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What Is 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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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