Fibromyalgia Is More Common Than You Think—Here’s What You Should Know

Getty Images | Kevin Winter While you may have heard of fibromyalgia, what you may not realize is that it affects more women than breast cancer. In fact, fibromyalgia plagues millions of women worldwide, including such celebrities as Lady Gaga and Sinead O’Conner. A complex disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain as well as fatigue, sleep, memory and…

18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

Where does it hurt? Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be tough. Pain is highly personal, so one person’s “I hurt all over” isn’t necessarily the same as another person’s “I hurt all over.” That’s why doctors often check for certain tender points on the body when it comes to diagnosing fibromyalgia. These 18 points (9 pairs) tend to be…

9 of the Worst Side Effects of Fibromyalgia – and How to Cope With Them

Fibromyalgia can produce a wide range of physical symptoms – such as chronic pain, fatigue and brain fog – that can be difficult to manage and cope with. And while these symptoms can certainly be serious and debilitating, fibro can affect so much more than “just” your body. It can have an impact on just about all aspects of your…

What Causes Fibromyalgia And Is There A Cure?

Don’t Have Time To Read The Full Article? Here Are The Main Points To Know: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a multi-syndrome condition that primarily manifests as musculoskeletal pain and chronic fatigue. Although the pain of FM is real, it is triggered by the brain and isn’t due to physical trauma within the body’s tissues. There are…

CLIMATE AND FIBROMYALGIA

CLIMATE AND FIBROMYALGIA While some families choose a new place to move by looking at nearby schools or shopping centers, others consider the best climate for fibromyalgia sufferers before making a move. A cold climate is just one of the things that adversely affects people with that condition. Even a storm front moving into an…

200+ Fibromyalgia Symptoms You Might Be Still Ignoring

Eneral 1. Activity level decreased to less than 50% of pre-illness activity level 2. Cold hands and feet (extremities) 3. Cough 4. Craving carbohydrates 5. Delayed reaction to physical activity or stressful events 6. Dryness of eyes and/or mouth 7. Edema 8. Family member(s) with Fibromyalgia 9. Fatigue, made worse by physical exertion or stress…

MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME (MPS) AND FIBROMYALGIA

MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME (MPS) AND FIBROMYALGIA Many of those already suffering from the pain of fibromyalgia also suffer from myofascial pain syndrome. Myofascial pain syndrome is another form of chronic pain that can affect the entire body, particularly the face and jaw. Myofascial pain can add to the already annoying symptoms of fibromyalgia, and can contribute…

The Patient Side of the Opioid Discussion That Needs to Be Heard

On Monday evening I took my weekly dose of methotrexate which means Tuesday sucked. I couldn’t stay home Tuesday as I usually do. I had a meeting at school and another at church. In the midst of the metho burn and the lupus/fibromyalgia medieval torture techniques, I sought out my kitchen cabinet for some relief before going…

Healing Fibromyalgia and Other Chronic Pain Naturally

It doesn’t seem like it has been ten years since I was diagnosed with an “incurable” chronic pain disorder, fibromyalgia. As a physician, like so many of my colleagues, I was stressed, but I didn’t think for a moment that I would succumb to such a debilitating disorder.  It was a humbling experience, mostly because…

Five Common ‘No No’s’ for People With Fibromyalgia

By Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D. Dear Readers, Here are five common “no no’s” people mistakenly do when trying to manage fibromyalgia. Do any sound like you? 1. Exercising too much or too little Fibromyalgia reflects an energy crisis in your body, so you can only exercise to a certain point. Beyond that, you get what is called…