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If you talk with a room full of fibromyalgia patients, you're likely to hear quite a few stories describing years of uncertainty prior to finally receiving a fibromyalgia diagnosis. You'll probably also hear many accounts of being misdiagnosed with other illnesses before doctors determined that they actually had fibromyalgia. It's not at all unusual for fibromyalgia to be misdiagnosed as another condition and vice versa. There are several reasons FM can be difficult to diagnose :
Many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia are the same as, or very similar to, other illnesses.
There are no lab tests or imaging scans that definitively identify FM.
Often people with FM also have other comorbid or overlapping conditions.
Following are 7 other conditions your doctor may consider in trying to determine if you have fibromyalgia, another condition, or both. 1) ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) ME/CFS is the condition that is probably most often confused ...
Alternative Names Aches and pains in bones; Pain - bones Home Care For unexplained bone pain, see your health care provider. Call your health care provider if Take any bone pain or tenderness very seriously. Contact your health care provider if you have any unexplained bone pain. What to expect at your health care provider's office Your health care provider will ask you about your medical history and perform a physical exam. Medical history questions may include: Location of the pain
Is the pain in the forearms, hands, lower legs, or feet ( distal extremities)? Is the pain in the main part of the arm or leg? Is the pain in the heels (calcaneal pain)? Time and pattern of the pain
When did you first notice the pain (at what age did the pain begin)? How long have you had the pain? Is it getting worse? What other symptoms do you have? Diagnostic tests that may be performed include: Blood studies (such as CBC , blood differential ) Bone x-rays , including a bone scan CT or MRI scan Hormone level studies Pituit...
Current research is confirming what biblical wisdom told us centuries ago – that laughter is good for us. Proverbs 17:22 observed, “A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.” You know that laughing makes you feel better emotionally, but now scientific studies are also revealing positive physiological effects. Laughter: Reduces pain by triggering the pituitary gland to secrete endorphins, a natural painkiller. Stimulates your immune system to fight infection. Gives a feeling of well-being brought on when the endocrine system secretes hormones called catecholamines. Aides brain function by improving circulation and oxygenating your bodies. Improves discernment by stimulating your hypothalamus. Well-known author Norman Cousins was the first to document the physiological benefits of laughter, giving validity to the adage that laughter is the best medicine. In 1964 Cousins was diagnosed with a painful, degenera...
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