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What is fibromalygia?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Criteria for FM
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). New criteria have been proposed referring to a "widespread pain index" and a "symptom severity score".

In brief: Criteria for FM
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). New criteria have been proposed referring to a "widespread pain index" and a "symptom severity score".
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
Dr. Haleh Niknia-Agdassi
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Dr. Hallie Robbins
Finding 11/18 points is a good test in a research setting but might not be accurate to base a fibromyalgia diagnosis clinically. Endocrine imbalances, fatigue, brain fog, and sore muscles and exercise intolerance affect some FM people.
Mike Moore
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Fibromyalgia is. . .
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. The cause is not known, but drugs that affect the nervous system (like anti-seizure drugs) seem to help, so it may be a type of neurological disorder.

In brief: Fibromyalgia is. . .
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. The cause is not known, but drugs that affect the nervous system (like anti-seizure drugs) seem to help, so it may be a type of neurological disorder.
Mike Moore
Mike Moore
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Dr. Laurence Badgley
General Practice
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Laurence Badgley
Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Dr. Liesa Harte
Family Medicine
In brief: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

In brief: Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Dr. Liesa Harte
Dr. Liesa Harte
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