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  • May's photo avatar
    May — 10.07.2017 18:00
    My doctor has done loads of tests most came back negative but im still suffering

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      Earle — 11.07.2017 10:54
      Hello May Diagnosing fibromyalgia is extremely difficult, so don't become frustrated if you doctor is unable to confirm your suspicions straight away. There is no definitive blood test and nothing will show up on an X-Ray or any other scan. Fibromyalgia also shares many of its symptoms, such as fatigue, with other conditions, so doctors like to rule these out first. Here's the process your doctor should be going through: In order for a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, you'd generally have to satisfy the following items - 1. Has your Doctor ruled out conditions that have overlapping symptoms, such as Lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME, Hypothyroidism, Sleep Apnea, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Menopause and Lyme disease? These are the other possible causes of your symptoms. 2. You will have experienced the following for a minimum of 3 months: Widespread muscle pain, muscle spasms or tightness Fatigue and an intolerance to exercise Disturbed sleep or sleep that is not refreshing Poor memory and concentration Grinding of the jaw at night or tenderness during the day Irritable bowel syndrome (eg: bloating, abdominal pain, alternating bowel habits) Urinary changes such as increased urgency Headaches or migraines Sensitivity to changes in temperature, light, strong odours and noise Stiffness in the morning or after periods of inactivity Numbness or tingling of the extremities, such as the hands, feet and limbs Anxiety or feeling low 3. Experience pain in at least 11 of the 18 paired 'trigger points' illustrated here:http://www.avogel.co.uk/health/muscles-joints/fibromyalgia/trigger-points/ and in all 4 quadrants of the body.

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    TRACEY — 17.06.2017 20:12
    I have suffered with fibromyalgia since 2012 and find it it harder to cope with on my bad days, can anyone give advice on how they cope.

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    Christine leonard — 16.06.2017 16:51
    Hi there I have really bad pain in the neck and shoulders from a whiplash injury 17 months ago now I get a fare few things in my muslis and I get back burning when I do ironing could this be the same I get a lot of headaches as well I get pain all the time it can be 1 up to 8 plus it gets worse buy lifting hold my daughter ect will I get any better with pain

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      Earle — 19.06.2017 10:32
      Hello Christine I doubt you have fibromyalgia as the headaches will be a result of the tension in your neck. This page has some stretches and exercises for you to try: https://www.avogel.co.uk/health/muscles-joints/back-pain/upper-back-pain-exercises/

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