fibromyalgia

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Is fibromyalgia real?

Yes

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Although there are no tests, to date, that can confirm a case of fibromyalgia, it is real. Unfortunately it can only be diagnosed by history, physical and ruling out other diseases.
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Who gets Fibromyalgia?

Anyone

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Anyone can develop fibromyalgia. It is more common in women, typically beginning in the 2nd-4th decade. I do see it more commonly in my clinic among patients who have a 1st degree relative who suffers from alcoholism, among patients with remote history of physical or sexual abuse, and occasionally after a traumatic injury. A higher incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders may be associated
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Is fibromyalgia genetic?

Possibly

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There has been some research that suggests that tendency to chronic pain and fibromyalgia may have some genetic basis however this question is far from clear. Most conditions are usually a combination of genetic as well as environmental factors which are complex.
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What causes fibromyalgia?

Unknown cause

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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.
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What can cure fibromyalgia?

Control only

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No known cure to fully eradicate, but several medications are quite helpful to control the symptoms. Best success with Lyrica, Savella, Cymbalta. Non-medication approaches involve exercise, stress management, and healthy diet.
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Dr. Betty Keller answered:

How did I get fibromyalgia?

Unknown

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The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. People have developed FMS after physical, and or emotional trauma, in addition cases have also been seen after a viral or bacterial infection. It is most likely caused by many different triggers and in some people from multiple triggers.
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Can SLE cause fibromyalgia?

No

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SLE does not cause fibromyalgia. However, They are both considered rheumatic diseases and can both occur in the same person.
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How common is Fibromyalgia?

Common

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It affects 2-4% of the US population with a male to female ratio of 9:1
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Is fibromyalgia autoimmune?

No

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There is no known autoimmune cause of fibromyalgia. Current thinking is that is is a central nervous system disorder.
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Does fibromyalgia get worse?

No

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It is not a progressive disease and it is never fatal. See the excellent information on the www.arthritis.org website.
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