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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. Jay Rosenfeld
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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'm scared I may have fibromyalgia. I have severe back pain where I can't get out of bed. I always feel tired and no one knows why. What could this be?

Many problems cause : Fibromyalgia causes symptoms of muscular pain, fatigue and disturbed sleep. It is not associated with hot, red or swollen joints, which are more indicative of an arthritic condition. Muscle overuse, thyroid problems, diabetes and other health issues can play a role. In latitudes like the pacific north west, vitamin d deficiency is a common cause of these symptoms, but it can occur anywhere. ...Read more

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Is fibromyalgia real?

Is fibromyalgia real?

Yes: Although there are no tests, to date, that can confirm a case of fibromyalgia, it is real. Unfortunately it can only be diagnosed by history, physical and ruling out other diseases. ...Read more

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Who gets fibromyalgia?

Who gets fibromyalgia?

Anyone: Anyone can develop fibromyalgia. It is more common in women, typically beginning in the 2nd-4th decade. I do see it more commonly in my clinic among patients who have a 1st degree relative who suffers from alcoholism, among patients with remote history of physical or sexual abuse, and occasionally after a traumatic injury. A higher incidence of depressive and anxiety disorders may be associated. ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia?

What causes fibromyalgia?

Unknown cause: The cause is unknown. Certain parts of the brain regulate which sensations are perceived as painful ( a pain gate mechanism). This becomes altered in fibromyalgia and non-painful stimuli are felt as painful. There are also alterations in the brain's sleep cycle mechanism. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia go away?

Can fibromyalgia go away?

Yes,but...: ? if fibromyalgia (FM) can "go away". Yes, if the patient makes correct efforts related to certain lifestyles. Cause of FM "officially unknown". Clinical data supports that FM is multifactorial & treatments are multimodal. Patient efforts at muscle reconditioning via aquatherapy, massage, gentle yoga, medicinal cannabis, weight loss, & mindfulness therapies provide best potential for a cure. ...Read more

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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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What can cure fibromyalgia?

Control only: No known cure to fully eradicate, but several medications are quite helpful to control the symptoms. Best success with lyrica, savella, (milnacipran) cymbalta. Non-medication approaches involve exercise, stress management, and healthy diet. ...Read more

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How common is fibromyalgia?

Common: It affects 2-4% of the us population with a male to female ratio of 9:1. ...Read more

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