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Can stress cause fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Can stress cause  fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Do women typically get colds during early pregnancy? Also really stressed out and strange "period". Which is the more likely cause?

Check: If you've have unprotected sex and you think you are pregnant, please take the test. And if you are pregnant visit you OB/gyn and start Folic Acid that is if you are not already taking it. ...Read more

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I suffer from bad fibromyalgia. What strong painkillers can i take during pregnancy, when I am ready to have kids? As I couldn't cope without relief.

Epidural for labor: Having an epidural during labor is effective and stress reducing for women with fibromyalgia. For fibromyalgia during pregnancy, you can take pain killers in moderation. Please discuss with your doctor if Tylenol is not sufficient for you. Try some pregnancy massage for pain. ...Read more

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Is there any way to improve the joint pain of fibromyalgia without medication during pregnancy?

Hydrotherapy: Often the pain of fibromyalgia syndrome [fms] can be partially relieved by a hot bath or shower followed by sleeping for at least one hour. This is often the most effective treatment for the headache of fms. Be aware that a hot bath or shower can contribute to symptoms of lightheadedness so it is best to have the assistance of a family member or attendant during transfer from bath to bed. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take medication for fibromyalgia during pregnancy?

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. ...Read more

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Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Why is it so important for someone with diabetes to sleep on the left side during pregnancy, but it's not stressed for other pregnant women?

Not so: Women are encouraged to sleep on their left side as pregnancy progresses as the vena cava (large blood vessel) can become flattened if lying on back (due to size of uterus). Sleeping on the left side can help to prevent this compression so that blood finds it's way to your uterus. This is true for diabetic and non-diabetic pregnant women. Take care. ...Read more

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My friend had liver issues during her pregnancy & was forced to deliver early by her docs. Why was the liver stressed/infected during her pregnancy?

My friend had liver issues during her pregnancy & was forced to deliver early by her docs.  Why was the liver stressed/infected during her pregnancy?

HELLP: Your friend may have had hellp syndrome. Check out http://www.Preeclampsia.Org/health-information/hellp-syndrome for info. Hellp stands for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelets. Hellp is considered a life threatening variant of pre-eclampsia. ...Read more

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I was stressed during second trimester will i lose pregnancy?

I was stressed during second trimester will i lose pregnancy?

Not likely: Most spontaneos abortions are not related to stress but rather a defect in the fertilized egg, other causes could be trauma, drugs, excessive alcohol or endocrine problems. Consult your gyn. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Pregnancy (Definition)

If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more


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, anxiety, ...Read more