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5 Crucial Issues Many Fibromyalgia Patients Face

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Originally Posted May 2014Updated June 2019 As part of the awareness effort, it’s important to know the various criteria, including assessment of pain levels. But the changing way the pain of fibromyalgia is assessed/diagnosed is just a part of the challenges that frustrate fibromyalgia sufferers. There are actually five crucial issues that frustrate many fibromyalgia patients. 1. The Myth That Fibromyalgia is a “Somatoform Disorder” — aka, “All In Your Head” One of the key challenges fibromyalgia sufferers face is the pervasive myth among the media, some medical professionals, and some friends and family that fibromyalgia is not a “real” disease, and is instead a “somatoform disorder,” — medicalspeak for “all in your head” or psychosomatic. When some doctors assume that fibromyalgia symptoms are evidence of some sort of mental health issue, or they are ill-informed about the symptoms and diagnostic criteria, patients face an uphill battle. Without agreement among […]

5 Crucial Issues Many Fibromyalgia Patients Face – Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

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As part of the awareness effort, it’s important to know the various criteria, including assessment of pain levels. But the changing way the pain of fibromyalgia is assessed diagnosis is just a part of the challenges that frustrate fibromyalgia sufferers. There are actually five crucial issues that frustrate many fibromyalgia patients. 1. The Myth That Fibromyalgia is a “Somatoform Disorder” — aka, “All In Your Head” One of the key challenges fibromyalgia sufferers face is the pervasive myth among the media, some medical professionals, and some friends and family that fibromyalgia is not a “real” disease, and is instead a “somatoform disorder,” — medicalspeak for “all in your head” or psychosomatic. Shockingly, at a recent professional conference, rheumatologists debated the issue of whether fibromyalgia even deserves to be called a disease! When some doctors assume that fibromyalgia symptoms are evidence of some sort of mental health issue, or they are […]

Vitamin D Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain

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The randomized, controlled trial focused on getting the patients to a level between 32 and 48ng/ml for 20 weeks via oral supplements. The levels were reassessed at 5, 13 weeks, 25 weeks, and 24 weeks after supplementation was discontinued. The researchers found that even after supplementation was stopped, the patients experienced a significant reduction in their perceived level of pain. Between weeks 1 and 25 of supplementation, the group being treated had significant improvement in pain, while the placebo group had no improvement. The group being treated also scored better on a questionnaire assessing morning fatigue. The message for patients? While Vitamin D supplementation is not a stand-alone treatment for the full range of fibromyalgia symptoms, it can be a safe and inexpensive option to help with pain and morning fatigue. Source: Wepner, et. al. “Effects of vitamin D on patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: A randomized placebo-controlled trial.” PAIN. February […]

Is it Chronic Fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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“Chronic fatigue” is a symptom, referring to continuing significant fatigue that lasts for months. It can be the result of a variety of ongoing or chronic conditions and illnesses (for example hypothyroidism, multiple sclerosis, anemia), nutritional deficiencies, sleep disorders like apnea, chronic pain, depression, and other health issues. Ongoing fatigue lasting at least six months is a characteristic symptom of CFS, but according to the Centers for Disease Control, in CFS, the fatigue is typically more severe, and accompanied by other symptoms, including: increased malaise (extreme exhaustion and sickness) following physical activity or mental exertion problems with sleep difficulties with memory and concentration persistent muscle pain joint pain (without redness or swelling) headache tender lymph nodes in the neck or armpit sore throat Other symptoms common in CFS include: brain fog (feeling like you’re in a mental fog), poor concentration difficulty maintaining an upright position, dizziness, balance problems or fainting […]

Fatigue And Sexual Desire: Too Fatigued To Get Frisky?

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There is no single solution to the problem of lack of sex because of fatigue. But getting to the root of your problems and imbalances and solving those, as well as trying new things and being creative, will also bring your sexual desire back! There are some important aspects to consider, that will help you enjoy your sexuality while dealing with fatigue. Hormonal Balancing The easy, relaxed lifestyle experienced by our ancestors no longer exists, and we are not even aware of how much stress we are under. The reality is that our lifestyles have changed, but our bodies haven’t. Adrenal insufficiency affects a high number of women and men living in a modern society and many times it can not be addressed with a healthy diet and exercise alone. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress, with customized prescriptions that fit your body chemistry. […]