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What can I do to treat the pain of fibromyalgia but not be sleepy all the time?

What can I do to treat the pain of fibromyalgia but not be sleepy all the time?

Lots: The best treatment is regular sleep, routine exercise, and proper diet. Many who suffer from fibromyalgia pain have chronic persistent hyper-alertness with over stulation of the sympathtics. I routinely suggest mindfulness or meditation as part of the treatment. The right exercise that promotes proper breathing and mindfulness can be an excellent routine-qigong, tai chi or gentle yoga are great! ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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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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I take naps to reduce headaches. Sometimesit works but other times it just make the pain worse. What would be the cause of this?

I take naps  to reduce headaches. Sometimesit works but other times it  just make the pain worse. What would be the cause of this?

Head aches common: Headaches are part of so many disorders, it's hard to say what is causing it. High blood pressure, vision issues, sinus problems, allergies, ear issues, lack of sleep, stress and migraines are some of the issues that come to mind, a thorough evaluation by pcp would be a start. ...Read more

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Nerve pain all over body all the time. Anything I can do to heal nerves? I take benzo for anxiety and seems to help but not sure if it's making worse.

Nerve pain all over body all the time. Anything I can do to heal nerves? I take benzo for anxiety and seems to help but not sure if it's making worse.

Interesting: When someone describes a symptom that is "all over", I usually find clues on lab work, if this is a new thing for you. I would order CBC with diff and plt, liver tests (AST, ALT, AlkPhos, bilirubin (total & direct)), FULL thyroid panel (TSH, T3, T4, free T4), vitamin d, Homocysteine, B12 & folate, FSH, LH, estradiol, testosterone, and progesterone. Also keep symptom journal for any daily changes. ...Read more

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What could make just one leg get hot all the way down to my foot. Not all the time but most of the day. Could it be pinched nerve? Tyvm

What could make just one leg get hot all the way down to my foot. Not all the time but most of the day. Could it be pinched nerve? Tyvm

Ridiculous Radiculis: It sounds as though your leg pain is being caused by nerves that are exiting your lower back. This is usually in the area of the lumbar and sacral areas. Known as a radiculopathy, when it affects the entire leg it can also be called sciatica. To remove all doubt, seek out a specialist to properly evaluate your condition and determine the proximal cause of the nerve irritation. ...Read more

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I usually have chest pain and heart burns at the same time please what can I use to stop it and also what is the cause?

I usually have chest pain and heart burns at the same time please what can I use to stop it and also what is the cause?

Possible GERD: This may be caused by reflux, for GERD. If this is the etiology, then taking a liquid antacid should make the discomfort disappear within 5-10 minutes. If this does not relieve the pain, then I would suggest seeing your health care provider for exam. ...Read more

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I feel dizziness all the time. Will not be having mood to do any work.I feel like sleeping all the time. So m scoring less marks.Is there any measures?

I feel dizziness all the time. Will not be having mood to do any work.I feel like sleeping all the time. So m scoring less marks.Is there any measures?

Get assessed: For depression. See your primary, sound like you may be depressed. If you do not feel it is depression, you may have a viral illness which could also be causing the dizziness. Should be assessed by primary doctor to clarify whether related to mood disturbance which will be treated one way, or a viral illness, like mono or labrynthitis that may be contributing. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Is it possible to be resistant to the "caine" pain medications. I can not get the doctors to believe that these don't work on me?

Is it possible to be resistant to the  "caine"  pain medications. I can not get the doctors to believe that these don't work on me?

Interesting: I have never heard of anyone being totally resistant to these medications, although I have heard of patients having different responses to different analogs (i.e. Lidocaine working less than mupivicaine). How many times have you been injected with them and for what purpuse? ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of intussusception? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of intussusception? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Doubt You have it!: If you are old enough to ask this question it is unlikely you really have this problem. Intussusception is most common from 3-6 months of age with > 60% before 2y.The intestine overides itself like a telescoping antenna, making flow restricted & triggering pain.Sudden onset of waves of severe crampy pain in a child who appears well between events.Vomiting, apathy loose stools.Dx is a challange. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of cough medicine abuse? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Abuse: Abuse is participating in an activity or use of a substance that is known to be harmful or from which you have been warned by competent authority to avoid. Doing something you know you shouldn't but doing it anyway. Using cough medicine for anything other than treating a cough is abuse. So if you use cough medicine to get high, you've got a problem, and should see your doctor. ...Read more

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What can cause extreme fatigue and weakness, so much you can not function, and have to lay down to sleep, this is not the same as in not enough sleep.

What can cause extreme fatigue and weakness, so much you can not function, and have to lay down to sleep, this is not the same as in not enough sleep.

Narcolepsy: You may be experiencing a disorder called narcolepsy. It is characterized by the sudden onset of the overpowering urge to sleep during the day. See a physician about this matter. ...Read more

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I have anemia and get really bad headaches. Can that be the reason for the headaches? What can I do to relieve the pain?

I have anemia and get really bad headaches. Can that be the reason for the headaches? What can I do to relieve the pain?

Yes.: Severe anemia can be associated with headaches. The most important issue is identifying the cause of the anemia and correcting it. If anemia is the cause of the headaches, proper treatment will take care of them. The most common cause ina premenopausal female is iron deficiency. If that is the situation, you have taken iron, and are not improving, you need to see a hematologist and/or ob-gyn. ...Read more

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I have crps and really need help is there anything that can be done for the sensitivity the burning and the pain im in the uk and its not well know ?

I have crps and really need help is there anything that can be done for the sensitivity the burning and the pain im in the uk and its not well know ?

Desensitization trt.: Desensitization is a treatment technique used to modify how sensitive an area is to particular stimuli. This technique is utilized to decrease, or normalize, the body's response to particular sensations. Talk with your doctor about a referral to a physical therapist who has expertise in this area. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Not all,: But the diagnosis is made on the basis of at least one episode of mania or mixed presentation. So there must be one period when you had lots of energy, didn't feel the need to sleep or eat and may have been very irritable. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of dysautonomia? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of dysautonomia? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Many: Dysautonomia refers to breakdown in the functioning of the autonomic nervous system. Symptoms can include vague but disturbing aches and pains, faintness (or actual fainting spells), fatigue, anxiety attacks, tachycardia, hypotension, poor exercise tolerance, gastrointestinal symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, sweating, dizziness, blurred vision, numbness and headaches. ...Read more

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I use oxycontin for chronic pain. Some days it works great, others barely at all. What are some factors that cause this and what can I do to help?

I use oxycontin for chronic pain.  Some days it works great, others barely at all. What are some factors that cause this and what can I do to help?

Not opiods: Opiods like Oxycontin are not the best choice for long term pain management in a young person. That is partly because tolerance can develop over time. The cause of the pain must be treated, sometimes behavioral or physical therapy is important, and other pain drugs can be effective depending on the type of pain. ...Read more

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Why do I like to be alone most of the time?

Why do I like to be alone most of the time?

Personality.: It doesn't necessarily mean anything's wrong with you. People have different personalities that can range the entire spectrum. If you think it's affecting your work, family, and relationships negatively, then you can talk with your doctor or a therapist. ...Read more

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I have headache all the time i want to know the cause of this stat?

I have headache all the time i want to know the cause of this stat?

Neurology: If it is truly constant, and has not been worked up you need to get to a neurologist and a possible mri. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cfs and how is it treated?Gp said no meds for it and should be able to sleep easy but I can't and sleep doesn't help me

What are the symptoms of cfs and how is it treated?Gp said no meds for it and should be able to sleep easy but I can't and sleep doesn't help me

Chronic fatigue : It's thought as a disorder characterized mainly by extreme fatigue that cannot be attributed to any other disease.It can worsen with activity, and may not get better even with rest. You may also have loss of concentration or memory, unexplained muscle pain, swollen lymph nodes, sore throat, new headache, and joint pain. Antidepressants, sleep aids, PT,counseling, and reducing stress can help ...Read more

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I have to be on the computer for work for most of my day. Is there an eye exercise that I can do very quickly to alleviate the strain?

I have to be on the computer for work for most of my day. Is there an eye exercise that I can do very quickly to alleviate the strain?

Adjust computer dist: Taking a "vision" break every 30 minutes by staring off at a distance helps. So does changing the distance the monitor is from you every so often. Be sure to use artificial tears regularly if you feel a burning sensation. Most importantly, change what you are focusing on regularly (screen, desk, looking out the window, etc.). ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Drowsiness (Definition)

Drowsiness = feeling sleepy/ feeling ...Read more