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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 ...
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...
For years people with fibromyalgia who are unable to continue working at a full-time job have struggled and worried about whether they would qualify for Social Security Disability. Finally, last week the Social Security Administration issued a ruling providing guidance on how they develop evidence to establish that a person has a medically determinable impairment (MDI) of fibromyalgia, and how they evaluate fibromyalgia in disability claims and continuing disability reviews under titles II and XVI of the Social Security Act. This ruling went into effect on July 25, 2012.
For a complete copy of the ruling, including footnotes, references and a tender point diagram, see Social Security Ruling, SSR 12-2p; Titles II and XVI: Evaluation of Fibromyalgia in the Federal Register. Following is a copy of the core elements of the ruling that I think would be of most interest to people with fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a complex medical condition characterized p...
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