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 Looking for a person interested in leading up our Fibromyalgia Support Group: if   

  interested call Gary DuPriest at 434-942-7682.



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 rheumatiod arthritis, systematic lupus, and polymyostis). 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 are symptoms of fibromyalgia?


The universal symptom of fibromyalgia is pain. As mentioned earlier, the pain in fibromyalgia is not caused by tissue inflammation. Instead, these patients seem to have an increased sensitivity to many different sensory stimuli and an unusually low pain threshold. Minor sensory stimuli that ordinarily would not cause pain in individuals can cause disabling, sometimes severe pain in patients with fibromyalgia. The body pain of fibromyalgia can be aggravated by noise, weather change, and emotional stress.

The pain of fibromyalgia is generally widespread, involving both sides of the body. Pain usually affects the neck, buttocks, shoulders, arms, the upper back, and the chest. "Tender points" are localized tender areas of the body that can bring on widespread pain and muscle spasm when touched. Tender points, or pressure points, are commonly found around the elbows, shoulders, knees, hips, back of the head, and the sides of the breastbone.

Fibromyalgia Illustration - Tender Points of Fibromyalgia

Fatigue occurs in 90% of patients. Fatigue may be related to abnormal sleep patterns commonly observed in these patients. Normally, there are several levels of depth of sleep. Getting enough of the deeper levels of sleep may be more important in refreshing a person than the total number of hours of sleep. Patients with fibromyalgia lack the deep, restorative level of sleep, called "non-rapid-eye-movement" (non-REM) sleep. Consequently, patients with fibromyalgia often awaken in the morning without feeling fully rested. Some patients awaken with muscle aches or a sensation of muscle fatigue as if they had been "working out" all night!

Mental and/or emotional disturbances occur in over half of fibromyalgia patients. These symptoms include poor concentration, forgetfulness, mood changes, irritability, depression, and anxiety. Since a firm diagnosis of fibromyalgia is difficult, and no confirmatory laboratory tests are available, patients with fibromyalgia are often misdiagnosed as having depression as their primary underlying problem.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include migraine and tension headaches, numbness or tingling of different parts of the body, abdominal pain related to irritable bowel syndrome ("spastic colon"), and irritable bladder, causing painful and frequent urination. Like fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome can cause chronic abdominal pain and other bowel disturbances without detectable inflammation of the stomach or the intestines.

Each patient with fibromyalgia is unique. Any of the above symptoms can occur intermittently and in different combinations.


Friday, January 30, 2009

1. *New FDA Approval*:* *The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved
Savella™ (milnacipran) for the management of fibromyalgia. The medication
has demonstrated significant improvements in multiple aspects of
fibromyalgia, including pain, patient global assessment and physical
function. Savella is the third FDA-approved drug for the treatment of
fibromyalgia. The FDA approved Lyrica (pregabalin) in June 2007 and Cymbalta
(duloxetine HCl) was approved in June 2008. *Click

2. *It's FREE to Join!* Fibromyalgia Social Network Forum: Send your questions to Randy about the unique challenges faced by men with fibromyalgia; let Jan know about any fibromyalgia-friendly diets that you have tried; chat with Phyllis about your experience with alternative therapies; or start your own dialogue with others. The NFA now offers direct access to an online fibromyalgia community. *Click
http://www.fmaware.org/site/R?i=imwtSCAiXN9-qpJ8M7Qf_w..>* to learn more

3. *Reactions to New Membership Program*: Hundreds of individuals have signed-up for the NFA's new online membership program. Thank you for your support! For those who still have questions or concerns about the
program, *click here <

4. *FM Healthcare Professionals Honored*: *Click
http://www.fmaware.org/site/R?i=3NTDHaUpQYnhPZNXCU37zw..>for an
announcement on the winners of the "Helping Hands: Making a
Difference in Fibromyalgia" Awards.

5. *Getting Ready to Move?* Sherri Blackinton, of Arizona, shares her experience with moving and adjusting to a new neighborhood while simultaneously trying to manage her fibromyalgia symptoms. *Click here*<
http://www.fmaware.org/site/R?i=tCO-axrlniPKAxZBPcP1xQ..>to read our newest Member Spotlight.

6. *Physician Education*: More than 250 healthcare professionals have registered/participated in the Fibromyalgia Assessment, Management and Education (FAME) Project, an online continuing medical education program developed by the National Fibromyalgia Association and California State University, Fullerton. The program, which provides healthcare professionals with accurate fibromyalgia information, recently received accreditation from Commission on Rehabilitation Counselors Certification. In all, the program has been approved for CME/CE credits by seven highly regarded organizations, including the American Academy of Family Physicians.

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