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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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Posted in Fibromyalgia by Doctor Oz on Jul 18, 2014
Fibromyalgia is a painful medical disorder that affects your muscles, joints, and tendons. The pain may be especially bad when pressure is applied to "tender points." These may be on the back of your head, elbows, shoulders, knees, hip joints and around your neck. Fibromyalgia often causes fatigue, and makes it difficult to sleep, which makes ... Read More »
Fibromyalgia is becoming increasingly common and can be present in mild or extremely severe forms. It is estimated that it has increased in prevalence by 200-400% in the last 10-15 years, and now is present in as much as 4-8% of the adult population worldwide. -- This content was originally published on ... Read More »
Fibromyalgia like many other disorders often called disease is actually a syndrome, a collective set of symptoms that remains the same within the identified group. This does not make it any less real.

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