Could we have fibromyalgia??

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Could we have fibromyalgia??

Postby Nole on February 28th, 2004, 9:23 am

I have muscle aches and pains from time to time and headaches, not severe but annoying and they cause fatigue. Right now, after a week of intense stress, I am suffering from back and leg aches that feel warm and tingly at times. I did some research on fibromyalgia because I know BFS and FMS can be correlated and I was surprised to see how many symptoms we suffer from are categorized as FMS, including muscle twitching. I found it very interesting, any thoughts on this?? Could some of use actually be suffering from FMS?? The good thing is, both FMS and BFS are benign conditions. :lol:
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Postby garym on February 28th, 2004, 10:42 am

Nole,

I think many of us could be suffering from FM. I was examined by rheumy who said I meet the criteria for the dx., but he said fascics were not part of FM. For that reason he couldn't definitively dx FM. I have seen him several times and he continues to say FM, "if the fascis weren't present". All the literature he has given me has said nothing about fascics, but I have found a lot on the web that do. It is difficult to know what is right. The main thing he stressed to me was that I get the proper amount of sleep. He claims that is the most critical component for the treatment of FM. I've tried several different NSAID's that he has rx'd and none have really helped. The best thing I've found so far is neurontin. It really seems to help with pain.

Finally, I do think many on this board could have FM, either as a cause or a by-product of BFS. The stress (IMHO) related to BFS could be enough to cause a condition like FM. Who knows for sure, did the chicken come before the egg?

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Postby Arron on March 4th, 2004, 3:46 pm

Many doctors have said that Fibro and BFS are one in the same, or at least, closely related.

It was said on this site and other's as well, in the past that if a person with the same BFS like symptoms saw a neuro, he would say you have BFS, and if you go see a muscle specialist, they will say you have Fibro.

Either way, BOTH are strange, yet BENIGN conditions, so whether they are, or are not one in the same (or even related), it doesn't really matter because there is no "cure" for either one, and in either case, benign is benign.
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Postby StayingAboveIt on March 4th, 2004, 6:16 pm

Arron wrote: it doesn't really matter because there is no "cure" for either one, and in either case, benign is benign.


Benign is wonderful! I just thought that was worth saying...

Although these conditions can be annoying...it is not cancer, it is not AIDs...etc
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Postby Arron on March 5th, 2004, 6:17 pm

Oh, of course it was worth saying :-) I just wanted to point-out that some doctors say Fibro and BFS are one in the same, and if not, at least very closely related. And to not dwell on it too much 'cause although these are annoying and sometimes even painful conditions, we ain't gonna die from them :-)

Hope you're doing well...
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