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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

Dr. Laurence Badgley
1,364 Doctors shared insights

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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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

People have healed from fibromyalgia and published methods and details of their healing journeys. ...See 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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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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Is pain the most common symptom of fibromyalgia?

Is pain the most common symptom of fibromyalgia?

Yes, it's a spectrum: That pain seems to be an overriding component. ...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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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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I'm a language assistant and its hard for me to remember words to say even sometimes in my own language is this fibromyalgia signs?

I'm 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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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Stay active and fit and stay well rested all of these factors guard against 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)

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

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

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

If fibromyalgia has been diagnosed, odds are high it's really Lyme! ...See more

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What can you do to treat fibromyalgia?

Many Treatments: There are a variety of things to try. Find out from your doctor if he has medications that are used for fibro such as savella, (milnacipran) Lyrica or cymbalta. There also drugs in the same classes as these meds that are sometimes used "off-label" that are effective but much less expensive. Mild exercise that is water-based may be beneficial. Underlying conditions need to be treated too. ...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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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Fibromyalgia pain is not at the joint line. ...See more

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I have been treated for fibromyalgia and degenerative joint and disc disease for years. Is marinol effective for chronic pain? I am very leery of opioids.

I have been treated for fibromyalgia and degenerative joint and disc disease for years. Is marinol effective for chronic pain? I am very leery of opioids.

Marinol: Marinol seems to help more with nausea & stimulating appetite, than with chronic pain. People with cancer or other illnesses who have lost their appetites and have lost too much weight benefit from this. It's nothing like opiates for pain control. Many medicines and treatments can work better for fibromyalgia than opiates. I hope you and your physicians can find a helpful regimen for you! ...Read more

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Is etodolac used for treating fibromyalgia?

Is etodolac used for treating fibromyalgia?

NSAID: Etodolac (lodine) is a non-steroidal anti-inflmmatory agent used for many things inflammed. Any soft-tissue pain = myofascial symptom, can benefit from nsaids. Most "fibro" is misdiagnosed and is most likely a form of myofascial soft-tissue pain stemming from primary injury or secondary issues like arthritis. True fibromyalgia doesn't respond well to nsaids. ...Read more

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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

Chinese martial art "tai chi" has been found to be helpful with fibromyalgia. ...See more

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What research is being done on fibromyalgia treatment?

Probably much: I know from patients that many are helped my acupuncture, and anti-inflammatory diets. Exercise, some anti-depressants, and omega 3 also help. Best Wishes ...Read more

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Are there any natural treatments for fibromyalgia?

Are there any natural treatments for fibromyalgia?

Sleep restoration: If it restores sleep and allows the individual to awaken refreshed, it would likely help. ...Read more

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