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Fibromyalgia/Chronic Pain

This severe impairment is characterized by fatigue; pain in the muscles, tendons, and ligamanets; swelling; exacerbating by weather or activity or stress; poor sleep; headaches; irritable bowel; numbness in hands or feet; anxiety and depression.

This condition may arise from an injury or seem to begin almost spontaneously. It can be associated with other conditions such as arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disase, or other illness. It is identified by certain signs and symptoms. It is not progressive and does not damage or deform joints nor does it include inflammation. It is recognized by tenderness in 11 of 18 triggerpoints or specific points in the body. There is disrupted and disturbed sleep. Most sufferers have mood changes, headaches, abdominal pains, alternating constipation and diarrhea, urinary urgency, senstivity to temperature, tingling over the body. A rheumatologist is the appropriate doctor to consult. You may benefit from contacting the Arthritis Foundation.

Help can be found from reducing stress, getting out in the sunlight, sleeping when you can as much as you can, massage helps, many forms of therapy both physical and counselling can help, heat or cold packs may offer comfort, rest. Most important, be kind to yourself. The kinder and gentler you are with yourself, the sooner you may begin to improve.

For additional information, you also may find the Fibromyalgia Nework to be helpful.

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