As the name implies, adult soft tissue sarcomas start in the cells of the body's soft tissue. Examples of soft tissue include blood vessels, muscles, fatty tissue, fibrous tissue, and tendons. When certain DNA mutations occur, it causes an overproduction of cells that form a tumor in the soft tissue. Most commonly, adult soft tissue sarcomas form in the arms or legs, but they can also affect internal organs and other locations. These tumors usually cause a painless lump to form but, depending on what area is affected, adult soft tissue sarcoma can affect the body in a variety of ways. If tumors are not treated, they often grow large enough to cause pain or create other complications throughout the body.
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Location and Office HoursMontgomery Rheumatology Associates
Montgomery, AL 36111
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What is the most hopeful part of my fibromyalgia diagnosis?
The most hopeful part of your fibromyalgia diagnosis is that the condition is not fatal, nor does fibromyalgia do any obvious damage to your muscles or internal organs. Many people are living with this condition with a positive attitude and wonderful quality of life.
Even though fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, there are ways that you can reduce your stress, pain and fatigue. Try to live as healthy a life as possible, with good nutrition and regular exercise. Healthy food and exercise will help you sleep better. When you are well rested, you will feel better and suffer less fatigue.
Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider to learn how to manage your fibromyalgia and explore treatments that can improve your symptoms. Try each day to be hopeful about the positive things you can do to manage your condition.
How flexible am I?
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Flexibility is like real estate - it all depends on location. Some may be able to twist their necks around like a horror-movie monster, while others probably have hamstrings that are tighter than football pants. If you want to test your flexibility, try these exercises. But do not force them or elicit pain - they're not designed to cause you disability, just to test your current state. If you have doubt, only do them with guidance of a professional. You can also perform these tests routinely to improve your flexibility.
Forearms: Place your hands against each other upside down with the backs of your hands against each other for 30 to 60 seconds. If any numbness or tingling develops on the surface of the thumb, index or middle fingers, it may mean you have carpel tunnel syndrome.
Hips: Sit and rotate your legs approximately 45 degrees in both directions. Normal rotation is 45 degrees.
Shoulders: Test both internal and external rotation of the shoulder. Reach behind you with one arm and touch the opposite shoulder blade. Reach up over your shoulder touching your reaching hand to the inside of the same shoulder. If you can't reach those points, you likely have weak rotator cuffs.
Neck: Tilt your head down to your chest and then up and back so you're looking toward the ceiling. Normal neck flexion allows your chin to be about a finger's length away from your chest. Normal neck extension means that eye, ear lobe, and shoulder are all in line. Now, that's usually a little bit further than most people can do, so don't force it; just work gradually to get a better range of motion.
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