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Topic ClosedFibromyalgia Signs and Symptoms by Envyjoy

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    Posted: Oct/30/2008 at 2:56pm
Unfortunately, the jury is still out on what fibromyalgia really IS. As you said, it causes pain... the difference is that the pain is not just in one specific part of the body but throughout the entire body. For example, a person suffering with fibromyalgia may have concentrated pain in one area (like the neck, or back) but they feel a general widespread pain throughout the whole rest of the body.

There are several theories about what causes this issue. Some believe that FM patients suffer from a chronic undetected virus, some studies have shown that FM patients have a lower pain threshold and a higher amount of the chemicals behind anxiety, pain, stress, etc... Some people believe it is a result of facial (not your face, your fascia, the connective tissues that keep your ligaments and tendons connected to the bone) tension. Some people believe it is a result of lactic-acid buildup in the muscles and connective tissues. I myself believe it is a result of spinal and pelvic misalignment provoking most (if not all) of the above indicators by aggravting the spinal cord and sending constant distress signals.

Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose as it has very generic symptoms. The pain is often hard to pinpoint, and difficult to differentiate between injury and non-injury. Often it is diagnosed by ruling out diseases such as Celiac's disease, Lyme Disease, Lupus, MS, cerebral palsy, Chiari malformation, and systemic and rheumatic arthritis.

Patients often have to deal with combined diseases (such as reynaud's phenomenon, alpha-eeg sleep anomaly or sleep apnea, hypoglycemia, IBS, chronic fatigue syndrome, hyper-mobility, and a variety of mental and sexual organ disorders) as well. There are some theories that fibromyalgia is caused by the stress of those diseases on the brain.  There are other times where patients have undergone trauma to the spine or brain (for example, a car accident, or hitting your head hard) and it shows long term damage through Fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of fibromyaglia include:
11 of 18 points on the 
http://www.fibrohope.org/fibromyalgia_how_diagnosed.asp show pain and sensitivity.
A sensation of pins and needles, or numbness,  in limbs.
Pain on both left and right sides of the body
Pain above and below the waist
Pain that can be felt bone deep and is rarely provided relief. This can create a sensation of being constantly bruised all over.
Hypersensitivity to touch
Sleep disturbances
Stiffness and soreness in your muscles and joints
Headaches
Sensitivity to changes in weather
depression
anxiety
"Fibro-fog" a condition that makes it difficult to think clearly or remember.
Extremely painful menstruation
a persistant feeling of having "the flu" without vomiting (although this is common as well, as most fibro patients experience a digestive disorder).

Many patients will experience all of these (and more) symptoms at some point or another, and they may be more intensely focused in some areas than in others. It is most certainly a whole-body condition, but almost all patients experience "flares" where this illness can become devastatingly crippling. Every person's experience with fibromyalgia is different, and may experience more intense or less intense symptoms.

Research is finally going strong on fibromyalgia. The current forms of treatment include diet change, relaxation techniques, exercise, physical and emotional therapies, acupuncture, massage, pain management techniques and a widely-varied assortment of medicines (from opiates to decongestants to antidepressants).

There are, of course, loads of disadvantages. A person's mental well-being, physical relationships, emotional relationships, and professional capability are in a constant state of flux with this disorder
Fibromyalgia (including), Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Pelvic Torsion, Bursitis of the hips, Depression, Anxiety, Insomnia, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Lordosis, Restless Leg Syndrome, Tempromandibular Jaw, Reynaud's Phenomenon, Migraines, Carpaltunnel (right wrist), Radiculopathy + Sciatica.
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