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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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I am almost 100% positive I have fibromyalgia. I have every single symptom. I have been tested for several things, all normal. How do I get diagnosed?

I am almost 100% positive I have fibromyalgia. I have every single symptom. I have been tested for several things, all normal. How do I get diagnosed?

Rheumatologist: 33 yo female sure she has fibromyalgia & wants to know, "how do I get diagnosed?" Start with Rheumatologist; second opinion might come from an Osteopath. I have found some Neurologists inhospitable to the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Don't bother the Orthopedic surgeons. Psychiatrists seem to be fibro-sympathetic. ...Read more

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What are the symptom difference between fibromyalgia or ms?

What are the symptom difference between fibromyalgia or ms?

Many: The symptoms of ms and fibromyalgia are usually quite different. Ms symptoms include eye inflammation, limb weakness and spasticity, various types of nerve pain, walking problems and problems with the bowels and bladder among others. Fibromyalgia is more of widespread pain problem without neurological findings. ...Read more

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Would shakiness be a symptom of fibromyalgia? ?

Would shakiness be a symptom of fibromyalgia? ?

Not typically: 25 yo fibromyalgia (FM) male ? "shakiness" as symptom of FM. Shakiness is atypical FM symptom; especially in 25 yo. This symptom involves arms/neck commonly in elders w. central nervous system disorders; which Neurologist can diagnosis. Unilateral leg shakiness might occur w. pelvic instability, found in some w. FM; wherein sacroiliac joint ligament injury initiates ipsilateral leg unsteadiness. ...Read more

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Is myclonus jerks a commom symptom of fibromyalgia?

No: Fibromyalgia causes pain but does not affect the nerves that go to muscles. However, if you are taking a morphine like pain reliever for treatment of the fibromyalgia, this can cause myoclonic jerks. If this is the cause, it will go away if you decrease the dose of the pain medication. ...Read more

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Is jaw pain a symptom of fibromyalgia or tmj?

Is jaw pain a symptom of fibromyalgia or tmj?

Possibly both: It is not uncommon for fibromyalgia patients to have jaw pain. Tmj syndrome can be associated with arthritic changes or disc changes to the jaw itself which would be different then the source of pain for a fibromyalgia patient. See your physician or dentist to help sort out the source of the jaw pain. ...Read more

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Can optic neuritis and hypersensitive skin be a symptom of fibromyalgia ?

Can optic neuritis and hypersensitive skin be a symptom of fibromyalgia ?

NOT REALLY: Optic neuritis is often an initial sign of multiple sclerosis, but may well be an isolated event. An MRI of brain can clarify potential future risk issues. However, optic neuritis is not a part of fibromyalgia. Hypersensitive skin or even allodynia might be due to many conditions and could be part of the multiple trigger zones in fibromyalgia. Your diagnostic picture needs clarification. ...Read more

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Can itching and a prickling sensation be a symptom of fibromyalgia, also burning upper back muscles ?

Can itching and a prickling sensation be a symptom of fibromyalgia, also burning upper back muscles ?

Fibromyalgia: These sensation are very non-specific. They could be nothing , they could be indicative of something - there is no way of knowing without a full evaluation and assessment. ...Read more

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New jaw and arm pain for the past week, a&e said my heart isn't the cause, can fibromyalgia be causing this even though it's a new symptom? Thankyou

New jaw and arm pain for the past week, a&e said my heart isn't the cause, can fibromyalgia be causing this even though it's a new symptom? 
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Yes but need more in: jaw and arm pain can be myofascial soft tissue pain in fibromyalgia.There are other parts of your evaluation that needs to be completed. The Jaw may be TMJ, The arm may be bursitis or tendinitis. Have your physician evaluate you and have you see a rheumatologist to help clarify this. What other medical problems and other myofascial symptoms do you have?. Fibromyalgia is widespread ...Read more

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