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Is fibromylgia a real disease?

Is fibromylgia a real disease?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a real diagnosis, which is made due to meeting certain various criteria. Just because it is a real diagnosis doesn't mean it has to be a lifelong disease process. I always take on fibromyalgia patients fully expecting to find the root causes of the fibro and work to address the many root causes, and with good results. ...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, ...Read more


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Is the fibromyalgia a fatal disease?

Is the fibromyalgia a fatal disease?

No: Fibromyalgia is accompanied by a certain degree of misery and discomfort, it will not cause loss of life. The only risk is profound depression which could make you seriously ill. ...Read more

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Is chronic Lyme disease a myth? Or is it real?

Is chronic Lyme disease a myth? Or is it real?

Real & controversial: There is a huge divide here. Most infectious disease specialists believe chronic lyme doesn't exist while ilads, a group of docs who specialize in lyme, strongly believes in it. I have many patients suffering from chronic lyme.See http://www.Hindawi.Com/journals/ipid/2010/876450/ and http://www.Ilads.Org/lyme_research/chronic_lyme.Html and http://columbia-lyme.Org/patients/ld_chronic.Html. ...Read more

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Is morgellens a real disease?

Is morgellens a real disease?

Les acaraphobes: "morgellon's disease" is delusional parasitosis, with the addition of delusion beliefs of inanimate objects in the lesion (e.g. Colored strings or fibers). Today the term "morgellons disease" is used by a community of internet folks who believe delusional parasitosis is a poorly understood "skin condition" & they dispute presence of an underlying psychological factor. ...Read more

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Is ADHD a real disease?

Is ADHD a real disease?

Yes: Changes in brain structure & chemistry found in persons with adhd in peer-reviewed studies have validated the diagnosis of adhd as a neurodevelopmental disorder with symptoms that can impact learning, peer interaction and behavior over a person's lifespan. Chadd.Org is a good resource for learning about adhd diagnosis, treatment and legal rights of people with adhd at all ages. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia a real illness or just a catchall diagnosis for hypochondria?

Is fibromyalgia a real illness or just a catchall diagnosis for hypochondria?

It is real: In fibromyalgia, certain symptoms often fall together. There are widespread pain, incapacitating fatigue, decreased pain threshold or painful points, depression, and anxiety. People who know little about it, may attribute it to what they call "psychosomatic" illness or "hypochondria" -- as if those are not "real" illnesses either. http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/guide/default.htm. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

Fairly prevalent.: Fibromyalgia is the most common rheumatologic disorder in women under 40 and the second most common in all age groups to osteoarthritis. The current thought is that it is related to hyperexcitability of nerve endings leading to symptoms of generalized pain, fatigue, areas of trigger point tenderness and sleep disruption. ...Read more

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Is pyromania a legitimate disease?

Is pyromania a legitimate disease?

Impulse disrder: Pyromania is an impulse control disorder[1] in which individuals repeatedly fail to resist impulses to deliberately start fires,[1] in order to relieve tension or for instant gratification. The term pyromania comes from the Greek word ??? (pyr, fire). Pyromania and pyromaniacs are distinct from arson, the pursuit of personal, monetary or political gain. It is multiple, deliberate and purposeful fire setting rather than accidental.[2] Pyromaniacs start fires to induce euphoria, and often fixate on institutions of fire control like fire stations and firefighters. Pyromania is a type of impulse control disorder, along with kleptomania, compulsive gambling, trichotillomania and others. ...Read more

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Is Wilson's syndrome a legitimate ailment?

Is Wilson's syndrome a legitimate ailment?

No, Wilson's syndrome, also referred to as Wilson's temperature syndrome, isn't an accepted diagnosis: Rather, Wilson's syndrome is a label applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms in people whose thyroid hormone levels are normal. Proponents of Wilson's syndrome believe it to be a mild form of thyroid hormone deficiency (hypothyroidism) that responds to treatment with a preparation of a thyroid hormone called triiodothyronine (T-3). However, the American Thyroid Association has found no scientific evidence supporting the existence of Wilson's syndrome. In a public health statement, the American Thyroid Association concluded: The diagnostic criteria for Wilson's syndrome — low body temperature and nonspecific signs and symptoms, such as fatigue, irritability, hair loss, insomnia, headaches and weight gain — are imprecise. , There's no scientific evidence that T-3 performs better than placebo in people with nonspecific symptoms, such as those described in Wilson's syndrome. . Hypothyroidism can be diagnosed by blood tests that detect insufficient levels of thyroid hormone. Wilson's syndrome shouldn't be confused with Wilson's disease — a rare, inherited disorder that causes too much copper to accumulate in certain organs. Although it's frustrating to have persistent symptoms your doctor can't readily explain, it could be worse to accept an unrecognized diagnosis from an unqualified practitioner. Unproven therapies for so-called Wilson's syndrome may leave you feeling sicker, while a treatable condition — such as fibromyalgia or depression — goes undiagnosed. ...Read more

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Is addiction a disease?

Is addiction a disease?

Yes.: Addiction is a family disease, affecting the person who is using and all of the people who are close to the one who is using. ...Read more

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Is sle really a genetic disease?

Is sle really a genetic disease?

Somewhat genetic?: Sle (lupus) is an auto-immune disorder in which a person's immune system is reacting strongly against parts of his own body. The inflammation from the immune system reaction leads to symptoms. It is believed to be partly genetic (some people may be genetically more likely to get sle) and partly environmental (something happens in a person's life that sets off the auto-immune reaction). ...Read more

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Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

Is vitiligo a disease that is hereditary?

No : Vitiligo is due to depigmentation of the skin. It is not hereditary but ... It is often associated with autoimmune disorders and many people with vitiligo also have a corresponding autoimmune disorder. Autoimmune disorders do have a genetic basis. Also, vitiligo as part of a group of symptoms is often associated with inherited genetic syndromes. In most cases it is not genetically inherited. ...Read more

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Is there really a mad cow disease or just a nice way of saying demented?

Is there really a mad cow disease or just a nice way of saying demented?

It exists: There are lots of people with dementia, and almost none with mad cow disease. It does exist, but is extraordinarily rare. But if you get demented and want to blame it on a mad cow, i promise not to tell. ...Read more

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Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

Is scoliosis a autoimmune disease?

No: Scoliosis, or an abnormal curvature of the spine, is often congenital (you are born with it) but never autoimmune. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia a lifelong illness?

No, it is usually tr: It is usually treatable. Find a knowledgeable physiciane. ...Read more

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Is lgs really a true ailment or is this just something pharma has made up?

Is lgs really a true ailment or is this just something pharma has made up?

No made up diseases: The idea that some drug company would "make up" a disease just to sell a drug is pretty silly, if you think it through. If the disease is just made up, how are they going to get docs to prescribe the medicine? More to the point, lgs is indeed very real. http://rarediseases.about.com/od/rarediseasesl/a/lennoxgastaut.htm. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

Is there a cure for munchausen syndrome by proxy?

There is treatment.: This syndrome is much studied, little understood & involves a parent or caretaker inducing physical symptoms in the child. Often the caretaker has significant emotional or psychological issues of their own leading to actions they take causing physical symptoms. Treatment is complicated. Medical and social interventions are costly but stopping the behavior is the goal. Google the syndrome for more. ...Read more

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Is there a real cure for raynaud's syndrome?

Is there a real cure for raynaud's syndrome?

If cause is "cured": Other than treating the underlying condition(s) causing raynaud's symptoms, avoiding emotional stress, keeping warm, not smoking, and avoiding caffeine, some medications can help. Nifedipine, diltiazem, losartan, and prazosin have been used in patients with raynaud's phenomenon, to block vasospasm and/or relax vessels so they can dilate to let more blood flow through them. ...Read more

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Help please! is bipolar disorder thought of as a real disease?

Help please! is bipolar disorder thought of as a real disease?

Yes: It is a real disease that afflicts many people. See the book, 'an unquiet mind' by jamison for more info on bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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Is it true that favism is considered a disease?

Is it true that favism is considered a disease?

Link to G6PD: Favism is associated with glucose-6-phophate dehydrogenase (g6pd) deficiency and is called favism because the consumption of fava beans causes oxidative stress and hemolytic anemia. See http://g6pddeficiency.Org/wp/g6pd-deficiency-home/favism-2/#.Uuqn_hmtuto for more info about the link between the two. ...Read more