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There is still some disagreement among researchers as to the cause of fibromyalgia. There is, however, little disagreement that for the majority of patients, its onset is triggered by some form of trauma. It may be physical trauma to the body in the form of an injury or illness, or it could be an emotional trauma that produces severe, often prolonged, stress. Current research seems to indicate that some people have a genetic predisposition to fibromyalgia , although the symptom s usually do not show up until triggered by one of these traumas. One theory as to the cause of fibromyalgia that is gaining acceptance is that a trauma or significant stressor turns on an individual’s “fight-or-flight” response. Since this response is designed to help the person function in an emergency situation, it usually only lasts a short time and then turns itself off. But when the stress becomes prolonged, the fight-or-flight response gets stuck in the &...
For many years fibromyalgia has been considered something of a mystery, confounding the doctors who are trying to treat it and the patients who have to live with it. Only recently has new technology begun to unravel the truths about this mysterious disorder. As a result of this previous lack of scientific evidence, several myths about fibromyalgia have developed that, unfortunately, are still being repeated today. It’s time to dispel the myths and clarify the facts. 1. Myth: Fibromyalgia is a form of arthritis. Fact: Fibromyalgia is a neurological disease. Although it was once thought that fibromyalgia might be a form of arthritis, research over the past 10+ years has proven that to be false. Arthritis is defined as an inflammation of the joints, but there is no inflammation with FM, nor is there any damage to the joints. A fibromyalgia patient may have a type of arthritis (like osteoar...
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 ...
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