Patient discussion about fibromyalgia

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Q. Is it Fibromyalgia.

My uncle is suffering with extreme body pain. Doctors say it is fibromyalgia. His sedimentation rate and creactive protine is 3 times high than normal. would this confirm the diagnosis of FM? What is its actual symptom?
AThere's not one diagnostic test that can confirm fibromyalgia, and the diagnosis is made on a clinical basis according to the signs and symptoms of this disease (extreme fatigue, pain in different areas in the body and more). However, a high CRP level and sedimentation rate does confirm some sort of inflammatory process is going on and can be a clue to the diagnosis.

Q. Is it Fibromyalgia.

My uncle is suffering with extreme body pain. Doctors say it is fibromyalgia. His sedimentation rate and c reactive protine is 3 times high than normal. would this confirm the diagnosis of FM? What is its actual symptom?
AThere's not one diagnostic test that can confirm fibromyalgia, and the diagnosis is made on a clinical basis according to the signs and symptoms of this disease (extreme fatigue, pain in different areas in the body and more). However, a high CRP level and sedimentation rate does confirm some sort of inflammatory process is going on and can be a clue to the diagnosis.

Q. how do you treat Fibromyalgia?

A1I agree seeing a doctor is important! Almost everyone I have contact with has had to use prescription medications b/c OTC did not work for them. One friend said alevee gave her a lillte help. I have found walking alittle everyday helps even if for only 20 minutes there are so many different opinions and i educated myself from site for fibromyalgia and tried some of the reccommendations. BUT for me a posotive outlook and support has been my greatest help along with my faith! I take 8 different medications but only 2 just for the fibro.
Good Luck and if you want to talk please email me!
A2Treatment of fibromyalgia may be achieved by different measures, including medications and others. Reassurance is very important. Physical fitness and muscle strengthening exercise may help, as well as biofeedback, hypnosis and psychological therapy.

Medications may also be used in the treatment, including pain-killers (NSAIDs, acetaminophen), antidepressants and others.

These treatment usually require prescription and evaluation by a doctor, so consulting one may be wise.

You may read more here:
www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fibromyalgia.html

Q. what exactly is Fibromyalgia?

A1Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by pain in the muscles, ligaments, and tendons; fatigue; and multiple tender points on the body. While no one knows what causes it, there is evidence that people with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain because something is wrong with the body's usual pain perception processes.
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Fibromyalgia

You can read several articles on using alternative medicine for fibromyalgia here:
http://www.altmd.com/Articles/Search/fibromyalgia
A2Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic disarder characterized by fatigue and widespread pain of the fibrous tissues- the ligaments, tendons and muscles.Suffers tend to feel achy and stiff all over. Distinguishing feature of fibromyalgia is localized pain at trigger points such as neck, shoulders, spine, and hips.The cronic fatigue is said to possibly being related to disturbed sleep patterns. Unlike arthritis it does not affect joints or cause inflamation, th epain is severe but does not damage or deform connective tissue or joints.While not lafe threatening it cannot be cures, symptoms can be managed so patients can experience significant improvement after accurately dignosed and treated. I found this report to be very informative.

johnhopkinshealthalerts.com/reports/pdfs/FibromyalgiaSpecialReport.pdf
A3Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder classified by the presence of chronic widespread pain and a heightened and painful response to gentle touch. It is not contagious,the disorder is not directly life-threatening. The degree of symptoms may vary greatly from day to day with periods of flares (severe worsening of symptoms) or remission; however, the disorder is generally perceived as non-progressive.
hope it gives you a clue..

Q. how is fibromyalgia diagnosed?

is it by blood tests? My friend suspects her daughter is suffering from fibromyalgia. I want to help her cause she's a bit paniced because of that...
A1here you go-
http://www.fibromyalgia-symptoms.org/fibromyalgia_diagnosis.html

and a diagram-
http://www.prohealth.com/fibromyalgia/library/showarticle.cfm?id=2830&t=CFIDS_FM
A2great answer, thanks, do you know where do I find info about these points you mentioned??
A3fibromyalgia is a rare condition that is relatively easy diagnosed- using differential diagnosis they narrow down the causes and see if there are:
1) A history of widespread pain lasting more than three months—affecting all four quadrants of the body.
2)Tender points—there are 18 designated possible tender or trigger points. in the test those points are pressured and the patient need to feel at least 11.

Q. what are the criteria for fibromyalgia.

Am I affected by fibromyalgia? I am at a loss to conclude because many say different symptoms and signs of fibromyalgia. So what are the criteria for fibromyalgia?
AIt’s always better to know the basic signs about a disease which will help us to take precaution. Regarding fibromyalgia a person can be diagnosed if they have the following signs and symptoms: pain in at least 11 different tender points. What are tender points? Tender points are areas along the skin that are painful to the touch and which overlie areas of joint and soft tissue pain. These tender points can be in the following areas: hips, knees, neck, shoulders, elbows and chest. They can also be on either side of the body. In addition to a specified number of tender points, an individual must also have had a long-term history of pain lasting for at least 3 months. Of course, symptoms that are typically associated with fibromyalgia also include muscle and joint stiffness upon awakening or after sitting in a fixed position for a prolonged length of time, headaches and facial pain (migraines, TMJ), sleep problems, memory lapses, confusion, digestive problems and mood disorders.

Q. what is fibromyalgia exactly?

My sister might have it, or at least that's what she was told yesterday...
A1you are welcome!
A2WOW! great answer, thank you. "persistent flu" sounds very similar to what my sister was feeling the past 2 months, at some point it just seemed too weird that it lasts so long...
A3Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic disorder of the muscles and surrounding soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons. Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain parts of the body. Many people describe fibromyalgia as feeling like a persistent flu.

Some health care providers may use these terms to refer to fibromyalgia: fibromyositis, fibrositis, periarticular fibrositis, muscular rheumatism, chronic muscle pain syndrome, musculoskeletal pain syndrome, or tension myalgia. However, "fibromyalgia," which means "pain of the muscles and other fibrous tissue," is the accepted term and has replaced some of the others. Terms ending in "-itis," which means "inflammation," are now considered incorrect because inflammation does not play a significant role in fibromyalgia.

Source: ebMd
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