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Fibromyalgia symptoms

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

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  • Margaret campbell's photo avatar
    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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    Lyn wallace — 03.05.2017 18:26
    I am in constant pain , neck knees , elbows , feet everywhere really , so exhausted all the time feel very emotional . I'm 47 yrs old and feel my working life is done . So lonely with all of this .

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      Earle — 08.05.2017 14:24
      Hello Lyn Not sure if you've exhausted all options but there may be some promise for you out there. 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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      Sharon — 07.06.2017 09:15
      Good morning. I shall be 47 next week and was diagnosed yesterday... Mornings are rough. You are not alone

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    Niki — 24.04.2017 22:05
    I don't know what to do to help myself

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      Earle — 25.04.2017 14:27
      Hello Niki 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 campbell's photo avatar
      Margaret campbell — 08.05.2017 14:24
      Yea I no what your saying I have fought this for years I di exercise and keep active all day have been really struggling since last October and was putting it down to menopause very dizzy esp in crowded places felt so dizzy and tired didn't want to go out and no one but yourself or someone who has this really no how you feel I do believe eating healthy and exercise helps so much it's just the way you feel every day messes it up but I'll keep going I have weddings and graduations coming up and I really hope and pray I get good days when I need them but it's good to talk to people who no what your going through .

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      Earle — 10.05.2017 11:58
      Hi Margaret Thanks for commenting. It's a case of managing the condition rather than expecting miracles isn't it?

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