Pain

Fibromyalgia

About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. People with fibromyalgia have "tender points" on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such asTrouble sleepingMorning stiffnessHeadachesPainful menstrual periodsTingling or numbness in hands and feetProblems with thinking and memory (sometimes called "fibro fog")No one knows what causes fibromyalgia. Anyone can get it, but it is most common in middle-aged women. People with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases are particularly likely to develop fibromyalgia. There is no cure for fibromyalgia, but medicine can help you manage your symptoms. Getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating well may also help.NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle pain and fatigue
  • Tender points on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs that hurt more when you put pressure on them
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
  • Problems with thinking and memory, sometimes called "fibro fog"

All Medications for Fibromyalgia

Tips, success stories, and coping strategies for Fibromyalgia

What tip would you give someone like me who was just diagnosed?
  • Learn when to rest so you don't end up in pain and over fatigued

  • be gentle with yourself-it is real

  • read up on fibro

What’s your best coping strategy?
  • Gluten free diet

  • 10 minutes of activity then 10minutes of rest, repeat

  • Having a daily routine I stick to of exercise

Besides medications, what else has worked for you?
  • Staying flexible and doing water arobics in a hot enough pool that you will not get chilled

  • No lifting, bending, or labor

  • Going gluten free has helped my overall well being. Less inflammation and more energy.