What Is Fibromyalgia and How Can It Be Treated?

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common musculoskeletal condition, together with osteoarthritis. Even though it’s not a rare condition and it’s pretty ordinary, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its symptoms and signs include muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms all over the body.
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In this video shared by swedishseattle, Dr. Gordon Irving shares some useful information about what fibromyalgia is, how it can be diagnosed, what its most common symptoms are and how it can be treated.

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  1. Dave says:

    I looked at the first few paragraphs of this article. For me, describing Fibro as “ordinary” minimises the pain and suffering that thousands of people experience every day. Would the good Doctor describe Cancer as “ordinary” or heart disease? It has been said that Fibro may not be fatal for an individual but it does torture them. Such a poor choice of words from a well educated person.

    • Janet says:

      I agree, Dave. “Ordinary” was an unfortunate choice of words to describe fibromyalgia – or any medical disorder, for that matter. It appears the author intended to mean “common,” as in not rare, but the two words are obviously not always interchangeable. Use of the word “ordinary” was inappropriate.

  2. Steve says:

    I totally agree I’ve had fibromyalgia now for a year and to say it’s not fatal is wrong I’ve tried to end my life twice because of it ,but now I have a nhs occasional therapist whose taught me how to cope with this condition I just wish I could make my partner friends and family understand what it’s like to go from a hard working builder to a total depressed wreck but I’m getting there as my ot says there is hope of a better life through understanding I wish all suffers of fibromyalgia my heart held thoughts god bless you all

  3. Kathy says:

    I would love to be able to try Tai Chi. I would also like to be able to walk without losing my balance and having vertigo. I would love to be able to exercise. I would love to have my life back. Because the pain and vertigo and imbalances are so bad, I don’t think I could do it without hurting or breaking myself. I do what I can each day, but some days, I lie in my bed due to muscles that don’t cooperate. If I did all the things that people say I should do, I’d be down for days. I know this is different for everyone and no one has it the same as everyone else. Vague sweeping diagnoses and treatments don’t work for everyone.

  4. Bebi says:

    I agree: I, too, after reading some of the 1st few sentences, felt that this was going to get me more irritated and hence stopped. If it is so common, then why is it not understood? Why do some of us have to try and defend ourselves to others? Perhaps this good doctor may do something about “spreading the word” to the World, and we may get some recognition?

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