Facing Fibromyalgia


Provided by Health and Wellness Resource Center – The Pulse.

Ongoing pain throughout the body, fatigue and depression are hallmark symptoms of a pain syndrome known as Fibromyalgia. It is estimated that more than 10 million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia and know all too well the chronic pain associated with it.

People with fibromyalgia often present with symptoms of widespread pain in joints and muscles throughout the body. Upon examination, a physician—often a rheumatologist—will assess certain “tender points” throughout the body, including knees, lower back, neck, shoulders and thighs. Individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia will experience discomfort in 11 of 18 of these tender points and have experienced this pain for at least three months. Other conditions with similar symptoms can be ruled out by x-rays and other lab tests.

Causes of fibromyalgia can be many including recent physical or emotional trauma. It has also been tied to sleep disturbance and an abnormal pain response. Treatment often focuses on reducing stressors that may be at the syndrome’s root. Treatment may include physical therapy or exercise regimens like yoga. There are drug treatments available as well.

View Fibromyalgia online resources which includes a video clip from the CBS show “The Doctors”.

Yahoo Group – Fibromyalgia

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