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How can I tell if my pain symptoms are fibromyalgia?

How can I tell if my pain symptoms are fibromyalgia?

Criteria: The american college of rheumatology published diagnostic criteria for fibromygia. You need to be examined by a physician familiar with these criteria who can make the call. You must have widespread pain both above and below the waist, on both the left and right sides of the body, and more than 11 of 18 predefined localized tender pointson exam. You must also rule out other similar conditions. ...Read more

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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


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Chronic pain symptoms. What is fibromyalgia pain?

Chronic pain symptoms. What is fibromyalgia pain?

Specific pattern: Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that consists of widespread muscle pain often associated with fatigue, poor sleep and joint stiffness and specific tender points. It is a real disorder yet not yet well-understood. Sometimes other conditions like lyme disease are misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. Mainstream treatment tends to focus on symptom relief but a more holistic approach is often helpful. See comment:. ...Read more

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Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

Can you list some key differences between fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome? I have most symptoms of both, so need some way of distinction.

FM vs. CFS: Fm is a generalized systemic condition that is characterized by widespread aching or pain throughout the body. To be included in the diagnosis of fm, this pain should be located in at least three out of four quadrants of the body or along the entire spine for a minimum of three months. Cfs may be distinguished from fm on the basis of the presence of cognitive dysfunction, which is absent in fm. ...Read more

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When do symptoms of fibromyalgia start?

When do symptoms of fibromyalgia start?

Varies: ? when symptoms fibromyalgia start. Sx's express months-years after causal event(s); explains elusiveness of "The Cause". Widespread painful chronic muscle spasms follow upon unstable joints, loose ligaments (some injured, some hypermobile), weight gain, pelvic childbirth injury, major joint mechanical injury, weak soft tissues (myofascia & muscles) from inactivity, plus gravity's chronic impress. ...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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What are some common symptoms of fibromyalgia?

What are some common symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: Chronic muscle pain or spasms or tightness, severe fatigue, insomnia or restless sleep, stiffness, difficulty with memory or concentration, irritable bowel symptoms, headaches, tender face or jaws, sensitivity to noise or odors or bright light or cold , anxiety/depression, numbness in face or arms or legs, frequent urination, intolerance to exercise, hands & feet feel swollen. ...Read more

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What can I do to decrease my symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Exercise and Meds: Exercise is the number one proven treatment for fibro. It must be gentle but daily aerobic exercise. There are now 3 medications approved for the treatment of fibromyalgia-savella, Cymbalta and lyrica (pregabalin). Since these require a prescription, i recommend you see your doctor for further evaluation and treatment. Good luck-there is hope! ...Read more

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What can I do to address the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

What can I do to address the symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Integrative Medicine: I recommend you consider an evaluation by an integrative medicine or functional medicine doctor. I would encourage you to not just surrender to the diagnosis. Acupuncture, hormone optimization, exercise, detox of heavy metals if present, stopping gluten and other food sensitivities, attending to any methylation SNPS, can all help in addition to the more mainstream treatments. ...Read more

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