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Fibromyalgia symptoms

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

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    Hollie — 06.10.2017 19:51
    Hi my aunt has fibro and she seems to be getting progressively worse. We refer to it as a zombie state she can't function at all she sleeps doesn't remember anything and is in excruciating pain. Looking for treatment options or ways I can help her.

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      Earle — 09.10.2017 09:49
      Hello Hollie Managing fibromyalgia is hard work, involved and rarely produces a miracle cure but there are a variety of small things to do that together can help a lot. No-one really knows of a magic bullet for fibromyalgia, whatever you take or do but we would very much hope that engaging in measures such as low impact exercise, addressing sleep quality and dealing with the IBS that is common to fibromyalgia would at least minimise its impact. Getting to the root cause is difficult, as it isn't really agreed. It is believed that there is reduced blood supply to the part of the brain that processes pain and perhaps to the affected muscles too, so a herb such as Ginkgo Biloba could hold some promise. Remedies such as Dormeasan could help mood, pain threshold and energy levels by improving the quality of sleep and water-based exercise, Tai Chi or Yoga can aid circulation and maintain flexibility. A recent trial comparing swimming and paracetamol for lower back pain found the swimming outperform the medicine. There's no way that the drug would help mood, energy levels, sleep quality, joint mobility, self satisfaction and overall health at the same time as easing pain, so please consider moving more when you're able to, as the medicines will never cure the condition and encourage people to become inactive. There is no drug cure, as you are probably aware and we know that those who retreat to inactivity see their symptoms worsen, so the best chances of recovery seem to be in those who find the determination to take action and keep active. Often the biggest barrier to doing so is that first 10 minutes, ie: getting changed and out the door, because depression can make it hard to find the motivation and pain makes the first few steps uncomfortable. You'll need to find a balance between the excessive exertion levels involved in moving heavy tables and doing nothing through fear of exhaustion and walking, yoga, Pliates or swimming tends to hit the spot about right for most, although I appreciate you're not in a good place even to walk at the moment. The worst thing you can do is to simply stop as joints and muscles only stiffen up further. I'd strongly advise arranging to see a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist to learn some pain management techniques. You can get 5x30 minute sessions for free on the NHS but that 2.5hrs total doesn't match the amount found in clinical trials to be of benefit, so contact a CBT practitioner for better results. As to what the future holds, no-one knows of a cure but it's most likely true that the answer doesn't lie in a single pill or measure. CBT, addressing sleep issues, the right amount of exercise and a bit of bloody-mindedness are the most basic requirements and something most people who contact me with fibromyalgia haven't even begun to try. Trials have shown significant benefits for each of these (well, perhaps not the bloody-mindedness) separately in Fibromyalgia, so there's a fair chance a comprehensive approach will achieve much more.

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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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