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Fibromyalgia

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom - Arthur Schopenhauer

Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia has come a long way from being an “it’s all in your head” disorder ascribed to hypochondriacal women to being a disease with a better defined biochemical mechanism, better diagnostic methodology and several recently approved drugs that are being successfully used.

According to the latest research findings, the pain of fibromyalgia isn’t occurring because of direct damage or inflammation. It’s the result of differences in the way the brain and spinal cord process and transmit pain.

To deal with the lack of a definitive diagnostic methodology the tender point test is being replaced with a widespread pain index and a symptom severity scale.

So, if you think you have fibromyalgia…seek treatment early because there’s some evidence that early treatment is most beneficial. Despite being troubling for both you and your doctors, there is hope on the horizon for all those with FM. Don’t give up.


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