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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Did you know that the the primary symptom of fibromyalgia is pain?

Did you know that Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which people experience long-term, body-wide pain and tender points in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues?

Did you know that Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms?

 Did you know that the cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown?

Did you know that possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:
  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • An abnormal pain response. Areas in the brain that are responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients.
  • Sleep disturbances, which are common in fibromyalgia patients.
  • An infectious microbe, such as a virus. At this point, no such virus or microbe has been identified.

    Did you know that men and women of all ages get fibromyalgia, but the disorder is most common among women aged 20 to 50?

    Did you know that the following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:
    • Chronic neck or back pain
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome
    • Depression
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Lyme disease
    • Sleep disorders

    Did you know that the the primary symptom of fibromyalgia is pain?

    Which include:

    • The exact locations of the pain are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.
    • The pain is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe.
    • The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.
    • People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and increases again during the evening, though many patients have day-long, non-stop pain.
    • Pain can increase with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.
    Did you know that fibromyalgiathese symptoms may include:
    • Irritable bowel syndrome with gas, and alternating diarrhea and constipation
    • Memory difficulties and problems thinking clearly
    • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
    • Palpitations
    • Reduced exercise tolerance
    • Sad or depressed mood
    • Tension or migraine headaches

    Did you know that eating a well-balanced diet and avoiding caffeine may help with problems sleeping, and may help reduce the severity of the symptoms?

    Did you know that main goal of using medication to treat fibromyalgia is to improve sleep and pain tolerance?

    Did you know that Duloxetine (Cymbalta), pregabalin (Lyrica), and milnacipran (Savella) are medications that are approved specifically for treating fibromyalgia?

    Did you know that these drugs maybe used to treat fibromyalgia?
    • Anti-seizure drugs
    • Other antidepressants
    • Muscle relaxants
    • Pain relievers
    • Sleeping aids

    Now if you didn't know, now you know...

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