Along with the muscle pain, fibromyalgia may happen with another pain-related illness such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Unlike the acute pain of a pulled muscle or backache, fibromyalgia pain is chronic or long-term and needs an ongoing treatment plan to manage the pain and other symptoms.
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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredFibromyalgia is debilitating and relentless. It's not like the pain you get from a headache or a sprained ankle. With fibro, you might feel like there's a four-alarm fire raging in your muscles or sulphuric acid in your joints. The pain is intense and widespread. Getting out of bed can be more challenging than sprinting along the Great Wall of China.
Along with the muscle pain, fibromyalgia may happen with another pain-related illness such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Unlike the acute pain of a pulled muscle or backache, fibromyalgia pain is chronic or long-term and needs an ongoing treatment plan to manage the pain and other symptoms.Helpful? 4 people found this helpful.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredWhile acute pain lasts for a few hours or days, fibromyalgia pain is chronic, or long-term, and lasts for months to years. In fact, widespread body pain and deep muscle pain are the main symptoms of fibromyalgia. People with fibromyalgia describe the pain as stabbing, shooting, throbbing, and aching. Some people with fibromyalgia have tingling and numbness throughout the body, along with the deep muscle pain. Others with fibromyalgia may have more pain in the morning. Pain may also worsen with weather changes, poor sleep, too much exercise, not enough exercise, and chronic emotional stress.Helpful? 14 people found this helpful.
Pfizer LYRICA™ (pregabalin) Team answered
The pain of fibromyalgia is different than normal pain, because it is believed to have a different cause.
There are many ways to describe the pain symptoms of fibromyalgia:
- Deep muscle pain and soreness
- Morning stiffness
- Flu-like aching
- Radiating pain
- Sensitivity to touch
Nerves throughout the body and spinal cord send messages to the brain. It is believed that people with fibromyalgia have changes in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) that result in overactive nerves. The changes may be responsible for the chronic widespread pain and tenderness of fibromyalgia. LYRICA is believed to calm overactive nerves. It is unknown exactly how LYRICA works in the body. Animal studies suggest that LYRICA calms nerves by reducing “extra” electrical signals sent out by overactive nerves. The implication of these studies in humans is not known.
LYRICA is FDA-approved for the management of fibromyalgia. In the past you may have taken over-the-counter pain relief pills or narcotics when you felt that your pain was getting to a point that was difficult to manage. Over-the-counter pain relief pills and narcotics are not approved by the FDA for the management of fibromyalgia. LYRICA is not an antidepressant or narcotic. However, those who have drug or alcohol problems may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
There are treatment options available that can help your condition. In clinical studies, LYRICA was proven to provide significant relief from fibromyalgia pain compared with a placebo, so patients felt better and could do more.**Individual results may vary.
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LYRICA is not for everyone. LYRICA may cause serious, even life threatening, allergic reactions. Stop taking LYRICA and call your doctor right away if you have any signs of a serious allergic reaction. Some signs are swelling of your face, mouth, lips, gums, tongue, throat or neck, or if you have any trouble breathing, or have a rash, hives or blisters.
Drugs used to treat seizures increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. LYRICA may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Patients, family members or caregivers should call the doctor right away if they notice suicidal thoughts or actions, thoughts of self harm, or any unusual changes in mood or behavior. These changes may include new or worsening depression, anxiety, restlessness, trouble sleeping, panic attacks, anger, irritability, agitation, aggression, dangerous impulses or violence, or extreme increases in activity or talking. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop LYRICA without first talking to your doctor.
LYRICA may cause swelling of your hands, legs and feet, which can be serious for people with heart problems. LYRICA may cause dizziness and sleepiness. You should not drive or work with machines until you know how LYRICA affects you. Also, tell your doctor right away about muscle pain or problems along with feeling sick and feverish, or any changes in your eyesight including blurry vision, or if you have any kidney problems or get dialysis.
Some of the most common side effects of LYRICA are dizziness, blurry vision, weight gain, sleepiness, trouble concentrating, swelling of your hands and feet, dry mouth, and feeling “high.” If you have diabetes, tell your doctor about any skin sores.
You may have a higher chance for swelling and hives if you are also taking angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors so tell your doctor if you are taking these medications. You may have a higher chance of swelling of your hands or feet or gaining weight if you are also taking certain diabetes medicines. Do not drink alcohol while on LYRICA. You may have a higher chance for dizziness and sleepiness if you take LYRICA with alcohol, narcotic pain medicines, or medicines for anxiety.
Before you start LYRICA, tell your doctor if you are planning to father a child, or if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you have had a drug or alcohol problem, you may be more likely to misuse LYRICA.
In studies, a specific type of blood vessel tumor was seen in mice, but not in rats. The meaning of these findings in humans is not known.
Do not stop taking LYRICA without talking to your doctor. If you stop suddenly you may have headaches, nausea, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, increased sweating, or you may feel anxious. If you have epilepsy, you may have seizures more often.
LYRICA is indicated to treat fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain, spinal cord injury nerve pain, and pain after shingles. LYRICA is also indicated to treat partial onset seizures in adults with epilepsy who take 1 or more drugs for seizures.
Piedmont Heart Institute answeredFibromyalgia patients are thought to have a resetting of the volume control of their central nervous system and thus feel an exaggerated pain. They have a lower pain threshold. The pain is generally widespread and is characterized as an oversenstitization of the nervous system as it is stimulated.
However, pain thresholds are variable from person to person.
Fibromyalgia is condition characterized by widespread chronic pain and fatigue with no known cause. The pain is normally not caused by injury or a single chronic condition. Because symptoms can resemble those of other conditions, but fibro is not like other more common problems causing chronic pain.
Fibro is not like any other condition because the pain can vary in both the location on the body where it is concentrated and the frequency. Many feel a heightened and painful response to applied pressure.The pain is often accompanied by extreme fatigue, sleep disturbance and joint stiffness.
Jacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
It can be because the pain tends to be widespread and persistent. Think about a toothache that is felt all over the body and lasts for many years. It can be severe.
The good news, it is also very treatable and I can count on my fingers how many of the thousands of fibromyalgia patient's I have treated have not been able to get good pain relief. It is not acceptable for you to be left in pain!Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
Matthew F. McCarty, MD, Anesthesiology, answered
Fibromyalgia pain can often be perceived as worse than normal pain because of its characteristics and related consequences. Fibromyalgia is described as a long-term body wide pain with associated tenderness in joints, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues. Normal pain such as that after a back or neck strain or ankle sprain is often self-limited after the body begins its normal healing phase. In Fibromyalgia the body may have an abnormal response to painful stimuli. Sleep disturbances, physical or emotional trauma have also been implicated in causing fibromyalgia. Often the pain from fibromyalgia takes on a burning quality and physical exam will reveal at least 18 tender knots where muscles are in constant spasm. As the pain drags on sleep can be further compromised and depression and anxiety can develop or worsen which can require separate treatment. A thorough investigation and treatment of underlying sources of pain such as osteoarthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis etc. can hopefully remove a source of pain if the fibromyalgia is caused from the body’s abnormal response to underlying pain.
Debra Fulghum Bruce PhD, Healthcare, answered
We all get tired. And who doesn't feel sore, achy and stiff, especially after a weekend of sports activities or heavy gardening? For those with fibromyalgia, these debilitating symptoms of pain and fatigue are severe and constant, lasting for months and years and causing poor quality of life for its millions of victims--damaging jobs, families and personal lives.
Coined in l976, the term “fibromyalgia” describes the basic symptoms of constant muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue and tender points. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain--in the back, neck, arms and legs--with many tender or trigger points that are very painful when touched.Helpful? 6 people found this helpful.