What Is Fibromyalgia?

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How can you get a proper dinos for this disorder
There is no single test that can fully diagnose fibromyalgia and there is debate over what should be considered essential diagnostic criteria and whether an objective diagnosis is possible. In most cases, people with fibromyalgia symptoms may also have laboratory test results that appear normal and many of their symptoms may mimic those of other rheumatic conditions such as arthritis or osteoporosis. The most widely accepted set of classification criteria for research purposes was elaborated in 1990 by the Multicenter Criteria Committee of the American College of Rheumatology. These criteria, which are known informally as "the ACR 1990", define fibromyalgia according to the presence of the following criteria:
•    A history of widespread pain lasting more than three months – affecting all four quadrants of the body, i.e., both sides, and above and below the waist.
•    Tender points – there are 18 designated possible tender points (although a person with the disorder may feel pain in other areas as well). Diagnosis is no longer based on the number of tender points.

In 2010, the American College of Rheumatology approved provisional revised diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia that eliminated the 1990 criteria's reliance on tender point testing.The revised criteria use a widespread pain index (WPI) and symptom severity scale (SS) in place of tender point testing under the 1990 criteria. The WPI counts up to 19 general body areas in which the person has experienced pain in the preceding two weeks. The SS rates the severity of the person's fatigue, unrefreshed waking, cognitive symptoms, and general somatic symptoms, each on a scale from 0 to 3, for a composite score ranging from 0 to 12. The revised criteria for diagnosis are:
•    WPI ≥ 7 and SS ≥ 5 OR WPI 3–6 and SS ≥ 9,
•    Symptoms have been present at a similar level for at least three months, and
•    No other diagnosable disorder otherwise explains the pain.
What about smoking marijuana for pain?
Get a good indica strain with the terpenes nerolidol, myrcene, humulene...grand daddy purple and XXX OG are good strains I have found for chronic pain.
Why would you do this if there is nonprescription/over-the-counter medication that you can use, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen?
Medications such as those do not work for everyone. Just a fact.
Opioids such as hydrocodone or oxicontin are also used for pain due to fibromyalgia.
Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are not meant to be taken everyday
It wreaks havoc on your liver
Marijuana does not
Wow, you must not have pain or you don't know what you're talking about.
I HAVE HAD PAIN IN MY HIP, BACK, NECK, KNEES, FINGERS, AND FEET. I HAVE HAD A DIAGNOSIS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS FOR YEARS NOW. I HAVE BEEN TO PAIN MGT, WHO GAVE ME INJECTIONS IN MY HIP FOR A YEAR. THEN ALL MY OTHER JOINTS BECAME PAINFUL OVER TIME. I HAD SO MANY X-RAYS. ALL OF THE DOCTORS SAID IT WAS OSTEOARTHRITIS. I HAVE BEEN ON MORPHINE FOR YEARS NOW. I CAN'T TAKE NSAIDS BECAUSE OF IBS AND GASTRITIS. I WAS EVEN TOLD THAT I WOULD PROBABLY NEED KNEE AND HIP REPLACEMENTS! I WAS A NURSE FOR 30 YEARS AND HAD TO RETIRE EARLY DUE TO MY OSTEOARTHRITIS?? RECENTLY I have BEEN REFERRED TO ANOTHER DOCTOR FOR EVALUATION AND PAIN MGT. I HAD STARTED HAVING BURNING PAIN IN MY TOES. ALSO, MY KNEES HURT SO BAD I HAD DIFFICULTY WALKING. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN AFTER HE EXAMINED ME HE SAID THAT I HAVE FIBROMYALGIA, NOT OSTEOARTHRITIS! I AM A SEASONED NURSE AND I STARTED HAVING PAIN WHEN I WAS JUST TOUCHED . FIBROMYALGIA PASSED THROUGH MY MIND FOR A SECOND. THEN I CAME TO MY SENSES AND THOUGHT HOW THAT WAS IMPOSSIBLE. WELL, I AM STILL HAVING A HARD TIME BELIEVING THAT ALL THIS TIME, MY PAIN WAS NOT OSTEOARTHRITIS. I AM BEING TAPERED OFF MY MORPHINE BECAUSE THIS RECENT DOCTOR SAID THAT IT IS CAUSING MORE PROBLEMS. I AM REALLY ANXIOUS ABOUT THIS SENSE MORPHINE HAS HELPED DECREASE MY PAIN. I AM ALSO WORRIED ABOUT THE HORRIBLE WITHDRAWEL SYMPTOMS. SHOULD I GET ANOTHER OPINION?
Hi, STRAWHEAD. Actually, I am a little shocked that your fibromyalgia was misdiagnosed as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is easily diagnosed based on X-ray. Do you have abnormalities on your joint X-ray e.g. osteophyte? Based on your symptoms, what you have is more likely to be fibromyalgia if your X-ray is negative. You can try to decrease morphine according to the 2nd doctor. You can also take fibromyalgia-treated medications such as gabapentine to see whether it works. This is also a way to confirm the real diagnosis.
Hydrocodone  works best   Good luck getting it   Everything else is bs up sell by pain management    I have suffered mercilessly for 6 years and am losing all hope  I have lost everything in life that was worthwhile   Pain causes the severe depression and sleep disorders  just PAIN   Address that adequately and the rest resolves   No need for a ton of other drugs    Is a diabetic drug dependent if he needs diabetes medicines to live?  Or any other condition that requires ongoing meds to live normally!?   Same with chronic pain and controlled opioids    We are paying for the people who wanted to get high or overdosed   And our entire lives have been ruined by the CDC and FDA!  It’s all lies’
Have been suffering all symptoms of  Fibro for nearly 2 decades now - it's the most painful long-term affliction imaginable! I've been in health care all my adult life, and cannot believe the tiny strives made in giving any true relief for this. One symptom NOT mentioned on the list (which is the 1st I encountered, and learned was true of many, many others) was the sensation of  body-wide fire-ant bites, or stings! It's excruciating! Naturally, nothing relieves the pain, and I refuse to take narcotics, but would give anything to even just relieve this one symptom!
You may go to the painologist.
I get that fire burning on the tops of my feet.
I just lately have started feeling like I have a sting on the outside middle of my right foot. There has also been tenderness and a knot in that same place but I have not been stung.
It is definitely not fibromyalgia. Possible causes include gout and arthritis.
Neurontin for foot pain burning pain
I take Lyrica 150mg 3x a day and it works great!
Mine is like unthawing your frozen hand under warm water. You can’t tell if your are feeling hot or cold, kind of like Dry Ice. It starts at my toes and works it way up to my knees. Same with the hands and my face joins in also.
Hi Frrstrcheryl, did you ever check other autoimmune antibodies? Does your fingers' color change during the process you described above? It sounds like Raynaud Syndrome that can also occur in other autoimmune disease. Medications that can improve micro-circulation such as biliprostaglandin may have a good effect on your conditions.
Do people that have OI also have fibromyalgia?
Hello, if the OI is congenital, it doesn't cause fibromyalgia.
Can fibromyalgia affect your teeth?
I have the same doubt, I feel teeth pain from time to time, it's like the root of the teeth something is squeezing, but the dentist said my teeth look okay. I doubt it's a muscle pain.
My left front tooth has intermittent pain like in the root.  I thought it might be sinus pressure.
Just one tooth affected? Does jumping up or bending over make the pain worse?
omggg same
It effects my teeth in two ways. 1; the dry mouth also drys my teeth and they crumble 2; I feel sinus pain in my top teeth and I have no teeth there.
I don't feel extra pain.
A latest reseach has shown hypnosis can reduce pain by up to 42%, it's a super good news since you know during this pain killer crisis people can hardly get enough strong pain killers. Now at least we can get some help from psychologists.
A review published days ago in the journal Neuroscience and Biobehavioral claimed that hypnosis can reduce the pain that people with chronic pain have by 29% to 42%. The researcher said in the lab test they trained patients in four to eight sessions so the patients learned to do self-hypnosis.
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