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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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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

Fibromyalgia: Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). Cause is unknown however research looks to a disorder of central processing and pain amplification. ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia?

What causes fibromyalgia?

Unknown cause: The cause is unknown. Certain parts of the brain regulate which sensations are perceived as painful ( a pain gate mechanism). This becomes altered in fibromyalgia and non-painful stimuli are felt as painful. There are also alterations in the brain's sleep cycle mechanism. ...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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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)

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

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How is fibromyalgia typically diagnosed?

Hands-on exam: There is no blood test, image (x-ray, mri) test, or procedure (biopsy, EMG test). The test for fibromyalgia is the history and physical exam of a skilled physician who knows the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. That exam includes palpation of the defined 'tender points' of fibromyalgia--you must have at least 11 of 18. You must also meet the other diagnostic criteria to have fibromyalgia. ...Read 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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Fibromyalgia (Tip)

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

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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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What are some treatment options for fibromyalgia?

What are some treatment options for fibromyalgia?

Exercise and meds: The best way to manage fibro is with mild daily aerobic exercise. However if you need further help, there are some new medications approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Since they require a prescription, you will have to see your doctor to get them. ...Read more

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