Condition: Fibromyalgia

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About Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia (also known as Fibromyalgia Syndrome, or FS), is a condition that is characterized by chronic, widespread pain in the muscles and connective tissue (a myofascial pain syndrome). A distinctive characteristic of the condition is heightened pain when tactile pressure is applied to nine defined pressure points along the body.
People with fibromyalgia may suffer from debilitating fatigue, joint stiffness, trouble swallowing, and bowel and bladder abnormalities. Fibromyalgia often occurs in conjunction with psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). There is no proven scientific cause for fibromyalgia. Some tests have shown abnormalities in the central nervous system. Thus there is debate as to whether the condition is either musculoskeletal or neuropsychiatric in nature. However, not everyone has the same fibromyalgia symptoms and there are no defined diagnostic tests to diagnose the disorder. Women are diagnosed with fibromyalgia nine times more often than men. In general, fibromyalgia treatments include both medication and self-care. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health.
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Bad symptoms didnt like the fatigue4/13/2019 at 11:57 PM
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bad symptoms too doped up4/13/2019 at 11:56 PM
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Drowsiness couldnt get past it4/13/2019 at 11:49 PM
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All the time, but different degrees, from a high pitch to low at times.2/25/2019 at 02:34 AM
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Eye pain, halos from lights day and night driving. My eyes are so light sensitive, if I look at a light colored object, when I turn away I still see the image for 5 to 10 seconds, its like when you look at the sun then turn away. I have double vision, and losing my eyes site, but no specialist cant find anything wrong. I have every system for Fuchs corneal dystrophy, but my cell count is in the normal range.2/25/2019 at 02:33 AM
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Old medicines sometimes work better than newer ones9/6/2010
Duragesic has been a God send for me. I was on Lorcet 10/650 4x a day and Ultram 50 4x a day, but it caused a lot of stomach upset and wore off too soon and it seemed I was constantly popping pills. With Duragesic I get constant pain relief. Ive been on 50mcg for 4 years. There is no high feeling, just relief from my chronic pain for 3 days without having to worry about having pills with me at all times. I do occasionally still get breakthrough pain(usually on the 3rd day) which I take Ultram 50 up to 4x a day to help control. I take a fiber supplement to help control the constipation, which works as long as I am consistant in taking it. I tried the generic patches for a couple months but they only lasted 2 days for me. The first day I felt high on them, then, not much pain relief and sort of awithdrawal feeling on the 3rd day. So I went back to the brand, this medicine has given me more freedom in my daily life; I dont know how I ever existed without it.9/5/2008
This medicine gives me quality of life over quantity. That is because my dose is so very high. I have chosen to live shorter over no life at all. I am the exception to normal dosing. I get 5 hours sleep a night b/c of this medicine that is a great respite to me.9/30/2010
First med that I have tried (out of many over the past 10 years) that actually took away the fibromyalgia pain. It fixed moderate bradykinesia and stiffness. It seems to have helped flagging memory and cognition to some degree. It also seems to have enhanced stress tolerance and boosted low self-confidence. I think it is important to not take too high of a dose - increment and wait until your system has adapted to current dose before incrementing again. Avoid eating protein within an hour of taking the pill.9/30/2010
After 4 months on patch I am still in shock that this tiny patch could actually help my chronic horrific pain. Its like a new lease on life. Im wondering if other people get extremely tired and have to nap too. I have also lost at least 10 pounds from the loss of appetite. Has anyone else had the same effect? I just wish I wasnt so tired however it is so much better to be tired then to be in constant unbearable pain that no pill aleviates.9/27/2006

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