Archive for the 'Fibromyalgia' Category

Fibromyalgia and Sleep — Is There a Connection?

Is there a connection between fibromyalgia (FM) and sleep disturbance? Let’s take a look! FM is a condition that causes widespread pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. Patients with FM often experience chronic daytime fatigue and some type of sleep problems like getting to sleep, staying asleep, and/or feeling restored in the morning upon [..]

Fibromyalgia “Diet” – Is There Such a Thing?

Folks suffering with fibromyalgia (FM) commonly complain that certain foods can make their symptoms worse. How common is this? One study reported 42% of FM patients found that certain foods worsened their symptoms! Because FM affects each person differently, there is no ONE FM diet or, “…one size fits all” when it comes to eating [..]

Dietary Strategies to Treat Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common condition that affects about five million Americans, often between ages 20 and 45 years old. FM is very difficult to diagnose primarily because there is no definitive test like there is for heart, liver, or kidney disease. Equally challenging is the ability to effectively treat FM as there are frequently [..]

Can I PREVENT Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a common cause for chronic pain (pain that lasts three or more months) and afflicts 4% of the general population in the United States! FM commonly affects the muscles and soft tissues – not the joints (like arthritis); however, many FM sufferers are mistakenly diagnosed with arthritis, so it may take years [..]

How Are Fibromyalgia Exercises Different?

For some people, fibromyalgia (FM) can make life miserable. In some cases, it can be so bad a person will spend the majority of the day in bed! When FM is this intense, exercises MUST be tailored accordingly – like starting out with exercises that can be done in bed! Initially, you may only be [..]

The “TOP 10” FACTS of Fibromyalgia!

What are the ten most important attributes of fibromyalgia (FM)? Let’s take a look! 1. FM definition: It’s characterized by widespread muscular pain and tenderness (in all four of the body’s quadrants) that’s NOT caused by inflammation or joint damage. 2. FM can be primary or secondary: Secondary FM is caused by something else (often [..]

GREAT Exercises for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic, stubborn condition that many people struggle with – some to the point of being totally disabled from doing the things that are personally fulfilling. In the past, we have discussed how important it is to have a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare providers to help the FM patient manage this relentless [..]

Fibromyalgia – “How Do I Know If I Have It?”

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a condition where widespread generalized pain limits a person's ability to function, sometimes to the point of complete disability. This month, we'll look at identifying markers that may be used to determine whether a patient has FM or not. Chronic pain that arises from the muscles and joints affects nearly 20% of [..]

Fibromyalgia and HOW TO IMPROVE SLEEP!

Last month, we reported some exciting news about the link between fibromyalgia (FM) and the importance of sleep, particularly getting to the deep sleep stage. However, we did not discuss the various strategies that YOU can use to improve your quality of sleep. Let’s take a look! Establishing a consistent and better sleep pattern is [..]

Fibromyalgia and the Importance of Sleep

One of the most frustrating symptoms of fibromyalgia (FM) is the inability to get a good night’s sleep! Recently, at a Harvard-sponsored conference on the subject of pain, it was stated that “…no one should have to live in constant pain with what is known about pain management in this day and age (paraphrased).” Many [..]