Fibromyalgia Complications

Fibromyalgia Complications

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    ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    As far as we know fibromyalgia does not cause other medical conditions, however, there are certain disorders that cluster with fibromyalgia:

    • Raynaud’s and sensitivity to cold
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Gastrointestinal disorders, such as small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) and leaky gut syndrome (LGS)
    • Irritable bladder
    • Interstitial cystitis

    Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) also known as chronic myofascial pain (CMP), which is the presence of myofascial trigger points

    • Insomnia
    • Disordered sleep
    • Cognitive dysfunction
    • Dry mucus membranes (SICCA syndrome)
    • Severe headache
    • Jaw dysfunction and pain (which could be contributed to MPS/CMP)
    • Restless Leg Syndrome
    • Anxiety or depression

    It is felt that most of these comorbid conditions have a common connection in the central nervous system and that is why they cluster together.

    It is important to evaluate each of them if fibromyalgia is suspected, because treatments may overlap, but are specific to each condition.

    All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice.  www.thesethree.com

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    Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes chronic muscle and soft tissue pain, widespread tenderness, general fatigue, and non-restful sleep. Fibromyalgia often strikes people with lupus. In fact, fibromyalgia causes most of the pain a person experiences if they have lupus. A variety of lifestyle changes can ease and manage the pain and symptoms that fibromyalgia causes.

    Here are some tips to help keep the fibromyalgia symptoms under control:

    Stay active - You may believe that limiting your daily activities helps to reduce pain and fatigue, but actually the opposite is true. You can schedule short daily rest times to help you keep up with your day, but spending too many hours resting may make your symptoms worse.
    •Manage your stress - Stress can trigger your physical symptoms such as headache, increased pain, and muscle tension, so try to keep your stress under control. Of course, there are some stressors that you can control, and some are simply out of your hands. Focus on what you can control, and direct your energy toward future growth.
    Exercise - Research has shown that light stretching activities such as Tai Chi and yoga can help relax muscles and improve some of the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Moderate or intense exercise for about 30 minutes helps your brain release endorphins-substances that make you feel good and experience a "natural high."
    Socialize and eat a healthy diet - A supportive social network and a healthy diet can also help to ease feelings of emotional and physical discomfort and promote an overall sense of well-being.

    If you feel you need more help in managing your fibromyalgia, your doctor can assist you in devising coping strategies.
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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    If you have fibromyalgia, your body is one big target. You can have symptoms from your head (persistent headaches) to your toes (restless leg syndrome is a common complication). However, one of the defining features of fibromyalgia is pain in many places on the body, including:
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    • the neck
    • the upper chest
    • the upper back and shoulders
    • the elbows
    • the knees

    To diagnose fibromyalgia, doctors ask about 19 such spots on the body in all. If you have a number of them for at least three months, your doctor may suspect that you have fibromyalgia.

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    AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease), answered
    As if coping with pain and other common fibromyalgia symptoms weren't bad enough, people with fibromyalgia often develop complications, such as:
    • restless leg syndrome, in which you feel pain, tingling, and other unpleasant sensations in the lower limbs, which are only relieved by movement
    • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a gastrointestinal condition that causes abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits (such as alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation)
    The medications your doctor prescribes for pain and other common symptoms of fibromyalgia may not bring relief for complications such as restless leg syndrome or IBS. If you develop these or other complications, tell your doctor soon.
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    ACeleste Cooper, Rheumatology, answered

    There is evidence that the risk of fibromyalgia may increase with age. There is a higher incidence of FM with disorders associated with aging, such as arthritic and autoimmune disorders. Because of this it is possible that overall symptoms may worsen over time, especially if comorbid and coexisting conditions aren’t addressed and treated appropriately.

    Newer research suggests that there is also a dysautonomia associated with FM, (see http://thesethree.com/FM_Research.html) for this reason comorbid conditions can interfere and recommended treatments may fall short of success. We know myofascial pain syndrome is also associated with many of the overlapping conditions of FM, when left untreated symptoms do not improve. (see http://thesethree.com/Myofascial_Pain.html).

    All blogs, posts and answers are based on the work in Integrative Therapies for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Myofascial Pain: The Mind-Body Connection by Celeste Cooper, RN, and Jeff Miller, PhD. 2010, Vermont: Healing Arts press and are not meant to replace medical advice. http://www.thesethree.com

    Author of Chapter Five, Living with and Coping Effectively Through Fibromyalgia: Detecting Barriers, Understanding the Clues, in Fibromyalgia Insider Secrets: 10 Top Experts, 2nd Ed. Ebook complied by Deirdre Rawlings, ND, PhD
    http://www.fibromyalgiainsidersecrets.com/idevaffiliate/idevaffiliate.php?id=121_0_1_59

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