• sally smith sally smith
    October 29, 2011
    Sudden pain all over body?
    sally smith sally smith
    October 29, 2011

    My whole body hurts every day. The pain is in my knees, elbows, hips, joints, arms, legs, hips...it seems like everything. I get on the floor and can't get up; it's hard to walk or walk up stairs. I limp and have sharp pains in hips, and it's hard to get out of bed in the mornings. Basically it's just hard to walk. My extremities are killing me. My back hurts, and even the muscles in my arms and legs ache. What could be causing this?

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  • Cort
    Health Guide
    October 30, 2011
    Cort
    Health Guide
    October 30, 2011

    You'll have to see a doctor to find out what you have but you might want to check out a condition called Fibromyalgia. 


    Fibromyalgia or FM is believed to be a kind of hypersensitivity disorder that results in high levels of usually body-wide pain (but often concentrating in the upper body), increased fatigue, poor sleep, problems thinking clearly and often increased sensitivity to light, odors, etc. It appears to be caused at least in part by increased activation of the pain producing and inhibition of the pain-reducing circuits in the brain. This has lead some researchers to call it a ‘central sensitization' disorder.

    FM is often triggered by trauma or injury or a flu-like illness and effects more women than men. Health Central has an excellent FM site you might want to check out. People who are 'successful' in treating FM often use a variety of treatments from drugs to stress reduction to physical therapieds. There is no 'cure' but new drugs have been recently approved for the disorder and more are reportedly on the way.

    Here are some links that might be useful to you right now:

    Fibromyalgia – An Overview

    Could Fibromyalgia Be Caused By a Virus? 

    7 Surgery Tips for Fibromyalgia

     

     

     

    • Cort
      October 30, 2011
      Cort
      Health Guide
      October 30, 2011

      A key aspect of FM is widespread body pain, by the way. 

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  • Celeste Cooper, RN
    Health Pro
    June 01, 2015
    Celeste Cooper, RN
    Health Pro
    June 01, 2015
    Rachel, have you talked with your doctor about this? You could have an underlying problem, such as arthritis. If you tenderness everywhere, it could be fibromyalgia (especially if you also have trouble sleeping and have noticed a decline in your thinking). Myofascial pain syndrome can also cause the pain you describe, particularly with the joint issues you describe. It is possible to have more than one thing going on too. The presence of trigger points can cause pain in the referral patterns you describe. But first, talk to your doctor, because your treatment will depend on the cause.

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  • rachel May 31, 2015
    rachel
    May 31, 2015
    Hey Sally, have you ever found anything out about your symptoms? My mom feels the exact same way. She can't do anything because she's in so much pain. She has been to a bunch of doctors and they're not really telling her anything. READ MORE
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