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Fibromyalgia - What is it...

Fibromyalgia is a soft-tissue syndrome characterized by widespread chronic musculoskeletal pain, morning stiffness, poor sleep and fatigue. Other symptoms can include anxiety, depression, headache, numbness or tingling, and irritable bowel syndrome.

In the past, fibromyalgia has also been called rheumatism, fibrositis and fibromyositis. Fibromyalgia is thought to affect about 2 percent of the U.S. population or about 3.7 million people. It is more common in women, especially those older than the age of 50. The prevalence of fibromyalgia also increases with age, rising to 7.4 percent of women aged 70-79 years. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is made based upon the patient's symptoms. Although its cause is unknown, fibromyalgia may be triggered by physical or mental stress, inadequate sleep, an injury, exposure to dampness or cold, certain infections, and occasionally by rheumatoid arthritis or related disorders.

There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, and no drugs have been specifically developed for its treatment. However, a few existing drug treatments can produce improvement in 30-50 percent of patients with this disorder.

Goals of treatment include pain relief along with improved sleep, depression and energy levels. Medications commonly used for this condition include antidepressants, cyclobenzaprine (a muscle relaxant), ondansetron (an anti-nausea drug), corticosteroids like prednisone, sedatives to help sleep, pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol), NSAIDS (like ibuprofen and others), or tramadol (Ultram), and injections with lidocaine, an anesthetic agent. Herbal supplements have show to improve symptoms also. In addition, non-drug treatments like cardiovascular fitness training, biofeedback training, and behavioral therapy may be beneficial in some patients with fibromyalgia.

This article was wrote by Richard Hoffmann....Pharmacist in our area
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I have a mild case of Fibromyalgia and here are the supplements that help me to keep the pain down to - well - its gone actually. Two Tranquell , two Cytopro and one Flexezy with a 32oz glass of water with my breakfast. Before bed I take two more Tranquell, one more Flexezy and 3mg of Melatonin. Works great!!! I also drink 3 to 4 quarts of filtered water daily since our muscles/body is made up of 70% water.....I find that Yoga helps too :)

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