What criteria must I meet to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia?
The American Society of Rheumatology published guidelines in 1980 and then updated them in 2010. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is met when there is widespread pain on many parts of the body. Other associated findings include fatigue and cognitive difficulties or not thinking clearly.Full Post
What tests are used to diagnose fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a clinical diagnosis. There is no test to diagnose this syndrome. It is a constellation of findings which include widespread pain for at least three months and symptoms like fatigue and thinking problems.Full Post
How are fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome different?
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and FM are alike in many ways. In fact, it is not uncommon for a person to have both FM and CFS. Some experts believe that FM and CFS are in fact the same disorder, but expressed in slightly different ways. Both CFS and FM have pain and fatigue as symptoms.
The main... Full Post
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
People with FM often see many doctors before being diagnosed because the pain syndrome and the fatigue may mimic other symptoms of other illnesses. Often, therefore, this condition is diagnosed after many other diseases are excluded.
The American Society of Rheumatology has created criteria for the... Full Post
How is fibromyalgia diagnosed?
People with FM often see many doctors before being diagnosed. One reason for this may be that pain and fatigue, the main symptoms of FM, also are symptoms of many other conditions. Therefore, doctors often must rule out other possible causes of these symptoms before making a diagnosis of FM. FM cannot... Full Post
Which drug should I take for long-term treatment of obesity?
The Food and Drug Administration has approved one medicine for long-term treatment of obesity:
Orlistat keeps your body from absorbing fat from the food you eat.
This medicine is for people who:
Have a BMI of 30 or higher Have a BMI of 27 or higher and weight-related health problems or health risks... Full Post
What are the symptoms of bladder cancer?
Common symptoms of bladder cancer include:Blood in the urine (making the urine slightly rusty to deep red), Pain during urination, and Frequent urination or feeling the need to urinate without results.
These symptoms are not sure signs of bladder cancer. Infections, benign tumors, bladder stones,... Full Post
How is Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) treated?Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP) is generally a mild self-limited illness that resolves spontaneously. The outcome is usually excellent. Some patients, however, may have significant problems with the kidneys or intestines. Treatment is usually supportive with adequate hydration and rest being very... Full Post
What's a caregiver?
A caregiver is anyone who provides help to another person in need. Usually, the person receiving care has a condition such as dementia, cancer, or brain injury and needs help with basic daily tasks. Caregivers help with many things such as:
- Grocery shopping
- House cleaning
How can I fight jet lag?
Taking melatonin and getting light exposure at the right time can help your body adjust to the time zone of your destination. Watch this video to learn more from Dr. Scott Leibowitz on ways to avoid jet lag.Full Post
How does stress affect the body?
Stress has a clear impact on our bodies. When we are scared or tense, the heart races and our breathing becomes shallow. When our lives are particularly stressful, many of us experience headaches, digestive problems, insomnia, and a host of other discomforts. Some research provides evidence that... Full Post
What is thyroid cancer?
Cancer that forms in the thyroid gland (an organ at the base of the throat that makes hormones that help control heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and weight). Four main types of thyroid cancer are papillary, follicular, medullary, and anaplastic thyroid cancer. The four types are... Full Post
What are the treatment options for Williams syndrome?
There is no cure for William's syndrome (WS), nor is there a standard course of treatment. Since WS is an uncommon and complex disorder, multidisciplinary clinics have been established at several centers in the United States. Treatments are based on an individual's particular symptoms. People... Full Post
How is mitral valve prolapse (MVP) diagnosed?
A mitral valve prolapse (MVP) most often is found during a routine physical exam when your doctor uses a stethoscope to listen to your heart.
Your doctor listens for a certain "click" and/or murmur. Stretched valve flaps, as seen in MVP, can make a clicking sound as they shut. If the valve is leaking... Full Post