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Doctor insights on: Diagnosing Fibromyalgia

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How do I know if my pain is fybromyalgia ?

How do I know if my pain is fybromyalgia ?

Physical: Fibromylagia is a diagnosis of exclusion. What that means is we tend to have a high degree of suspiscion after a history and physicial is completed with a patient and we rule out othre disease states. Also, most of us like to do labs and possible xrays to make sure no other disease is present. You need to see physician to see where your pain is coming from. ...Read more

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Fibromyalgia (Definition)

A condition that affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body, causing widespread ...Read more


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How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

How do I tell if my pain is sciatic pain?

Sciatica: The sciatic nerve goes from the lower back, through the buttock on both left and right, and down the back of the leg to the foot. Pain starting in the low back going down the back of the leg, or pain in the buttocks that goes down or up to the back are likely to be sciatica. There are some serious reasons for sciatica, such as disk damage, so it is suggested that you check with your physician. ...Read more

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My muscles ache constantly how do I know if this is fibromyalgia?

My muscles ache constantly how do I know if this is fibromyalgia?

New way to diagnose: In 2011, the american college of rheumatology published new diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia. These criteria include counting the number of symptoms you have, the number of areas of the body where you have tenderness and quantifying the severity of symptoms of fatigue, thinking problems and sleep quality. A score is derived and if your score is 13 or higher you meet criteria for fibromyalgia. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband is in constant pain- how do I manage?

What can I do if my husband is in constant pain- how do I manage?

What is the cause?: It is difficult to give specific advise when you do not mention the cause of your husband's pain. ...Read more

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What is pain syndrome and how do I know if I have it in my foot after surgery?

Pain like no other.: I am not really clear on what exactly you are asking about. There are several pain syndromes. Perhaps if you offer up some specifics, your concerns can be addressed. ...Read more

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What can I do if my husband is addicted to pain pills.Help what do I do?

Call his doctor: And express your concern, so he can take appropriate steps. He will help you in a non-judgemental way that can only help your husband and you. Make this step. Please. ...Read more

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How do I know if my lower back pain is serious?

How do I know if my lower back pain is serious?

Difficult question: Young healthy patients with low back pain typically do not have a serious problem. Patients with any symptom such as fever, rapid weight loss, numbness, weakness, and/or loss of bowel/bladder function should contact a doctor right away. Low back pain that persists for weeks is also concerning. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have pain in my legs that is dvt?

How do I know if I have pain in my legs that is dvt?

Pain and swelling: The most common symptom of DVT is pain and the most common physical finding is swelling. However, not everyone has these. If you have unexplained swelling with or without calf or thigh pain then a venous ultrasound would be indicated to look for a dvt. Sometimes even a ct scan or mrv is necessary. The bottom line is, if DVT is considered, then proper testing is required. ...Read more

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What to do if I have really bad joint pain. what can I take?

See details: You can see a rheumatologist, determine the cause of the pain and learn the treatment options. ...Read more

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What to do if I have arthritis in my hip bad how do I get the pain to stop?

What to do if I have arthritis in my hip bad how do I get the pain to stop?

Depends on cause.: But you need a standing pelvis x-ray to make sure the joint is not worn. If not, i will inject the hip, place the patient on nsaids and exercises. But make sure it is hip pain. Hip pain is not in the buttock area but in the groin and can go down the anterio-lateral aspect of the thigh to just above the knee. If not there, it is not hip. My patients more often than not do not have "hip" pain! ...Read more

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What can I do if zydol is not working for my back pain?

What can I do if zydol is not working for my back pain?

Zydol not working: Hello. What type of pain are you having? If any stab, burn, pins needles, sting, and/or numbness type symptoms, then Zydol is not the best for this type of pain. If symptoms are more dull, throb, ache, then it should be working. If you are unable to safely take anti-inflammatories, then you'll need to speak to your provider about stronger. Re-exam. See if something new is occurring in your back. ...Read more

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How I know if my back ache is dangerous?

How I know if my back ache is dangerous?

Good question: This is a very good question and it is not easy to answer. The best way to answer is to see a doctor. Some concepts to consider- 1) serious back aches interfere with walking, sensation to touch, or control of the urinary or bowel function 2) serious back aches occur with trauma, a history of cancer, or infection 3) serious back aches tend to become rapidly worse Hope that helps! ...Read more

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How would i know if my tailbone is broken, if it is, what do I do?

How would i know if my tailbone is broken, if it is, what do I do?

Push on it: If you had a specific injury and it is really tender in one spot, and there is no redness or other sign of infection, it is either contused or broken. Treatment is the same. There are cushions that have the center cut out ("coccydygnia cushions" or you can put a small firm cushion on your chair, sitting with the tailbone over its edge. Soft chairs do not work as well as firm chairs. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have abdominal migraines? I have all the symptoms. If I do have it what is the worse that could happen? And how do I cope with it?

How do I know if I have abdominal migraines? I have all the symptoms. If I do have it what is the worse that could happen? And how do I cope with it?

Never heard of it!: I have not heard about this term..Abdominal migraines! i assume you have some sort of pain in the belly. If you are concerned about what you might have, you need to go see your doctor and get tested. There is no reason to worry about something without knowing what it is. So go get a check up by your doctor soon.At your age it is unlikely to be anything serious, yet you must find out what is going. ...Read more

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I have pain on my back left molar but i don't know what the pain is. How do I tell for sure?

I have pain on my back left molar but i don't know what the pain is. How do I tell for sure?

Visit your dentist: The only way to know for sure is to have an exam by your dentist. The conditions in our mouths are constantly changing. Adults should have a complete dental exam every 6-12 months to help ensure that any problems are caught and treated before thety become major problems. ...Read more

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What is preeclampsia and how do I know if I have it?

What is preeclampsia and how do I know if I have it?

See below: It is an illness characterized usually in the latter stages of pregnancy by fluid retention in the legs and face and alarmingly increasing BP measurements. Untreated it can lead to stroke and even death and fetal demise. ...Read more

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What to do if I have mono, how do I know if my liver/spleen is swollen?

What to do if I have mono, how do I know if my liver/spleen is swollen?

Found on exam: If you know how to look for it the liver edge can be detected below its normal position and the spleen could be felt on the left side of the abdomen. I know of few people who could realistically judge either on themselves.The physician can determine this on physical exam or ultrasound. ...Read more

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How will I know if I am having appendicitis pain, and not something else?

Symptoms and tests: Once appendicitis starts, it usually gets worse over a day or two and never lets up. If your symptoms started over a short period of time and have been progressively getting worse, it could be appendicitis. The only way to be sure is with a ct scan. Some other conditions, like inflammatory bowel disease can cause similar pain. If the pain does not get better, have it checked out by a doctor. ...Read more

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