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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Fibromyalgia: Why Water Exercises?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition associated with tight, sore muscles but no one REALLY knows where FM comes from or why it picks on certain people and not others.  Some feel it’s caused by lack of sleep, specifically deep sleep, eventually resulting in chronically tight muscles. Others theorize it’s the underlying stress of a person’s…

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Fibromyalgia and the Weather

Recently, a doctor had a patient tell him she had a “break-through” in her fibromyalgia (FM) symptoms that she was VERY excited to share. Having known this patient for a long time, he was intrigued by her enthusiasm.  She told her doctor that her family had never had an air conditioner before until late last…

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Fibromyalgia – How To “Live With” FM

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that produces widespread pain that can literally change the life of a FM patient, but as they say, “..life must go on!” Therefore, this Health Update is dedicated to discussing ways to empower you with tips to make FM as least activity restricting as possible. Ways to gain self-control of…

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Fibromyalgia and Sleep

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that has produced more diverse opinions from researchers and physicians than almost any other condition. This has made finding a health care provider who is willing to manage the FM patient very challenging. Similarly, patient perceptions vary widely from those who strive to live a normal life despite their symptoms…

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