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.
Did you know that Tai Chi exercise can improve fibromyalgia chronic pain and symptoms?
In this video shared by swedishseattle in 2012, Dr. Gordon Irving shares some useful information about what fibromyalgia is, how it can be diagnosed, what are its most common symptoms and how it can be treated.

Read more about a recently discovered fibromyalgia treatment which improves pain and sleep disorder symptoms.

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  1. Maureen Roland says:

    I have had fibro for almost 30 years and I’ve tried almost everything he’s mentioned. Began with Amytripryline – gained 60 pounds, still in pain. Lyrica didn’t work at all. Savella gave me horrible side effects (hot flashes, numbness in extremeties.) And didn’t work. I was taking oxymorphone 160 mgs. and doing very well, but new “guidelines” reduced them to 130 mgs. Along with soma (carispopridol) I was able to practice activities of daily living, drive, take care of my family. The arbitrary reduction means I still take opioids, but they don’t work. Perhaps that’s why their tests show that over time they don’t work as well. Did they reduce everyone’s dosage? The only thing that’s ever helped me is opioids, at the right dosage. I’ve never had to increase over time; in fact I’ve been made to decrease over time. I also use a topical, Voltaren, which is ibuprofen in gel form. Works great, despite their studies that ibuprofen is useless. Cymbalta, the other drug he mentioned, has HORRIBLE side effects if you try to stop taking it. So, basically, if you try it and it doesn’t work, even if you don’t like it, you’re stuck taking it for the rest of your life. No thanks. Ambien has helped tremendously since it helps you sleep and he is correct about there being a connection between fibro and sleep. It’s also true that exercise helps. But if you don’t have enough medication to function how are you going to add exercise to the mix? I’m hoping to try the cannibinoid patch, if it’s every legalized before I’m no longer around.

      • james milne says:

        Well Mary,
        is that the best you can do calling someone a drug addict, I am on ltd Tramadol and paracetomol where I can increase when needed and sometimes it is indeed needed, I count myself lucky as I can control the F/M now but I have seen people doubled over in pain and I also know someone who has had digits removed through fibro, F/M sufferers will try anything for that wee bit of relief and calling them a drug addict is not helpful at all. The answer to our problems is not far away but until that happens most sufferers will try anything for that relief, I know as I have been there and done that, I also understand that every single one of us is completely different in managing our pain symptons. James

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