23 Truths People With Fibromyalgia Wish Others Understood

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that affects an estimated 10 million people in the United States, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association. It’s unpredictable and symptoms vary, but it’s generally characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, abnormal pain processing, sleep disorders, fatigue, problems with cognitive functioning, migraines, anxiety and depression. Symptoms come and go,…

15 Conditions People With Fibromyalgia Were Misdiagnosed With

Although fibromyalgia has its own unique set of diagnostic criteria, many symptoms of fibro may mimic other illnesses. Symptoms such as chronic pain, fatigue or brain fog are common among many chronic illnesses – and in some cases, they can even be a sign of mental illness or acute physical illness. Fibromyalgia doesn’t have one…

Fibromyalgia and Chest Pain

What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that causes chronic muscle and bone pain, tenderness, and fatigue. While symptoms vary from one person to the next, fibromyalgia pain can sometimes extend to the chest. This pain feels like an intense stabbing sensation primarily in the center of the chest, around the breastbone and rib…

Fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples

For the first time, researchers have evidence that fibromyalgia can be reliably detected in blood samples – work they hope will pave the way for a simple, fast diagnosis. In a study that appears in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers from The Ohio State University report success in identifying biomarkers of fibromyalgia and differentiating…

Researchers hope blood test that accurately diagnoses fibromyalgia could be available within five years

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes body-wide pain. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include increase sensitivity to pain, fatigue, stiff muscles, disturbed sleep, irritable bowel syndrome, and cognitive disturbances such as problems with memory and concentration. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia, so treatment consists of medication, talking therapies, and lifestyle changes to help…

Researchers discover a rational source of pain in skin of patients with fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, a painful condition affecting approximately 10 million people in the U.S., is not imaginary after all, as some doctors have believed. A discovery, published in June 2013 in PAIN MEDICINE (the journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine), clearly now demonstrates that fibromyalgia may have a rational biological basis located in the skin….

Discovery could change the way fibromyalgia and chronic pain are treated

Researchers led by a team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston were able to dramatically reduce the pain of fibromyalgia patients with medication that targeted insulin resistance. This discovery could dramatically alter the way that chronic pain can be identified and managed. Dr. Miguel Pappolla, UTMB professor of neurology, said that although…

Men with fibromyalgia symptoms less likely to receive diagnostic tests

Fibromyalgia is a complex illness to diagnose and to treat. There is not yet a diagnostic test to establish that someone has it, there is no cure and many fibromyalgia symptoms — pain, fatigue, problems sleeping and memory and mood issues — can overlap with or get mistaken for other conditions. A new Mayo Clinic…

Function restoration benefits for fibromyalgia in musculoskeletal disorders

Functional restoration programmes (FRPs) may help to suppress fibromyalgia in some patients with chronic disabling occupational musculoskeletal disorders (CDOMD), but more may need to be done to overcome longer-term related disability, research suggests. The research team found that nearly half (41%) of 117 CDOMD patients with comorbid fibromyalgia no longer met criteria for the comorbidity…

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