Many Fibromyalgia physicians believe there are precipitating factors that lead to the onset of fibromyalgia.
Primary fibromyalgia occurs spontaneously in individuals not suffering from any related or triggering condition. There is no clear cause for “primary fibromyalgia,” but over time the severity of primary fibromyalgia is affected by factors such as sleep deprivation, muscle atrophy, emotional stress, coping style, the weather, and of course, the pain itself. The course tends to be chronic, with unpredictable periods of greater and lesser severity.
Secondary fibromyalgia occurs in patients whose pain was preceded or triggered by another illness, such as arthritis, bursitis, or lupus, or from abnormal structural conditions such as disc tears and herniations, and nerve entrapments. The course and appearance of secondary fibromyalgia is very similar to primary fibromyalgia. The picture is complicated because the patient’s other illness or illnesses continue to cause symptoms and require treatment. It is often a difficult medical challenge to know when a triggering factor, such as a disc herniation, should be addressed surgically or whether other pain control methods should be pursued. A great many patients with fibromyalgia respond poorly to surgery, so it has been suggested by some experts that, for fibromyalgia patients, nonsurgical options should be the first course of action when conditions permit.
Continue reading Are There Precipitating Factors or Events Leading to the Onset of Fibromyalgia?
TMJ three letters that stand for…PAIN. The medical term is Temporomandibular Joint Disorders.
TMD is a musculoskeletal disorder, which means that it affects muscles and bones. Sometimes people refer to TMD as TMJ, the correct term, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is TMD, or temporomandibular disorders. (either term causes pain for those of us who suffer from the condition)
Musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent cause of chronic health problems, disabilities, and health care utilization. They are the second most common reason for restricting activity and consuming medication.
Continue reading Now My Teeth Hurt–No Cavities, It’s Fibromyalgia Related!
Many patients with fibromyalgia don’t think of their feet as an area, that needs special care. But there are common foot problems in fibromyalgia patients. Many of us have:
- Poor mechanical alignment
- Insufficient shock absorption
- Poor weight distribution over the bottom of the foot
But wearing good shoes is one way we can ease the pain. Cushioning is essential for patients with chronic pain. Therefore, don’t get rigid-soled shoes with hard rubber or leather soles. Look for a shoe with adequate cushioning that you can compress with both thumbs. If you can compress the sole with your thumb, the shoe will compress adequately when your heel strikes the ground.
Continue reading Fibromyalgia Foot Pain?
Many of my readers know I have written three books, on fibromyalgia. I am currently working on a new book, and a couple other projects.
Yesterday I interviewed a well known news reporter, who lives with fibromyalgia. I found her interview so close to home, I would like to share it with my readers.
I experienced many years of numerous doctor visits, months of physical therapy, along with the probing and prodding of every part of my body and brain. There were days that I honestly thought that I was on the verge of insanity because nothing was permanently eradicating the excruciating pain and no one could tell me what was happening to my body. I would lie awake at night wondering if my legs would move and allow me to walk or if my shoulders would function so that I could brush my hair, let alone take care of my family and remain employed. The physical and emotional anguish was causing a major disruption in my daily lifestyle.
Continue reading Rebirth of My Life and a Deterrent to the Advancement of Fibromyalgia