Fibromyalgia

@patgalca (13962)
Orangeville, Ontario
December 7, 2006 9:53pm CST
I have seen discussions on chronic pain and pain medications and depression, but I have never actually seen anyone say anything about fibromyalgia. Does anyone here have fibromyalgia? If you do, how do you cope? Is your family supportive?
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@itsjustmeb (1213)
• Canada
19 Dec 06
I don't know what to suggest about this...one of my friends mother has this, and she goes through constant pain. All I know is keep your chin up, and try not to worry too much about it... (BTW thanks for adding me!)
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
19 Dec 06
Thanks for your support. I was really putting out feelers to see if anyone else on MyLot has fibromyalgia. Funny that no one does. Thanks for accepting me!
@coolcatzz (1589)
• Canada
11 Dec 06
I never knew what Fibromyalgia was until about 7 years ago. I know 4 people who have it and I really feel sorry for them. I can't imagine waking up and wondering if this is going to be a good day or a bad day. I guess all you can do is your best and take any medical help you can get and stay as healthy as you can. Take vitamins and any supplements that may help. Just remember you have to educate people for them to understand what you are going through cause I like many problem didn't know what it was. My heart goes out to you.
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Dec 06
Thanks for your response, CC. ;-) I spend a good portion of my life educating people and am relatively healthy - tired, but healthy.
@swarn47 (1707)
• India
8 Dec 06
What is fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition causing pain, stiffness, and tenderness of the muscles, tendons, and joints. Fibromyalgia is also characterized by restless sleep, awakening feeling tired, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and disturbances in bowel function. Fibromyalgia was formerly known as fibrositis. While fibromyalgia is one of the most common diseases affecting the muscles, its cause is currently unknown. The painful tissues involved are not accompanied by tissue inflammation. Therefore, despite potentially disabling body pain, patients with fibromyalgia do not develop body damage or deformity. Fibromyalgia also does not cause damage to internal body organs. Therefore, fibromyalgia is different from many other rheumatic conditions (such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, and polymyositis). In those diseases, tissue inflammation is the major cause of pain, stiffness and tenderness of the joints, tendons and muscles, and it can lead to joint deformity and damage to the internal organs or muscles. What causes fibromyalgia? The cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Patients experience pain in response to stimuli that are normally not perceived as painful. Researchers have found elevated levels of a nerve chemical signal, called substance P, and nerve growth factor in the spinal fluid of fibromyalgia patients. The brain nerve chemical serotonin is also relatively low in these patients. Studies of pain in fibromyalgia have suggested that the central nervous system (brain) may be somehow supersensitive. Also, patients with fibromyalgia have impaired non-Rapid-Eye-Movement, or non-REM, sleep phase (which likely explains the common feature of waking up fatigued and unrefreshed in these patients). The onset of fibromyalgia has been associated with psychological distress, trauma, and infection. Who does fibromyalgia affect? Fibromyalgia affects predominantly women (over 80 percent) between the ages of 35 and 55. Rarely, fibromyalgia can also affect men, children, and the elderly. It can occur independently, or can be associated with another disease, such as systemic lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. The prevalence of fibromyalgia varies in different countries. In Sweden and Britain, 1 percent of the population is affected by fibromyalgia. In the United States, approximately 2 percent of the population have fibromyalgia. Source: http://www.answers.com/fibromyalgia?initiator=IE7:SearchBox
@patgalca (13962)
• Orangeville, Ontario
8 Dec 06
I know all about fibromyalgia. I HAVE fibromyalgia. I have had it for 10 years. I was asking if anyone else has it and how do they cope. Thanks for all the info. You probably opened a lot of eyes today.
@lovein (345)
• India
10 Dec 06
Please go to good doctor, take some good medicine to eat. If no doctors knows this . Then please eat well and sleep well. Yes- Please change your work what you do now. When you will change your work, every movements,actions that you do now, your feelings will change. If you are not able to do it yourself, go to temple or church depending on your work. Have strong faith on God, Than Your Self.