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Fibromyalgia - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Fibromyalgia is illness that is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain all over the body accompanied by memory, mood and sleep disorders. Experts says that that fibromyalgia amplifies the pain factors in the patient’s sensation, which happens because the painful senses is affected by the way the patient’s brain processes the pain signals on this body.

Symptoms of this illness generally begins after a surgery, physical trauma, significant psychological stress or infections. In certain other patients, these symptoms gradually accumulates over a course of time, without showing any single event that can trigger this disease. It has been observed that women are affected with fibromyalgia more than men. Many patients who fall a prey to this disease have TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders, IBS (irritable bowel syndromes), tension headaches and also depression.

It’s unfortunate that this disease have no cure, but there are several medications that can help to control the symptoms of this disease. Especially relaxation, exercise and stress-reduction measures do help in keeping the symptoms of fibromyalgia under control.

According to experts, researchers are of the opinion that the nerve stimulation causes the brains of the people affected with this illness to change. This change involves an abnormal level of increase in certain chemicals in the brain that aids in signaling pain factors, which are known as neurotransmitters. Moreover, people affected with this malady seem to develop a kind of lasting memory associated with the pain and hence become more sensitive , which makes them overreact to otherwise normal painful feelings in our day to day lives.

This disease often interfere with the patient’s ability to function at home or at work. Patients affected with this disease often get frustrated as people general misunderstand their painful and agonizing state of existence that results in depression and health-associated anxieties. There is also a study done recently on the relationship between fibromyalgia and MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), whereby it has been found that both these diseases have substantial similarity in psychological characteristics, neuroendocrine abnormalities, physical symptoms and treatments done for cure, between fibromyalgia and MDD.

As both these ailments have same underlying constructs hence both fibromyalgia and MDD can be seen as subsidiaries of an one disease concept.

Can't be cured, but treatment helps Require medical diagnosis Lab test sometimes required Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong Non communicable
Symptoms
Widespread muscle pain and tenderness. Fatigue.

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Fibromyalgia - How Ayurveda Is Safe For It?

Dr. Nabanita Das 92% (103 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD(Ayurveda)
Ayurveda, Guwahati
Fibromyalgia - How Ayurveda Is Safe For It?
Non-inflammatory pain and tenderness in joints, muscles and ligaments can lead to a chronic condition called Fibromyalgia. It is estimated that it affects 5 % of the population annually. Though there are many conventional medications available to address this situation, none of them focuses on healing the disease from the root. This is precisely where Ayurvedic techniques differ. Let us look at a time tested way to address Fibromyalgia through ancient Ayurveda. Ayurveda for Fibromyalgia There are some common symptoms of Fibromyalgia. These include aches and stiffness of the body, generalized fatigue, chronic headaches and migraines, swelling and numbing sensations in the joints. Ayurveda treats a particular disease on the basis of the vata imbalance. The condition also affects the central nervous system thus leading to pain and tenderness. Accumulation of Ama or toxins is also the other major factor for Fibromyalgia. Ayurveda focuses mainly on these two factors and creates a balance in suppressing them. The famed panchakarma therapy and the herbal oil massage can help in reducing the toxin levels. They also work additionally as a detox thus helping in eradicating the harmful by-products. Along with it, a diet plan should also be followed for stimulating the growth naturally. These include vegetables, fibers, and juices of carrot, cucumber, beetroot, spices like cumin, coriander, ginger asafetida and coconut milk. Also, some limitations are needed, and a person should avoid spicy foods and reduce the intake of caffeine products. Alcohol should be curbed when a person is under the treatment plan. Few herbs like "Dashamula quath" and 'Triphala choorna' are recommended for cleansing the colon. Mental stress is also one of the major factors, and hence a relaxed attitude should be followed along with certain lifestyle changes. Ayurveda wants the body to get the necessary sleep and rest in its treatment plan. In the treatment of Fibromyalgia too, it is no different. The Ayurvedic physician would lay out the entire cycle of the treatment procedure, and they have to be followed religiously. A person can see the reduction in the pain within a few weeks of following the treatment. Ayurveda is safe The biggest advantage of an Ayurvedic treatment is that it is extremely safe and that there are no side effects. They effectively act as a detox thus getting rid of the harmful substances from the body along with curing of the symptoms. Ayurveda not only takes care of the pain but identifies the problem from the root. Hence it effectively curbs the chances of Fibromyalgia from reoccurring.
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Fibromyalgia - Know Its Symptoms And Treatments!

Dr. Anjali Kolhe 84% (31 ratings)
MD - Anaesthesiology, F.U.I.C.C.(Pain) Pain Management Specialist
Pain Management Specialist, Nagpur
Fibromyalgia - Know Its Symptoms And Treatments!
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Fibromyalgia - Ayurvedic Ways That Can Help Resolve It!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Fibromyalgia - Ayurvedic Ways That Can Help Resolve It!
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Autoimmune Diseases - Things You Must Know About It!

Dr. Bharat Singh 88% (12 ratings)
MBBS, MD-Medicine, DM - Clinical Immunology
Rheumatologist, Jaipur
Autoimmune Diseases - Things You Must Know About It!
Normally, the body s immune system recognizes any foreign body as an antigen and produces what are known as antibodies. However, in autoimmune disorders, the body produces antibodies against the body s own tissue. This is an abnormality and depending on what factor is triggering the production of antibodies, there are various types of autoimmune disorders (AID). When we look at the musculoskeletal system, there are quite a few, the top 4 being: Scleroderma Systemic lupus erythematosus Sjogren s syndrome Rheumatoid arthritis In all these conditions, the body produces antibodies against its own tissue, producing these conditions. Causes: Family history is definitely an attribute to developing autoimmune diseases Environmental pollution Lifestyle including lack of exercise, smoking, excessive alcohol use Know more about these: Scleroderma: Can be localized or generalized, the upper layers of the skin get thicker (sclerosis). This can be nodular or diffuse, and can also affect children. The skin and muscles are usually affected, but in severe cases, it can affect internal organs such as lungs and heart. Systemic lupus erythematosus: SLE, as it is often called, is very common and can be diagnosed as scleroderma in the initial stages. It can also occur with other autoimmune conditions and some of the types include cutaneous lupus, systemic lupus, drug-induced lupus, and neonatal lupus. Rheumatoid arthritis: The most common autoimmune rheumatic disease is RA, which causes inflammation of the joint spaces. There would be pain, stiffness, and swelling of the joints. This needs to be segregated as RA, as the symptoms are similar to any other form of arthritis. Treatment includes a combination of pain killers, heat and cold therapy, massage, steroid injections, and immune controlling agents. Sjogren s syndrome: The symptoms are characteristic with dry mucous membranes including those of the eyes, mouth, and vagina. There could be accompanying pain and redness, significant fatigue, fibromyalgia, and complications relating to other organs. Diagnosis: Autoimmune diseases are tricky to diagnose as other diseases with similar symptoms need to be ruled out first. In some cases, there are specific antibodies, and checking their levels can help identify the underlying condition. Management: For all the rheumatic autoimmune diseases, treatment is a multipronged approach with lifestyle changes, drugs, and alternative therapies. Lifestyle changes: A healthy diet, regular exercise, and adequate vitamin and mineral supplementation is a must. Drugs: Some drugs used are: Anti-inflammatory drugs Steroids ACE inhibitors Immunomodulatory therapy Stem cell transplants Alternative therapies such as massages with herbal oils, acupuncture, and cold therapy are widely used to control inflammation. In addition, alcohol and smoking and exposure to environmental pollution need to be controlled.
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7 Best Homeopathic Remedies For Fibromyalgia!

Dr. Shrutika Lolayekar 85% (38 ratings)
BHMS
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7 Best Homeopathic Remedies For Fibromyalgia!
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Popular Questions & Answers

Hello last years August I was caught by chikungunya mine very severe pains not able to walk, ra factor anti crp CBC, tsh. Uric acid, all reports normal my rheumatologist said it is fibromyalgia sharp pains please suggest wat to do to get relief from this.

Dr. L. Radhakrishna Murthy 90% (333 ratings)
pg general medicene
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Dear lybrate-user Some times after Chikun gunya severe pains and arthritis is common. Avoid cold atmosphere and cold drinks Take only hot water regularly for drinking. Take following Vatha Gajankusham 2tabs morning and evening with hot water. Thrayodasanga guggulu 2tabs morning and evening with hot water.
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How is fibromyalgia different from spinal problems. And how can we co relate it with psychosomatic pains?

Dr. Amit Sharma 89% (22 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Greater Noida
Fibromylgia is muscles related issue so can't co-relate this to spinal or any kind of bony problems. Pain of fibromylgia is localised most of d time its being radiated if it is chronic. You need to go & take some physiotherapy sessions for dis problem if you hav any other query regarding this please ask anytime. Thanks & Regards

Sometimes if I sleep for longer hours I feel deep pain in my hands feet and legs I am 34 years male taking glycomet 850 sr, metxl 12.5 and mactor for ldl my online research suggest fibromyalgia please HELP WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?

Dr. Nilesh Nolkha 92% (353 ratings)
DM - Rheumatology, MD - General Medicine
Rheumatologist, Mumbai
Sometimes pain can happen in anybody. Fibromyalgia diagnosis is not made my looking symptoms at google, kindly consult a rheumatologist.
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I suffering by fibromyalgia from 20 years. Heavy mind related and many abnormal Symptoms. Mainly problem lumber disc Area. That area spinal cord twisted and back Spasm, upper back, neck, leg pain, arms, solders And mouth, teeth, eyelids problems.

Dr. Poonam Patel Vasani 88% (891 ratings)
MBBS, MD - Anaesthesiology, FIPM, Fellowship in palliative medicine, certificate in interventional pain management
Pain Management Specialist, Pune
You have not mentioned details of treatment you are undergoing for fibromyalgia. Medicine therapy in fibromyalgia is effective and along with it you should do regular exercises/ at least walking. Don't worry your symptoms can be relieved by medication. The medication needs to be given by prescription. Consult a pain specialist in your city for treatment. You can consult again for further queries.

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