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Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia causes a number of symptoms including muscle pain & stiffness, and tiredness

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    margaret taylor — 13.08.2017 20:27
    I get severe pain from athritis in hands neck wrists also been diagnosed with fibromyalgia 5 years ago i had a bad experience after having knee replacement the pain was horrendous and went on for years after The fibro is so painful all over with pains in arms and legs My feet arevery painful at the moment and ssome day icanot even stand or walk .Ijust dont know the fibro from athritis.lately I need surgery again for another knee replacement and for my thumb,but i cant see me wanting them to operate ,as i fear i may have the same experience with prolonged pain after.I am 72.


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      Earle — 14.08.2017 16:01
      Hi Margaret, Sorry to hear that you are in such a lot of pain. Fibromyalgia, is a very difficult condition to manage and it sounds as though you have had a bad experience after your last knee replacement and this has been such a difficult time. If you are not moving much because of the pain it can make symptoms worse. The biggest barrier is often after the first 10 minutes of walking or exercise. I wonder if you would benefit from some Cognitive behavioural therapy for coping with the stress, fear and pain. The nhs often offer this therapy or you could go private. Another option is to find a massage therapist near you who is trained in treating people with fibromyalgia. To see if this can help your circulation and increase movement. It might be a good idea to visit the doctor to discuss these options, as you are struggling a lot. I hope this helps.


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    Isabel Ross — 09.07.2017 18:26
    reading through all these symtoms it appears more like the pain i have , im on lots of pain relief along with pain patches , my doctor have said its cervical spondylossis but sounds more like fibromyalgia.


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      Earle — 10.07.2017 17:21
      Hello Isabel A diagnosis of fibromyalgia is often only arrived at after many other possible causes have been eliminated first. Unfortunately we can neither diagnose you over the internet, nor contradict your doctors opinion as we can't examine you but if you're unsatisfied you're perfectly entitled to a second opinion, and to ask for referral to a rheumatologist.


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    Margaret campbell — 08.05.2017 13:38
    Jut been diagnosed on Saturday but. No I have had this for over 20years always tired and in pain a step behind everyone else as other people notice a bad day. Notice a good day if I get one it been a long time since I had one so weepy too it get you down alougth I really try to keep positive just getting a answer made me feel good and the rumey was so nice and helpful this makes a big difference when you feel like his.


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      Earle — 08.05.2017 14:24
      Hello Margaret Fibromyalgia can make patients feel like withdrawing from friends and society, which certainly doesn't help anybody so thanks for sharing your thoughts. I don't often mention communication as a benefit but knowing others share some of your symptoms can help counter some of the hostility out there amoungst those who deny FM even exists. Thank you for helping break the ice.


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