Tag Archives: pain management

Fibromyalgia Symptoms

Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Tender points are specific places on the body—on the neck, …

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Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Acupuncture can help to help Fibromylagia patients by treating the body as a whole and targetting the possible . Acupuncture, originating in ancient China, uses very fine needles to treat various “systems of function”. The acupuncture practitioner uses points to treat meridians (or pathways) throughout your body and restoring the …

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Massage for Fibromyalgia

Research shows that massage therapy is effective for managing and relieving acute and chronic pain. Hospitals and physicians are starting to incorporate massage therapy into pain management programs. Massage can reduce or eliminiate the need for prescription drugs for pain relief. Massage therapy helps your body to relax and alleviates …

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Fibromyalgia Medications

Possibly the most useful medications for fibromyalgia are several antidepressants. Antidepressants elevate the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin and norepinephrine (which was formerly called adrenaline). Low levels of these chemicals are associated not only with depression, but also with pain and fatigue. Increasing the levels of …

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Fibromyalgia Glossary

Adrenal glands—A pair of endocrine glands located on the surface of the kidneys. The adrenal glands produce corticosteroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and the reproductive hormones. Arthritis—Literally means joint inflammation, but is often used to indicate a group of more than 100 rheumatic diseases. These diseases affect not only …

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Fibromyalgia Tender Points

The American College of Rheumatology has designated 18 sites on the body as possible tender points. For a fibromyalgia diagnosis, a person must have 11 or more tender points. One of these predesignated sites is considered a true tender point only if the person feels pain upon the application of …

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Fibromyalgia Treatment

Treatment of Fibromyalgia can be difficult. Many doctors are not familiar with fibromyalgia treatment. It is important to find a doctor that has experience and knowledge of successful fibromyalgia treatment. Many rheumatologists, general internists, or family physicians can treat fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia treatment often requires a team approach, with your physician, …

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