What Causes Fibromyalgia?

In this video from Holtorf Medical Center shared in May 2011, Dr. Kent Holtorf briefly explains what fibromyalgia is and what the possible causes of the condition are.

Fibromyalgia pain linked to muscle metabolites can be reduced by exercise. Read more here. 

Dr. Holtoft lists some of the symptoms fibromyalgia patients will suffer from, including sleep disorders, muscle pain, lowered immune systems and hormone deficiencies which are often not picked up on in blood tests.

Fibromyalgia may cause doctors to overestimate the severity of spondyloarthritis. Find out more. 

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  1. As a person who was a dancer on stage for 9 years and then did heavy manual labor and weight trained, I have to say that every time some medical professional tells me to exercise more… I KNOW that I’m not being heard! Chronic Fatigue has robbed me of one of the things I enjoyed most in life, my own adrenaline! The stages of FMS need to be taken into consideration before tossing us all into the same bag. Now, for me simply having to walk up a wheelchair ramp feels like I’m trying to push a boulder in soft sand! I also have X-rays to prove the severity of the OA in my spine, ONE of the problems which was mentioned in the article. When bone spurs press on nerves you can’t overestimate the severity!

    • wendy honor says:

      I keep telling the consultant about the back pain and it shoots across my lower back like a knife going in and out I can’t move the pain is so intense it takes my breath away I have asked instead of chucking more tablets at me could they not try cortisone injections or ones I had a few years ago that used to work for a few months was facet joint nerve block injections in my lower spine the answer I got was I will not get funding to give these injections for fibremyalgia surely if they worked would work out cheaper and better for me than the 340mg of morhinestone plus all the other tablets I’m on he then signed me off and said I need to see a psychiatrist for my depression this consultant was at our hospitals pain management clinic I give up

      • Pam says:

        Wendy, I already suffer from depression and PTSD from childhood,and some SSRI’s DO help with nerve pain which sounds like what you describe. I take 60 mg of Cymbalta and it helps. If you think you’re have a sciatic nerve issue,try this old trick, put a shoe or sneaker on the painful side and a sipper or barefoot on the other. Usually works in a day or two! For me the shots did nothing. And the arthritis is so severe that there are times when even 30mg or more of morphine don’t help.that’s when I try adding 600mg of Advil and most times it does the trick. If you want to find me and loads of others here’s the Facebook link to my soon to be clothing for people in chronic pain.tinyurl.com/jyv26e2

      • Tim Bossie says:

        We are sorry to hear that Tanis. For the most part, diet and exercise to help a great many people with their pain and fatigue.

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