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Fibromyalgia

October 23, 2012

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a chronic (meaning of long duration) condition which is not life-threatening, but can be incapacitating. It is characterized by pain in multiple body regions, fatigue and discomfort in skin and muscles. In the past, the condition was thought to be mental, and delay of treatment was common. Even today, with all the advances in medicine, a clear cause cannot be established. Unfortunately for all those suffering it, there is no cure so far.

Many people or physicians inexperienced may think these patients are ‘whining’. Non-judgmental health professionals are preferred to treat this condition.

There are no labs or image studies that can diagnose this condition, though they are useful in differentiating from other more common ailments.

Common symptoms may include:

  • variable pain in different body regions
  • long duration of ailment
  • pain/tenderness in different(seemingly unassociated muscles)
  • failure of treatment with over the counter medications
  • sleeping difficulty
  • depressive symptoms
  • irritability
  • difficulty concentrating

A thorough history and physical exam performed by a physician experienced in treating these is recommended, especially since this condition may be confused with Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hypothyroidism, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Bursitis (common misdiagnosis given by physicians), Multiple Sclerosis and many others. Some people mistakenly attribute the symptoms to ‘aging’.

Treatment includes medications, exercises, injections, dietary changes, massages, and rehabilitation programs.

Are you suffering from generalized discomfort or pain? Do not let someone just name it Fibromyalgia (or something worse) without a proper evaluation.

Talk to your Sports Physician for a thorough examination.

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