Fibromyalgia and Food

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that affects everyone a little differently. Therefore, promoting a one diet approach for every FM patient doesn’t make a lot of sense. However, according to Ginevra Liptan, MD, medical director of the Frida Center for FM in Portland, OR, it is clear that what is included in a diet vs.…

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Fibromyalgia “101”

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder that includes widespread musculoskeletal pain along with fatigue, sleep disturbance, memory changes, mood changes and more. Studies show that FM amplifies or increases painful sensations by changing the way the brain processes pain signals. FM is NOT a psychological disorder that only people with a troubled past or present acquire.…

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Fibromyalgia – The Latest on Exercise!

Exercise therapies have been identified as one of the most effective forms of treatment for Fibromyalgia (FM). Unfortunately, in a study of 121 newly diagnosed FM patient files, less than half included an exercise recommendation. This statistic is alarming! This month’s article will focus on recent FM studies supporting the benefits of exercise. The first…

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Fibromyalgia: Chiropractic Management

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a very common cause of chronic pain and fatigue. It’s plagued with the combination of not knowing what causes it (in many cases) and, the fact that very few treatments seem to work. Also, patients often relay information about a “bad experience” with a doctor who down plays the diagnosis or worse,…

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What Causes Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition that impacts every aspect of life for those who harbor it. The diagnosis is often made on individuals with chronic widespread bodily pain in the absence of any specific condition and when no specific cause such as tissue inflammation or damage can be identified. Hence, the cause of FM…

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Fibromyalgia: What Resources are Available?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition that impacts its victims in every aspect of their lives. The day has to be planned around how one might feel at certain times of the day and is always in the foreground of a FM victim’s mind. Many patients who present for treatment of FM ask us about…

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Fibromyalgia: The Challenge of Treatment

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a disorder involving chronic pain that has no known cause. It is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, sleep disturbance, fatigue and mood disorders. FM affects about 2% of the US population and ranges between 1% and 11% in other countries. It is more prevalent in adult women than men (3.4% vs. 0.5%)…

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Fibromyalgia: “Why Won’t The Pain Stop?”

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic condition that does not limit itself to just one area but rather, it manifests as a generalized, whole body condition where basically, everything hurts. The diagnosis is typically made by exclusion or, by eliminating all other possible conditions as there is no single blood test for FM and unless other…

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Fibromyalgia: A Detailed Patient Description

Fibromyalgia (FM) is surrounded by much controversy in what establishes a diagnosis, what are the consistent historical features, and most importantly, what can be done about it – the treatment strategies.  Doctors seem polarized, either they “believe in it” or don’t. The result is a frustrated patient because after multiple attempts, they can’t get a…

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Fibromyalgia: What Water Exercises Can I Do?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition associated with tight, sore muscles with generalized, whole body pain, which can dramatically affect a person’s lifestyle.  However, there are ways to fight back!  Last month, we discussed the benefits of water exercises and this month, we’re going to illustrate some specific exercises that can be performed in water. Remember…

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