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Doctor insights on: Fibromyalgia Is A Fake Disease

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Are rheumatic diseases related to fibromyalgia?

Yes: ? Of association of rheumatic diseases w. fibromyalgia (FM). These disorders often occur concurrently. In my opinion, explanation for this occurrence is that FM is disorder characterized by musculoskeletal deconditioning, & many rheumatic diseases cause increased splinting, guarding, and disuse of body parts; causing increased general muscle weakness, dysfunction, chronic muscle spasm, and pain. ...Read more

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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Coping with the disabilitating yet silent disease fibromyalgia. I am almost ready to give up.

Coping with the disabilitating yet silent disease fibromyalgia. I am almost ready to give up.

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a terrible disease. It is difficult to get the understanding from your family and friends as to the amount of pain you live with and how this impacts your life. Make sure you have a doctor who is able you listen to you and try different medications. You probably will need to be on an antidepressant to help manage the chronic depression that comes with fibromyalgia. Good luck. ...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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Fibromyalgia vs huntingtons disease, what's the difference?

Fibromyalgia : Huntington's Disease is genetic and fibromyalgia is a diagnosis made by meeting certain symptom criteria. Very different. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia an auto immune disease?

Is fibromyalgia an auto immune disease?

No: No fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome and not a disease. This means it is a collection of symptoms. The hallmark of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread pain. It is felt to be the result of overactive nerves. There appears to be abnormal processing of pain in the central nervous system. (the brain and the spinal cord). ...Read more

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What diseases can mimic fibromyalgia? Nothing found in standard blood tests.

What diseases can mimic fibromyalgia? Nothing found in standard blood tests.

Fibromyalgia: There are no specific lab tests for fibromyalgia. It is generally a diagnosis of exclusion. You may wish to consult a rheumatologist.
For good health — Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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We are in the 21 century and no cure for fibromyalgia. Why? Are there recent researches for that horrible painful disease. Please tell me.

We are in the 21 century and no cure for fibromyalgia. Why? Are there recent researches for that horrible painful disease. Please tell me.

Wrong Theories: Clinical researchers are looking for virus, immune disorder, or genetic cause. To my mind, changes seen in these arenas are not causes, but are effects; except for joint hypermobility syndrome (inherited). The cause is primary pelvic girdle injury leading to tilted body & chronic & widely ranging muscle spasms. Since cause multivarient, cure is multivarient. True cause explained at quora. Com. ...Read more

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We are in the 21 st century and how still we do not have a cure for fibromyalgia which is one worse chronic diseases. And why? Is there any hope for?

We are in the 21 st century and how still we do not have a cure for fibromyalgia which is one worse chronic diseases. And why? Is there any hope for?

Working on it: Fibromyalgia is a disease invented by a pharmaceutical company just 20 years ago or so. There is research being done on it. However, it's not one of the worst diseases by a long shot although it can be debilitating. Cancer, diabetes, & heart disease are far worse, affect many more people, & have existed for generations. No one ever died of fibromyalgia. Millions have died of the other 3. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Hashimoto's disease and fibromyalgia?

What is the difference between Hashimoto's disease and fibromyalgia?

Pain & tissues: Hashimotos is a thyroid endocrine gland disorder. Fibromyalgia is a widespread pain disorder generated by soft tissues being biomechanically stressed. Some doctors theorize that central (brain) nervous system processing of pain is faulty & the primary cause, but this theory is discounted by copious evidence for multiple causes of FM & significant ongoing peripheral (soft tissues) pain generation. ...Read more

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What's the difference between fibromyalgia & connective tissue disease?

What's the difference between fibromyalgia & connective tissue disease?

Immune system: Connective diseases such as lupus and scleroderma are diseases that result from the immune system attacking the body itself. Fibromyalgia is a syndrome of symptoms including fatigue, non-restful sleep, and widespread pain. Its cause is unknown. It may be due to imbalance in chemicals in the nerves in the brain. ...Read more

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What's the difference between fibromyalgia and an undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

What's the difference between fibromyalgia and an undifferentiated connective tissue disease?

A LOT!: Any connective tissue disease (ctd) is essentially autoimmune, in nature, meaning the body is attacking itself. 'Undifferentiated' may mean it's not classified or not classifiable, but still bears the hallmarks of inflammation & autoimmunity. No one can really agree what fibromyalgia is or what it's cause(s) are, but it does not appear to be autoimmune. Treatments for the 2 are very different. ...Read more

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One doc said fibromyalgia is a diagnosis when everything else has been ruled out. He mentioned sarcoid disease. Any other diseases I could check out?

Yes: A basic lab panel to rule out endocrine or autoimmune diseases might include blood counts, blood chemistries, thyroid function, liver function, vitamin d, esr/crp. With risk factors imwould consider hepatitis panel, hiv. ...Read more

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I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

I have degenerative disc disease from c1 thru t9, and fibromyalgia. What could I do?

Another doctor: ? What treatments are for DDD & fibromyalgia (FM) in 38 yo. DDD merely radiologic descriptor &, as applied to 38 yo, not pain generator. Find another physician, preferably Osteopath. FM cause is multifactorial soft tissue injuries requiring several non-toxic natural therapies, including weight loss & exercise (aquatherapy, gentle yoga, walking), to reconstitute proper soft tissue function & cure. ...Read more

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I have liver disease and fibromyalgia: is saccharomyces cerevisiai a danger to my health?

I have liver disease and fibromyalgia: is saccharomyces cerevisiai a danger to my health?

Probably not: S. C. Is a species of yeast, likely the most widely studied, and has been used in winemaking, brewing, and baking for thousands years. It is present within the body, most commonly the cuticles of fingernails. I am unaware of it being dangerous to humans, even in presence of liver disease. There exists some intriguing research associating anibodies to this yeast with crohn's diseaase. Refer to id. ...Read more

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What's the difference between mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia? I'm confused.

What's the difference between mixed connective tissue disease and fibromyalgia? I'm confused.

Unrelated: These two issues are unrelated. Mctd is an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia is a disorder of chronic widespread pain manifesting as tender points and fatigue. ...Read more

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How do I live happy& healthy with autoimmune disease & fibromyalgia- I want to run, exercise, hike, & feel great like I use too just 1 year ago?

How do I live happy& healthy with autoimmune disease & fibromyalgia- I want to run, exercise, hike, & feel great like I use too just 1 year ago?

Get support: Lower stress by having a counselor help you set priorities and boundaries with family and friends. You have limited energy, so use it wisely! Even if you feel lousy, try to get dressed in your running outfit and at least go outside and sit under a tree. You may feel like taking a few steps, maybe not. Don't beat yourself up for not being like a year ago. You will likely improve with time! ...Read more

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My wife has lupus and fibromyalgia. Is there a clinic that specializes in these diseases? Or should we just suck em up and be content with present?

My wife has lupus and fibromyalgia.  Is there a clinic that specializes in these diseases?  Or should we just suck em up and be content with present?

Lupis treatment: The best kind of dr. To address your condition is called a rheumatologist. I would look for someone who is board certified in that specialty. There should be a listing in the yellow pages or you may want to check with your local medical society.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I have fibromyalgia. I'm on lyrica (pregabalin) is there any new fibro meds on the market. I've had this disease for yrs now and so does my mom. Is there any new?

I have fibromyalgia. I'm on lyrica (pregabalin) is there any new fibro meds on the market. I've had this disease for yrs now and so does my mom. Is there any new?

Yes: Consider savella (milnacipran) — new drug indicated for fibromyalgia with a different mechanism of action than lyrica. Discuss with prescribing physician to see if you are a candidate. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia considered to be an autoimmune or viral disease or related to neurotransmitters?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is an "energy crisis" disorder. It is due to numerous underlying disorders that lead to depletion of energy stores in the muscles. Therefore, these disorders can include hormone depletion, nutrient depletion, poor sleep, viruses and other infections, clotting disorders, depletion of neurotransmitters. Autoimmune disorders may have a similar set of issues. ...Read more

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I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

I'm curious if there are any doctors here that think that undiagnosed Lyme disease may be the cause of alot of fibromyalgia and CFS?

Lyme disease: Can be diagnosed and treated by your family doctor. If symptoms continue, a Lyme disease specialist can help. Your doc or the local medical society or hospital can refer you. Yes, please see doc and get tested but know that Lyme results and symptoms are mysterious anc can produce Fibro & CFS like symptoms. If you have symptoms see doc even if lab work says not. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Does Fibromyalgia disease cause erectile dysfunction?

Does Fibromyalgia disease cause erectile dysfunction?

Yes, definitely: Fibromyalgia in men is very uncommon, but it does exist. Lack of interest in sex or erectile dysfunction just a few common symptoms of FM. Also, the medication could play a role in ED (e.g. celexa, (citalopram) cymbalta).
Rec.: you should discussed this issue with your treating physician. Good luck. ...Read more

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Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia autoimmune both diseases?

Are chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia autoimmune both diseases?

Autoimmune disease: Neither disease is of the autoimmune variety. They tend to be diagnosed based on specific findings and very general symptoms. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, hughes disease, fibromyalgia. My feet are so cold during cooler months. Could this be reynauds disease?

I have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, hughes disease, fibromyalgia. My feet are so cold during cooler months. Could this be reynauds disease?

It could be: In addition to your medical workup you might want to try supplementing with some arginine hydrochloride. Check with your doctor if this is ok. You can start with 500mg at night, try to increase to am and pm. You can increase to at least 2000mg twice a day. This supplement is a precursor to Nitric Oxide so it can interact with some meds like Nitroglycerin and other blood vessel opening drugs. ...Read more

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I am on a fentanyl patch to control my pain I have fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease. I forgot this morning, took Ultram twice 100 mg, I am naseous.?

I am on a fentanyl patch to control my pain I have fibromyalgia, chronic Lyme disease.  I forgot this morning, took Ultram twice 100 mg, I am naseous.?

Nausea: Nausea can be a symptom of opiate withdrawal, but you are wearing your fentanyl patch. Nausea is also a common side effect of ultram. It's possible that this is the result of the inadvertent double dose of ultram you gave yourself, rather than opiate withdrawal. I suggest contacting your physician, and also creating a way to consistently keep track of the pills you take each day. ...Read more