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.
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The Pursuit of a Thyroid Medication
A few years after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis — an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. I was now hypothyroid, for which the standard treatment is Synthroid. Synthroid ordinarily works like a charm. But not on me.
I was eager to start treatment; but, within five minutes of the first dose, I had a terrible reaction. My endocrinologist assumed I was having a reaction to the inert ingredients, fillers, or dyes in the medication. He suggested I try another synthetic thyroid medication. I followed his directions and experienced the same symptoms.
The doctor could not explain this, and informed me that, in his many years of practice, he had never had a patient experience this phenomenon.
I was now worse off, experiencing the symptoms of severe hypothyroidism without any prospect of treatment with accepted medication.
Continue reading My Thyroid Medication is Making Me Worse–Not Better!!
If you have fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, visual problems aren’t our primary concern. In fact, they aren’t a normal consequence of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome. But they can arise as bothersome secondary problems that need special attention. I find my eye’s tend to bother me from:
- stress and fatigue of the syndrome
- complications of the various treatment options
Although no studies confirm a relationship between dry eye disease and fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, I experience dry-eye symptoms. I am finding this leads to cloudy & unhealthy eyes & poor vision.
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The Emotional Component of Chronic Pain, is very real. If you are a patient, spouse, or child of someone with chronic pain if effects your life. And it is very difficult, this video will help you and your family understand living with chronic pain.
Cassius DeFlon, MD, William Beaumont Hospital, MI, and Leon Rubenfaer, MD- Providence Hospital, MI share advice with patients, spouses and children.
Please share your comments with us, on the video.
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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!