Tag Archives: Fibromyalgia

Exercise, Talk Therapy by Phone May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Exercise and/or talking with a therapist on the phone once a week may significantly reduce chronic pain, a new study shows.   About 20% to 40% of adults report experiencing chronic pain, Seth Berkowitz, MD, and Mitchell Katz, MD, of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services write in an accompanying editorial. […]

Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome

(ĐTĐ) – Exploring the possible connection between the two conditions: Fibromyalgia and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.   Are irritable bowel syndrome and fibromyalgia connected? It’s a question many people with these chronic conditions are asking. The answer could shed light on what causes these conditions. But that answer is proving hard to get. Fibromyalgia is a […]

Fibromyalgia in Children and Teens

(ĐTĐ) – Usually it’s easy to find out what’s making kids sick. Common childhood conditions like strep throat and ear infections are pretty simple to diagnose with a throat swab or doctor’s exam.   Yet when kids complain of vague symptoms, like fatigue, achiness, and difficulty sleeping, they could be experiencing any one of a […]

Diagnosing Fibromyalgia: Common Misdiagnoses

Jackie Yencha hit the wall at age 22. “I couldn’t handle the pain any more,” she says. “I was terribly fatigued, not feeling well, not sleeping well.” But it took Yencha seven years to get an accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Her first diagnosis — reflex sympathetic dystrophy — resulted in experimental surgery that did nothing […]

Water Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Easing Deep Muscle Pain

(ĐTĐ) – Studies from Spain indicate that water aerobics improves quality of life for women with fibromyalgia pain in the long-term.   If you have fibromyalgia pain, you’re likely clenching right now. “Clenching is an involuntary reaction to stress,” says Doris Cope, MD, director of Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “People […]

Understanding Fibromyalgia – The Basics

Understanding Fibromyalgia - The Basics

(ĐTĐ) –  Fibromyalgia is a non-life-threatening, chronic disorder of the muscles and surrounding soft tissue, including ligaments and tendons.  Its main symptoms are muscle pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and tender points at certain parts of the body. Many people describe fibromyalgia as feeling like a persistent flu.  Tiếng Việt >>   Some health care providers may use […]

Fibromyalgia Medications

(ĐTĐ) – There are many different medications used to treat fibromyalgia symptoms, including pain medicines, sleeping pills, and antidepressants. Some fibromyalgia medicines help ease pain. Others boost mood and improve sleep. Working with your doctor will help you find the right fibromyalgia medication to add to your treatment regimen. That way, you can manage your […]

A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?

(ĐTĐ) – A new blood test may predict fibromyalgia, a condition that can be hard to diagnose. Research about the new test was presented Sunday at the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in San Diego.   EpicGenetics of Santa Monica, Calif., developed the test, called the FM/a test, says Bruce Gillis, MD, […]

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

(ĐTĐ) – Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common disorder characterized by multiple tender points, widespread deep muscle pain, fatigue, and depression. The term fibromyalgia comes from the Latin word for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek terms for muscle (myo) and pain (algia).   What are tender points? Tender points are pain points or localized areas […]

What Is Fibromyalgia?

What Is Fibromyalgia?

(ĐTĐ) – Fibromyalgia is the most common arthritis-related illness after osteoarthritis. Still, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic condition. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation.   In this overview of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), we’ll […]