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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 […]

Weight Gain Despite Thyroid Treatment May Be Hypothalamic Obesity Disorder

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The research was presented in a poster session by Saad Sakkal, MD at the May 2014 annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). Before we take a look at the research, let’s explain a bit more about the hypothalamus and its impact on weight and metabolism. What is The Hypothalamus? Your hypothalamus is an almond-sized part of the brain that connects your nervous system to your endocrine system, with your pituitary gland acting as a go-between. The job of the hypothalamus is to release hormones that then cause the pituitary gland to release (or stop releasing) pituitary hormones. This hormonal process controls the body’s temperature, hunger, thirst, fatigue, sleep cycles, and daily cyclical rhythms. Cells in the hypothalamus take up the inactive form of thyroid hormone T4 (thyroxine), and convert the T4 into the active thyroid hormone, T3 (triiodothyronine.) The T3 then stimulates the production of TSH, […]

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 […]

Fibromyalgia Pain – What is the Criteria?

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Now, according to the ACR, a patient satisfies the diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia if the following three conditions are met: Fibromyalgia pain, as evidenced by a “widespread pain index (WPI)” score of 7 and “symptom severity (SS)” scale score of 5 OR WPI of 3 to 6 and SS scale score of 9. Symptoms present at at a similar level of intensity for at least three months. No other disorders that would explain the pain. The Widespread Pain Index The Widespread Pain Index (WPI) rating looks at the areas where you’ve had pain over the last week. The score will be 0 to 19. Here are the 19 areas evaluated: Shoulder girdle, left Shoulder girdle, right Upper arm, left Upper arm, right Lower arm, left Lower arm, right Hip (buttock), left Hip (buttock), right Upper leg, left Upper leg, right Lower leg, left Lower leg, right Jaw, left Jaw, right […]