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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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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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What is fibromyalgia syndrome?

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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What does fibromyalgia feel like?

Widespread pain: Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain with defined localized tender areas both above and below the waist and on both the left and right sides of the body. Tenderness is often accompanied by tingling or numbness in the limbs. Other symptoms include fatigue, impaired sleep, sometimes depression, irritable bowel, jaw pain, and other symptoms. A physician can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia syndrome like?

What is fibromyalgia syndrome like?

No individual way: Pain is a very individual symptom. Fibromyalgia can range from an aching to a burning pain and needs to be in multiple areas to qualify. In addition there may be muscle spasms and areas of vague pain discomfort or even a feeling of numbness in areas (not really numb though) severe headaches are common too and on and on. You should se a physician experienced in fibromyalgia if you are concerned. ...Read more

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What does fibromyalgia feel like exactly?

What does fibromyalgia feel like exactly?

Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia is a pain syndrome much like arthritis, but it is of the muscles not the joints. The pain is constant and has flares where it is much worse. Usually, these flares are brought on by over exertion or stress and depletion of cortisol levels. There are many trigger points of pain on the body that help with the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. These can be mapped out on most patients. ...Read more

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How do I know exactly what is fibromyalgia?

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How do I know exactly what is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: If u r asking about symptoms, please refer to the diagram. To confirm diagnosis, consult a rheumatologist! ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? Main symptoms and signs?

What is fibromyalgia? Main symptoms and signs?

Fibromyalgia : Please see the article that follows. The diagnosis is by tender points or trigger points. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001463 fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, ... Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, ... ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia and how do you know if you have it?

What is fibromyalgia and how do you know if you have it?

Complicated: ? definition & diagnosis of fibromyalgia (FM). FM is "umbrella label" for group of symptoms (chronic widespread pain, fatigue, depression, confusion, restless sleep) without single proven cause. Associated causal factors (femaleness, obesity, childbirth, hypermobility, mechanical injury, prolonged inactivity) vary among sufferers. Diagnosis is as much artistry as science. ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia? And what are the symptoms? Any cures or suggestions?

What causes fibromyalgia? And what are the symptoms? Any cures or suggestions?

Mechanical injury: ? cause fibromyalgia. Experts: "cause unknown". My theory: primary sacroiliac joint damage fr. mechanical injury and/or Joint Hypermobility. Women exposed: delicate pelvises, multiple childbirths. Unstable pelvis begets functional scoliosis w. chronic tilted head & unilat. sup. trap. mus. atrophy cause T.O.S. Chronic mus. spasms evoke trigger points. Pain-caused non-restorative sleep = depression. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? What are symptoms of fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it?

What is fibromyalgia? What are symptoms of fibromyalgia and what can be done to treat it?

Various: ? Re cause, symptoms & treatment fibromyalgia (FM). Obesity, mechanical injury, loose joints, femaleness, sedentary life, lack of sleep, & multiple childbirths associated w. FM. Symptoms: chronic widespread pain (upper & lower back), depression, & restless sleep. Cure: Aquatherapy, gentle yoga, massage, neutriceuticals, SIJ belt, biofeedback, ingested & topical cannabis, & mindfulness therapies. ...Read more

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What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

What is fibromyalgia? Is fibromyalgia a chronic illness and how prevalent is it?

Fairly prevalent.: Fibromyalgia is the most common rheumatologic disorder in women under 40 and the second most common in all age groups to osteoarthritis. The current thought is that it is related to hyperexcitability of nerve endings leading to symptoms of generalized pain, fatigue, areas of trigger point tenderness and sleep disruption. ...Read more

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Chronic pain symptoms. What is fibromyalgia pain?

Chronic pain symptoms. What is fibromyalgia pain?

Specific pattern: Fibromyalgia is a syndrome that consists of widespread muscle pain often associated with fatigue, poor sleep and joint stiffness and specific tender points. It is a real disorder yet not yet well-understood. Sometimes other conditions like lyme disease are misdiagnosed as fibromyalgia. Mainstream treatment tends to focus on symptom relief but a more holistic approach is often helpful. See comment:. ...Read more

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What is Fibromyalgia exactly &how can I avoid getting it when I have weird pains all over since a few mths? MD says to strenghten nervous system -how?

Natural lifestyle: 33y fem has "weird pains all over" & fears Fibromyalgia, FM. In order to avoid a disorder one must first know cause; see comments below. Best to pursue following: avoid obesity, exercise to keep muscles toned, good sleep hygiene, yoga, aqua therapy, mindfulness therapies, massages, soft mattress, healthy nutrition, positive attitude, recreation & avoid multiple pregnancies & extreme sports. ...Read more

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What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

What causes fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome?

No one thing: Hi. We do not know what causes either condition, so right now, your guess is as good as mine (or anyone else's). My belief is it's a constellation of causes, not any one thing. ...Read more

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I have chronic muscle aches and my doctor took tests but can't find what wrong. Fibromyalgia was ruled out. Can my iron defiency anemia be the cause?

I have chronic muscle aches and my doctor took tests but can't find what wrong. Fibromyalgia was ruled out. Can my iron defiency anemia be the cause?

No test for fibro: If you have widespread pain and nothing much else to explain it, I don't know how fibromyalgia could be ruled out - it is what we call a "diagnosis of exclusion " - meaning it is only diagnosed when it is NOT something else. Iron deficiency can make you tired and cause some soreness, but cool extremities would be more common. Unless it is severe or for another reason, I don't think it explains it ...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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What does having fibromyalgia feel like?

What does having fibromyalgia feel like?

Chronic pain/fatigue: Fm is characterized by chronic pain, specific areas of soft tissue tenderness called trigger points, morning stiffness, headache, sleep disruption and sometimes GI issues. ...Read more

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What's fibromyalgia? Just a big catchall phrase?

No: Fibromyalgia is a pain disorder in which pressure on specific points produces pain and pressure on adjacent points does not. ...Read more

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