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What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder distinguished by 18 tender points on the body. These tender points are located on the neck, chest, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees. They’re located on both sides of the body, both above and below the waist. Pain usually fluctuates with fibromyalgia. One day you can be fine and the next day have a flare up of pain. Fibromyalgia is also CFS/ME "on crack." Generally if you suffer from fibromyalgia, you were suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome first. It is not uncommon for pain and energy levels to fluctuate in the course of a day. Stress and food intolerances can make flares worse.
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Who gets Fibromyalgia?
Approximately 2 to 4% of the American population has fibromyalgia, and more women than men are diagnosed at a rate of 8 to 2, respectively. Fibromyalgia doesn't discriminate against age. All ages are susceptible, including children.
Is Fibromyalgia hereditary?
Current research indicates that some people have a genetic predisposition to developing fibromyalgia.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
There is plenty of evidence that shows fibromyalgia is brought on by some sort of trauma, be it emotional, physical, illness, injury or prolonged stress.
Is Fibromyalgia and autoimmune disease?
No, it is not an autoimmune disease. Fibromyalgia can cause inflammation but your immune system does not attack your cells to cause damage.
How is Fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Fibromyalgia does not have a blood test to diagnose at this time. Researchers are currently working on a definitive blood test. Fibromyalgia mimics multiple other conditions and autoimmune diseases. Ultimately, a fibromyalgia diagnosis is one of elimination. That is, testing for other diseases and eliminating them as a possibility. The elimination of other diseases along with the confirmation of trigger points will bring a physician to a diagnosis.
Is fibromyalgia fatal?
Although it feels like you're dying, you aren't. Fibromyalgia is not a fatal disease.
How is Fibromyalgia treated?
Fibromyalgia is treated by rhuemotologists, neurologists and primary care physicians. They usually will make a diagnosis and refer you to pain management. Pain management prescribes drugs to help with pain and sometimes the exhaustion that goes along with fibromyalgia. Pain management won't treat the root cause of your fibromyalgia. This website will show you natural options to treat fibromyalgia.
Can I have a good quality of life with Fibromyalgia?
Everyone who suffers from Fibromyalgia is different. Life is what you make of it and it is perfectly possible to have a good quality of life. Your life may never be the same as it was before fibro but it doesn't have to be the end of the world.
What is Chronic Fatigue Sydrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis is a long-term illness that usually leaves people exhausted and bed ridden (at times). People with CFS/ME are often not able to do their usual activities because they are too exhaused to do so. Ironically, people who suffer from CFS/ME will suffer from sleep problems even though they are exhausted. Symptoms of ME/CFS may get worse after sufferer tries to do too much.