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The Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that the medical community has long had difficulty defining. As stated last month, FM is often considered a “musculoskeletal disorder” (MSK) because of the aches and pains it produces in the muscles and joints. However, this is not really accurate since FM includes many other symptoms beyond just severe muscle [..]

Fibromyalgia: The Top 10 Most Common Signs

Fibromyalgia (FM) causes widespread pain to an estimated 5.8 million Americans. FM is considered a “musculoskeletal disorder” even though many of the symptoms include other systems, especially the gastrointestinal system, as conditions such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) often co-exist. It is thought that FM is a disorder that amplifies the manner in which the [..]

Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D Deficiency

Utilizing dietary approaches to help with fibromyalgia (FM) management has been our main topic these past two issues and serves as GREAT background information for this month’s topic: Vitamin D and its role in the management of pain associated with FM. Let’s take a look! Vitamin D is found in foods such as fish, eggs, [..]

Fibromyalgia: Dietary Considerations (Part 2)

Fibromyalgia (FM) management requires a multi-dimensional approach, of which nutrition plays a BIG role. Last month, we discussed the importance of keeping an accurate food journal and grading the reaction that certain foods, vitamins, herbs, etc. have on you. This month, let's discuss the nutritional use of probiotics. Probiotics can be defined as the “good [..]

Fibromyalgia: Dietary Considerations (Part 1)

For many sufferers, Fibromyalgia (FM) is equivalent to fatigue and muscle pain. Though there are MANY symptoms associated with FM, these two are standouts! The topic this month centers around diet and its role in the management of FM. Last month, we discussed the importance of exercise (particularly walking), and prior topics have focused on [..]

Fibromyalgia: Exercise is “Key”

Fibromyalgia (FM) is now considered a central nervous system (CNS) disorder rather than a musculoskeletal condition. FM is managed best from a balance of different approaches including chiropractic adjustments, soft tissue therapies, modalities, exercise, diet, supplementation, sticking to a schedule, taking naps, stress management, cognitive behavioral therapy, and more. Common symptoms of FM include chronic [..]

Fibromyalgia: Do I or Don’t I Have It?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most common types of chronic pain disorders with an estimated five million sufferers in the United States alone. A “hallmark” of FM is the difficulty its sufferers have in describing their symptoms. When asked, “…what type of pain do you feel?,” the response is often delivered with uncertainty such [..]

Fibromyalgia “(More) Facts”

Fibromyalgia (FM) has been described as being a “myth” as well as “real” (and probably everything in between the two). This is a VERY controversial disorder that some doctors push under the rug by saying, “….there is no such thing,” while others stake their reputation on it. So with this wide variance in attitude and [..]

Fibromyalgia in Men?

Fibromyalgia (FM) can’t occur in men because it’s a woman’s disease, right? In fact, if a man claims to have FM, then he is simply lying (probably just trying to get out of working and/or on disability), right? Unfortunately, that's what MANY people (and even some doctors) believe! Though it is true that FM is [..]

Fibromyalgia – It's Hard to Explain!

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition that typically has a slow, gradual onset that starts out mild and gradually worsens. The symptoms associated with FM include generalized pain all over the body (above and below the waist including neck, shoulders, chest, upper back, arms, hips, buttocks, legs, and feet). The pain can be symmetrical or more [..]