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What is fibromalagia?

What is fibromalagia?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a collection of symptoms of persistent widespread pain, stiffness, fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety, depression, & often with other unexplained symptoms. It typically occurs in young or middle-aged women, but can affect anyone. We don't know what causes it, but drugs that affect the nervous system (like anti-seizure drugs) seem to help, so it may be a type of neurological disorder. ...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


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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?

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?

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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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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Can fibromyalgia cripple you?

Can fibromyalgia cripple you?

No: Fibromyalgia does not cause crippling deformities. It is very important to stay active, participate in social activities, and keep a positive outlook as the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia can cause depression and poor physical conditioning. There are many diseases that are worse but fibromyalgia can be difficult. ...Read more

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How can fibromyalgia be cured?

How can fibromyalgia be cured?

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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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

Fibromyalgia: Fm is a common syndrome associated w/widespread pain; may be accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive/ memory problems, anxiety, depression. To meet criteria for diagnosis: widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of body for >3 months and 11-18 tender points (determined by md). Cause is unknown however research looks to a disorder of central processing and pain amplification. ...Read more

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How can I help my fibromyalgia?

How can I help my fibromyalgia?

Activity management: First arrange for regular aquatherapy. Next, optimum nutrition needs institution with view to weight loss if needed. Gentle yoga, massages, medicinal cannabis, and mindfulness therapies need managing. Over time the sufferer will spiral toward improved health and well being. ...Read more

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Can fibromyalgia affect speech?

No, but meds can: Fibromyalgia causes widespread muscle pain, fatigue, changes in sensory perception, sleep dysfunction, and can be associated with TMJ (jaw) problems, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, and interstitial cystitis. Speech or language abnormalities are not associated with fibromyalgia. However, side effects of fibromyalgia medications include slurring or word-finding difficulties. ...Read more

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Can anything help fibromyalgia?

Can anything help fibromyalgia?

Exercise: ? about what, besides meds, helps fibromyalgia (FM). Since deconditioned & spastic muscles are complicitous, muscle relaxation & tonification seem worthwhile therapies. Land-based physical therapy too pained for most with FM except when gravity is negated by buoyancy of water with aquatherapy. Massages with cannabis lotion relaxes muscle spasms. Edible cannabis indica provides general pain relief. ...Read more

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What could lead to fibromyalgia?

What could lead to fibromyalgia?

Unknown.: The cause of fibromyalgia remains unknown. The current research shows that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors that lead to a central sensitization syndrome. This means there is an abnormal pain signaling process in the brain and spinal cord. Precipitating factors include physical and mental trauma as well as infections, and autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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How was fibromyalgia discovered?

How was fibromyalgia discovered?

Wise physicians: It was identified by experienced wise physicians who realized that this was not due to inflammatory changes. It was put together in view of the symptom complex and the findings and compounded by poor exercise, poor sleep and /or poor control of psychologic issues. Your government has cheapened the value of wise physicians and this will backfire with time. We need wise physicians! ...Read more

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Can anyone develop fibromyalgia?

Yes: Fibromyalgia can develop in anyone but usually adults and usually adult women who outnumber men 8:1. ...Read more

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