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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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No fibromyalgia is not a mental health illness, it is a biological disorder characterized by body-wide pain and tenderness, disordered non-restorative sleep (confirmed in sleep studies), and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other disorders such as allergy, multiple sensitivity syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, ... Read More »
A recent article “Evidence for Shared Pain Mechanisms in Osteoarthritis, Low Back Pain, and Fibromyalgia” suggests that chronic pain from these sources have a common effect called centralization. This means that the peripheral pain input to the brain causes it to become hypersensitive.
Fibromyalgia and arthritis are related in that they both cause pain. It is not unusual for arthritis to be a contributor to fibromyalgia pain and vice versa. However, this is where the similarities end. Fibromyalgia is a central nervous system disorder, where the brain is hypersensitive to peripheral pain impulses and thereby does not respond ... Read More »

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