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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, cognitive dysfunction and others.


Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

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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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, cognitive dysfunction and others.


Dr. Jose Barreto
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What is the definition or description of: fibromyalgia?

What is the definition or description of: fibromyalgia?

Pain &other symptoms: Widespread pain and tenderness on palpation of specific muscle points, associated with variety of other symptoms that include fatigue, sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, cognitive dysfunction and others. ...Read more

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Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS) (Tip)

Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Did you know that trauma to the neck increases the risk of developing fibromyalgia? ...See more

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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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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Dr. Pierre Moeser
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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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Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS) (Tip)

Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Fibromyalgia is a disease. It has been documented by MRI studies, emg/ncv test, blood tests, biopsy. ...See more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
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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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Dr. Michele Arnold
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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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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS) (Tip)

Living with Fibromyalgia (FMS)

Fibromyalgia means algia (pain) in your fibers (connective) and myofascial (muscle) tissue. ...See more

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