Are other relatives available?? ...Read more

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How can I tell if this is a fibro headache?

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How can I tell if this is a fibro headache?

Fibro: Headache with discomfort or pain affecting multiple sites. ...Read more

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Will the "pain patch" help me with my chronic fibro pain?

Other options: If you are speaking of the Duragesic or fentanyl patch, I would suggest that you explore with your physician other options before initiating the use of a long acting narcotic for the treatment of fibromyalgia related pain. There are many drug free treatment options along with other non opiod medications that may be helpful. ...Read more

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If I can´t remember a trigger does that mean it´s not fibro?

If I can´t remember a trigger does that mean it´s not fibro?

Trigger in fibro: "trigger" in fibro means a point in muscles, etc that triggers pain to a larger area. In emotional work, "trigger" generally means a traumatic memory or partial memory that evokes a painful, intense emotional response. The 2 may be related, but aren't necessarily. In fibro, you don't need to "remember" a trigger -- your body reacts as it does without your conscious participation. ...Read more

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And why is it that some doctors don't even think fibro really exists?

Because it doesn't: ? many MD's doubt fibromyalgia (FM) real. FM is disorder absent single cause; is "umbrella label" for collection of causes sharing same constellation of non-specific symptoms (chronic widespread pain, restless sleep, chronic fatigue, depression, confusion). Each sufferer w. different causal array (femaleness, childbirth, mechanical injuries, hypermobity, obesity, prolonged illness w. inactivity). ...Read more

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I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

I received my mammogram results which found scattered fibro granular density of 30-50% should I be concerned?

NO but: You should see your doctor regularly, get annual mammography (in spite of controversy is the best monitoring tool along with self examination) Your condition currently is benign condition ...Read more

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3 of 4 docs said fibro for my issues, the last one said if he believed in fibro he would agree. What's my next step?

Healing program: 29 y female's 3 docs dx'd fibromyalgia, which has multifactorial/variable etiology. Start multiple therapies: Lyrica, Cymbalta or Savella (milnacipran) for pain. Aquatherapy, gentle yoga, Tai Chi & walking to reconstitute muscle tone. Wt. loss if needed. Cannabis for pain & sleep. Massage & biofeedback for muscle spasm. Whole foods & orthomolecular nutrients. Mindfullness therapies. Study books by survivors. ...Read more

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How come some rehumatologist don't believe in fibro or dismiss it? It becomes very hard when there's other rehumatory problems.

How come some rehumatologist don't believe in fibro or dismiss it? It becomes very hard when there's other rehumatory problems.

Fibromyalgia S/S: Fibromyalgia or tenderness of fibrous tissue is a very difficult diagnosis to establish. I believe that the difficulty in diagnosis, the widespread symptoms and failure at consistent therapeutic regimens make physicians frustrated. Rheumatologist usually treat fibromyalgia. My advice is to another opinion from another doctor. ...Read more

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Could I live a normal life without pain if I have consistent pain in shoulders due to fibro. Could I live without pain. I need yr help...?

Could I live a normal life without pain if I have consistent pain in shoulders due to fibro. Could I live without pain. I need yr help...?

Yes: It is possible to manage the pain of fibromyalgia. There are medications and therapies available while can accomplish a lot, if you tolerate them. These have to be prescribed after an evaluation with your doctor. It is worth looking into. ...Read more

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I'm struggling with language today. It all sound foreign and it's hard to get words out. Feel out of it too. Have fibro. Normal or scary?

Possible answers: Fibromyalgia can be associated with sleep disorder, and secondary cognitive issues, but migraine with or without headache can cause speech issues which are short term, such as 15-20 minutes, but a very uncommon form, called "dysphrenia hemicrania transitoria" may last longer. Other causes may be focal seizures, even brain blood flow problems. Should get neurological evaluation, maybe ER visit. ...Read more

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It seems to be I get different answers about fibromyalgia and inflamation. I have definate inflation in my back always is, that part of fibro?

Low back problems: Fibromyalgia hurts everywhere in the body and there also irritable bladder, irritable bowels, sleep difficulties, problems of memory and concentration, etc. You must read up on fibromyalgia to see if you fit in there. If you just have lower back pain, this needs to be treated by consulting with your family dr.. ...Read more

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Who treats Fibromyalgia? Neuro? Pain Manag., Rheum? Is thier a well known "Fibro" Dr. Out there somewhere? I would travel anywhere for the best!

Who treats Fibromyalgia? Neuro? Pain Manag., Rheum? Is thier a well known "Fibro" Dr. Out there somewhere? I would travel anywhere for the best!

Any of the above: Rheumatologists, neurologists, pain docs and internists all diagnose and manage fibromyalgia. We have well-established criteria for diagnosis and management of FM, but some care providers are more proficient. Call around to find out which care providers (MD/DO, PA, NP) in your area are good with managing FM, and research online who has a good reputation treating FM. Good luck! ...Read more

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My rheumo has been treating my oa and fibro and tested me every 3 months for rf and it finally came back positive this time. Why does that happen?

My rheumo has been treating my oa and fibro and tested me every 3 months for rf and it finally came back positive this time. Why does that happen?

See below: I am not sure why they were checking it every 3 months, unless they were checking through different lab and he or she suspected that you had it, but some patients who have seronegative RA do convert to positive status overtime. ...Read more