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Fibromyalgia Information

  • Fibromyalgia is a condition notoriously difficult to diagnose and cope with, and occurs mainly in women. It is characterized by the presence of pain throughout the body, and a heightened pain response to stimuli that don't normally cause pain (called Allodynia). Fibromyalgia sufferers often experience sleep problems and general fatigue...
  • Causes of Fibromyalgia

    The precise cause of fibromyalgia has not been identified. Possible contributors include physical trauma, an acute period of stress, lyme disease, and immune-related conditions like lupus or arthritis. In fact, fibromyalgia is often referred to as an arthritis-related condition.

    Treating Fibromyalgia

    Anti-depressants, muscle relaxants, and pain medications are routinely prescribed to help sufferers cope with fibromyalgia. Lyrica, an FDA-approved nerve-pain drug, is one treatment for fibromyalgia. Because the skin may be unusually sensitive, many living with the condition use special mattress covers and wear clothing made from softer fabrics. The most highly-recommended alternative treatments among DailyStrength members are heat and aqua therapy. Finding sources of emotional support, such as group counseling or online forums, can help to relieve feelings of isolation and loneliness.

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Successful ways to cope with fibromyalgia exist. One important tool is a daily pain journal where you record your pain symptoms. You can also write down the location of the pain and the intensity on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the worst). Take this notebook with you to your doctor's appointment. Reviewing this information together will allow ... Read More »
People who have certain other illnesses appear to have an increased risk for developing fibromyalgia. Rheumatic diseases are most closely linked to an increased risk for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia symptoms are not all in your head. People with fibromyalgia have widespread chronic muscle pain in specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. The latest thinking is that some people are born with a genetic susceptibility to experience pain signals too intensely, but it takes a specific incident to trigger ... Read More »

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