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Dr. Betty Keller Dr. Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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How can I get help with fibromyalgia?

How can I get help with fibromyalgia?

See a specialist: See a doctor who has a special interest and experience in treating fibromyalgia. There is no one specialist that sees fibromyalgia, the most common physicians who treat fibromyalgia are primary care, rheumatologists, neurologists or pain management specialists. ...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


Dr. Romanth Waghmarae Dr. Waghmarae
Pain Management
35 years in practice
Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of the Witwatersrand
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How can I get help treating my fibromyalgia?

How can I get help treating my fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: Please see a rheumatologist first- they will decide who else you should also see. ...Read more

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Dr. Betty Keller Dr. Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
31 years in practice
St. George's University School of Medicine
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How did I get fibromyalgia?

How did I get fibromyalgia?

Unknown: The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. People have developed fms after physical, and or emotional trauma, in addition cases have also been seen after a viral or bacterial infection. It is most likely caused by many different triggers and in some people from multiple triggers. ...Read more

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Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
years in practice
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Does fibromyalgia get worse?

Does fibromyalgia get worse?

No: It is not a progressive disease and it is never fatal. See the excellent information on the www.Arthritis.Org website. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Patterson Dr. Patterson
Family Medicine
39 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Can fibromyalgia get worse over time?

Can fibromyalgia get worse over time?

Yes....but: Most of my patients stabilize and thru multiple modalities actually improve. Check out dr. Teitelbaum's data . He actually claims cure and or marked improvement with his protocol which attacks both fms and chronic fatigue (cfs. ) hope this helps. If you have other questions get in touch. Another great book is "the fibromyalgia handbook" by staranyl and copeland. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Can fibromyalgia get better with time?

Can fibromyalgia get better with time?

Yes but depends: ? can fibromyalgia (FM) improve. Sufferer must make specific efforts. Cause is chronic soft tissue injury w. deconditioning & widespread painful spasm; resultant from childbirth, mechanical injury, obesity, chronic disease induced prolonged inactivity & hypermobility. Gravity is repetitive stressor. Must invoke aquatherapy, gentle yoga, weight loss, neutriceuticals & cannabis soporific-analgesic. ...Read more

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Dr. Bruce Rothschild Dr. Rothschild
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
37 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Dr. Pierre Moeser Dr. Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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How to get tested for fibromyalgia? And where?

How to get tested for fibromyalgia? And where?

Primary Care: The syndrome is diagnosed based on history, physical examination, and tests that rule out other conditions. I would start with your primary care physician who can begin the work-up. Other doctors that can diagnose the condition are neurologists, rheumatologists, psychiatrists, pain specialists, and physiatrists. Ask the doctor's office before making an appt as not all doctors DX this condition. ...Read more

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Dr. David Hardin Dr. Hardin
Wound care
32 years in practice
University of Illinois College of Medicine
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Is there any way to get relief from fibromyalgia?

Is there any way to get relief from fibromyalgia?

Yes but slowly: Unfortunately there is no magical relief careful trial of the three fda indicated drugs, savella, (milnacipran) lyrica, and Cymbalta at different times as well as correcting sleep problems with specific medications and the use of various physical modalities and gradual aerobic excercize. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Berry Dr. Berry
Clinical Psychology
10 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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How do you get people to understand fibromyalgia?

How do you get people to understand fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: Education is the best way. Many who battle it are willing to speak openly about it as a means of advocacy and awareness. The more people can open up about it, the less ignorance, shame, and misinformation there will be about it. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Do lots of people get fibromyalgia, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get fibromyalgia, or is it unusual?

About 4%: ? about the incidence of fibromyalgia is that is about 4% population & crosses all races and cultures. Even children can develop the symptom constellation called fibromyalgia. Most fibromyalgia sufferers are women. In my mind the explanation for female prominence is that women inherit joint ligament laxity. There is a known relationship between fibromyalgia and Joint Hypermobility Syndrome. ...Read more

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Dr. Ivan Greenspan Dr. Greenspan
Clinical Psychology
17 years in practice
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How does someone get fibromyalgia and what are the symptoms?

Varies: The condition can arise after periods of stress, a specific physical trauma or prolonged infection. The symptoms vary but typically the individual has multiple points of musculoskeletal pain above and below the waist without a specific medical cause. Symptoms often include depression, stomach complaints, trouble concentrating and trouble sleeping. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Chen Dr. Chen
Clinical Psychology
26 years in practice
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Fibromyalgia- what are others doing to get relief from the pain?

Fibromyalgia- what are others doing to get relief from the pain?

Pain management: There are many tools and techniques for pain management. Some are medical and some are psychological. Jon kabat-zinn has written extensively in this area of mindfulness and pain management. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser Dr. Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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At what age do people usually get fibromyalgia and what are their symptoms?

Women under 40: Fibromyalgia can occur at any age but most commonly affects women, usually starting before the age of forty. Symptoms include chronic, generalized pain, fatigue, headaches, disrupted sleep and GI problems. ...Read more

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Dr. EVAN Leibowitz Dr. Leibowitz
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
21 years in practice
University of Sheffield Medical School, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
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Would it be possible that a person get on disability diagnosed with fibromyalgia?

It's not easy: In general patients who go on disability with fibromyalgia have worse health outcomes than those who do not. Often the initial disability claim will be denied. Then you would need to hire an attorney preferably experienced in successfully getting fibromyalgia patients on disability. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Chris Hawley Dr. Hawley
Family Medicine
20 years in practice
UCLA School of Medicine
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How do you find a dr who specializes in helping someone with fibromyalgia? I've been to every type of dr in the book over the past year and a half. I just get referred to other drs but no help.

Fibromyalgia: Physicians with a particular interest in fibromyalgia may have a variety of different specialities including rheumatology (most common), physical medicine & rehabilitation (pm&r), pain management or neurology. I would try a fibromyalgia support group website to find a doctor in your area or try contacting specialist offices in your area (see above) to find someone with special expertise in this. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley Dr. Badgley
General Practice
49 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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Can you get fibromyalgia in just the upper back ?

Can you get fibromyalgia in just the upper back ?

Perhaps: ? if possible fibromyalgia "just upper back". Natural evolution of initial soft tissue injury to manifestation of widely ranging symptom constellation labelled "fibromyalgia" is measured in months & years. Chronic soft tissue injury here might evoke splinting, guarding & asymmetric biomechanical functions causal of advanced soft tissue injuries via gravitational repetitive stress. GRAVITY RULES. ...Read more

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Dr. Christopher Wilson Dr. Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
17 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Could i get help with painful knots in upper back! are they fibromyalgia knots?

I do not know if: Your knots or trigger points are related to another medical problem. Acupuncture can be superior for breaking down trigger points as can gua sha (scraping). Take care. ...Read more