The greatest risk for complications in fibromyalgia is misdiagnosis, not identifying and treating the comorbid conditions in fibromyalgia, or drug interactions that can occur with other medications, and over the counter drugs, herbs and supplements.
The many comorbid conditions with FM have specific treatments. For instance, there is a higher incidence of hypothyroidism, and the medications used to treat FM will not treat hypothyroidism.
Thought not considered a comorbid condition with FM, yet, the coexistance of chronic myofascial pain from myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) ooccur frequently, according the extensive research. The treatments for MTrPs require hands on therapy, and when not considered, the pain can be a great complication in the life of a patient with FM. Not only are they a great source of our pain, they are peripheral pain generators that keep the FM brain hyper sensitized.
Talk with your doctor about known comorbid and coexisting conditions. There are many helpful tools to help you understand the many conditions in chapter two of our book , “Communicating Your Healthcare Needs,” including Relating Your Symptoms and Health History, Identifying Aggravating and Alleviating Factors, Coexisting Conditions, Communicating with Your Physician and Other Health Care Providers, a Summary Exercise: Clear Expressions , Medication Log, Symptom Inventory Sheet, Anatomical Diagram of Pain, and Health History Log.
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
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