treating fibromyalgia

Deciphering the Deceptive

Your body speaks to you every day. The symptoms that you experience are messages that your body is sending you. Messages telling you that something is wrong! Pain is the bodies means of letting you know that something is not right and it needs to be fixed. The problem with fibromyalgia is that often, these […]

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Unfortunately, there is no cure for Fibromyalgia. No “Magic Pill” exists and there is no single accepted “Best” treatment approach. While effective Treatment for Fibromyalgia is possible, each patient tends to respond to treatment efforts differently. This is very frustrating for both doctors and patients. Broad Fibromyalgia Treatment Options Though no cure is available, a […]

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Societal Costs of Fibromyalgia Much of the research regarding the costs associated with fibromyalgia has been conducted in relation to the impact fibromyalgia has on disability and impaired job performance. Such research has shown that these costs to society and the workforce result in substantially impaired job performance and significant job loss among fibromyalgia patients […]

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Most people who have fibromyalgia can continue working with the help of simple modifications to their work environment; however, this requires open discussions with – and support from – the patient’s boss and coworkers. To facilitate and aid in this discussion, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers a list of suggestions […]

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Fibromyalgia exercise has been proven as one of the most effective means of treating fibromyalgia. Among the best fibromyalgia exercise options are aerobic exercise, strength training and water based exercise. Aerobic exercise refers to any activity that utilizes large muscle groups in a continuous and rhythmic manner. On a basic level, aerobic exercise is defined […]

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There is no definitively proven cause or cure for fibromyalgia, a fact that complicates its treatment considerably. Although most fibromyalgia patients share some combination of its core symptoms, which include widespread pain, fatigue, sleep disruption, mood disorders, and cognitive dysfunction, no two patients experience their symptoms the same way, and currently available treatments are not […]

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Opioid pain medications are among the most powerful type of prescription pain relieving medications available. They are made by ingredients that are derived from the opium of poppy plants, hence the descriptor “opioid.” Common examples of opioid pain medications include fentanyl (Actiq, Fentora, Duragesic), hydrocodone (Vicodin), morphine (Avinza, Kadian, Roxanol), and oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percolone). They […]

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Sleep disturbances are common among fibromyalgia patients. As many as 90% of all fibromyalgia patients experience some form of sleep disruption, including insomnia (difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep), non-restorative sleep (i.e., poor quality sleep), as well as particular brain wave abnormalities during sleep, sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, and bruxism (teeth grinding) (Roizenblatt et al., […]

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Approximately half of all adults in the United States report taking a dietary or herbal supplement in the past 30 days (Radimer et al., 2004). Among fibromyalgia patients, usage is also high, with recent studies reporting a wide range in the percentage of patients who use dietary or herbal supplements. Some studies have reported more […]

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The individualistic nature of fibromyalgia is such that no one particular Fibromyalgia Medication is most effective for all individuals. In fact, a medication that brings great benefit to one person may not have any effect on the symptoms of another.  Fibromyalgia is difficult to treat and it often takes a considerable amount of trial and […]

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