What is fibromyalgia and what causes it?

What is fibromyalgia and what causes it?

There are 117 comments on the CNN story from Jan 28, 2009, titled What is fibromyalgia and what causes it?. In it, CNN reports that:

What is fibromyalgia and what causes it? Asked by Alicia C., COLUMBUS, Ohio What is fibromyalgia? What causes fibromyalgia? Can it effectively be treated without prescription drugs? What is the difference ...

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all in your head

Dexter, MO

#112 Apr 18, 2013
Sorry, but no scan, X-ray, test or lab is available to diagnose "fibromyalgia", little if any research is done on it. It's not a real disease! It rates right up there with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is a bogus diagnosis too! I'm sorry to inform you but some Drs may be compassionate to your face but they all think fibro is a made up disease that they slap you with when there is simy nothing wrong with you except that you are pill seeking, whining, lazy, overweight & hypochondriacs! I know I'm a nurse & we all pretty much think the same thing too!!
Dr Girlfriend

United States

#113 Apr 18, 2013
all in your head wrote:
Sorry, but no scan, X-ray, test or lab is available to diagnose "fibromyalgia", little if any research is done on it. It's not a real disease! It rates right up there with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which is a bogus diagnosis too! I'm sorry to inform you but some Drs may be compassionate to your face but they all think fibro is a made up disease that they slap you with when there is simy nothing wrong with you except that you are pill seeking, whining, lazy, overweight & hypochondriacs! I know I'm a nurse & we all pretty much think the same thing too!!
You're not only an ignorant nurse, but a terrible person in general. Don't speak for anyone in the medical community but yourself.
Most people with fibro aren't given narcotics. They also don't work for most with fibro pain. People don't go seeking Lyrica and Cymbalta because they're such great party drugs and a blast to take.
So many other conditions are mistaken for fibromyalgia. It's disgusting. It's just a lot easier for doctors to tell people it's fibro, and that they don't deal with it, then send them to see someone else. A lot of the time it's not the doctors fault, but the systems fault for having the doctors see so many people for only 15 minutes each.
I'm very anti obesity, for so many reasons. Sadly it's a hell of a lot easier for someone overweight/obese to be told they hurt because they have fibromyalgia than it is to tell them it's because they're too damn heavy. There's a lot going on with discrimination against fat people. I personally find it pathetic. I could rant a lot about this subject, but won't. Anyway, fibro happens to many active, fit, people with healthy weights. They do their best to stay active for multiple reasons. It's really bad for people with fibro to sit around. It makes things worse. Most people aren't able to sit around even if they want to.
There's a lot of info out there and research being done on this disease. Go learn something.
all in your head

Dexter, MO

#114 Apr 19, 2013
Dr Girlfriend wrote:
<quoted text>You're not only an ignorant nurse, but a terrible person in general. Don't speak for anyone in the medical community but yourself.
Most people with fibro aren't given narcotics. They also don't work for most with fibro pain. People don't go seeking Lyrica and Cymbalta because they're such great party drugs and a blast to take.
So many other conditions are mistaken for fibromyalgia. It's disgusting. It's just a lot easier for doctors to tell people it's fibro, and that they don't deal with it, then send them to see someone else. A lot of the time it's not the doctors fault, but the systems fault for having the doctors see so many people for only 15 minutes each.
I'm very anti obesity, for so many reasons. Sadly it's a hell of a lot easier for someone overweight/obese to be told they hurt because they have fibromyalgia than it is to tell them it's because they're too damn heavy. There's a lot going on with discrimination against fat people. I personally find it pathetic. I could rant a lot about this subject, but won't. Anyway, fibro happens to many active, fit, people with healthy weights. They do their best to stay active for multiple reasons. It's really bad for people with fibro to sit around. It makes things worse. Most people aren't able to sit around even if they want to.
There's a lot of info out there and research being done on this disease. Go learn something.
I highly doubt you're a physician by the way you write & your limited vocabulary. I never said anything specifically about narcotics, you did. However, they are on the list of meds many "fibro" patients ask for & take, along with anxiolytics, sleep aids, stimulants, etc. If you were a REAL healthcare professional, you'd understand that Lyrica has a high risk for abuse as well. The majority of "fibro" patients are not active & this unfortunately leads to being overweight & inactive. I'd love to quote you a study, however since the vast majority of the medical community doesn't buy into the fibromyalgia farce, there isn't much real research done. In addition, there aren't drugs developed specifically for this "ailment" because Drs are not pushing for their development because again, they don't buy into the fibro-farce! Come on, no tests, scans, labs, no objective signs, only subjective symptoms, nothing tangible to support disease claims=no real disease!
Dolly

United States

#116 Apr 19, 2013
Any drug has the risk for abuse. People see a pill (or sometimes liquid) and will take a bunch in hopes of getting high. Doesn't matter what it is.
Vaccines Cause Fibro

Winnipeg, Canada

#117 Apr 19, 2013
FBOMBER wrote:
Some good reading
Dillon

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all in your head

United States

#122 May 24, 2013
truthful wrote:
<quoted text>Look jerk off! I know what pain is!! If fibromyalgia is the name they give to it then so be it. Maybe it's something else ? But don't act like its a joke! When your entire body hurts and you have headaches all day everyday, you would understand. As a nurse you should know there are silent killers. Things people feel that you don't look at them and see. Is arthritis bogus as well? I wonder how you'll feel when fibro or arthritis strikes you or someone you love.
Sorry dear, but arthritis (rheumatoid) can be detected in a serum RA test, you can see the inflammation & swelling (rheumatoid & osteoarthritis) both visually & on radiology films. It IS a real recognized disease. There are many real diseases/illnesses that healthcare professionals can't tell just by looking. Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, Crohn's, Multiple Sclerosis, etc. but there are labs, tests & objective signs/symptoms found in an exam. Sorry dear, that you don't like what I'm saying, but I assure you my colleagues (RNs & physicians) all feel the same...it's a bogus diagnosis that's only given when people like you persist with your psychosomatic symptoms & insist on a "diagnosis"!
all in your head

United States

#124 May 24, 2013
truthful wrote:
<quoted text>I never insisted on anything!!! I went to my dr with my symptoms who then sent me to see a rhumetologist who at that time diagnosed me with both RA AND FIBROMAYALGIA! I was not looking for anything but an answer to my pain. Not pills, not anything else. I'm already on disability and yes I do have problems with depression. I have since I was 14 years old. But trust me " dear " the pain is very real, and very painful. I didn't ask for the name she put with it, that's what she told me and the meds she gave me hadn't relieved it. So what is it you think fibro patients have to gain?
What does the medical community think "fibro" patients have to gain? Access to pain meds, anxiolytics, attention, sympathy & a "pass" on doing things they don't like or want to do, such as cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, yard work. Many want a physicians excuse to get them out of work & some have the gall to ask for disability! Don't get angry at me dear for speaking the truth. I assure you the majority of healthcare professionals see this as a bogus diagnosis. Many will not even use it. Some only do to placate the patient.
all in your head

United States

#126 May 26, 2013
truthful wrote:
<quoted text>That's absolutely ridiculous. If that's anywhere near the truth then the whole medical field is bogus! I want real answers to my pain. If its not called FIBROMAYALGIA then I want to know what it really is and what needs to be done so I can feel better. I don't want drugs or sympathy.
I do cook and clean and I do my own grocery shopping thank you very much. Yes there are some days I don't feel well enough to get up and do much of anything but I don't bother anyone to do anything for me. So I still don't see what's bogus. If the drs have given me a bad diagnosis just for the hell of it then I think myself along with many others need to band together and file a huge lawsuit.
Of course the "fibro farce" doesn't make the whole medical field bogus! How absurd! Healthcare professionals just LOVE it when uninformed patients throw out the "I'll sue" phrase. It ALWAYS makes us want to take great care of you!
<sarcasm>
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#139 Oct 22, 2013
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Since: Oct 13

Latham, NY

#140 Nov 6, 2013
Lower levels of a brain neurotransmitter called serotonin leads to lowered pain thresholds or an increased sensitivity to pain. It's associated with a calming, anxiety-reducing reaction. The lowered pain thresholds in Fibromyalgia patients may be caused by the reduced effectiveness of the body's natural endorphin painkillers and the increased presence of a chemical called "substance P." Substance P amplifies pain signals.

There have been some studies that link Fibromyalgia to sudden trauma to the brain and spinal cord. Keep in mind, though, theories about what causes Fibromyalgia are merely speculative.

Since: Dec 11

San Jose, CA

#141 Mar 3, 2014
New research is saying that, those who suffer from chronic widespread pain and Fibromyalgia often say they are unable to get a good night’s sleep. Accompanying this complaint are numerous symptoms such as physical weakness, anxiety and depression. Poor sleep symptoms may include being unable to get comfortable in bed, frequent waking, heart palpitations, grinding and clenching the teeth, sinus and nasal congestion, acid reflux, and jaw pain.Superdrugsaver's top health experts recommends that patients with fibromyalgia get tested to see whether they are actually suffering from a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea or what is the exact cause of Fibromyalgia in patients. Doctors are often testing for family history of Fibromyalgia or being exposed to stressful or traumatic events such as - car accidents, repetitive injuries, infections, illness etc.

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Since: Feb 14

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#142 Mar 3, 2014
I am also Fighting with Fibromyalgia from last 8 months. it's really painfuk to me.

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