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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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Fibromyalgia doesn't get worse over time. It isn't a progressive disorder. However, you may experience flare ups when your symptoms seem worse. These can be the result of several factors including stress, lack of sleep, and your environment.
If you suspect that you may have fibromyalgia, see a doctor soon. The symptoms of fibromyalgia can mimic those of other medical conditions, so getting an accurate diagnosis -- as well as early treatment -- is important.
Within the last few months, two studies have shown there may be a blood test for fibromyalgia, and a small study suggests that small fiber neuropathy may play a role. Other studies include the relationship of myofascial pain syndrome and other comorbid disorders in fibromyalgia. There are studies suggesting a connection of fibromyalgia to ... Read More »

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