The Challenge of Fibromyalgia

The Challenge of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a recognized medical condition. Effective treatment starts with understanding the array of factors connected to it.

Even though no blood, imaging or other test can confirm a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, it is a real medical condition, afflicting about four million Americans. This chronic pain syndrome causes pain all over the body, fatigue, sleep problems and difficulty with memory and concentration. While there are

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  • Back Pain Treatment

    Joints

    Treating Low Back Pain

    For almost everyone with low back pain, treatment starts conservatively with nondrug therapies.

    For longstanding low back pain, the guidelines suggest exercise (guided by a physical therapist), acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, tai chi, yoga, progressive relaxation, cognitive behavioral therapy, spinal manipulation and other such modalities. The authors...

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  • Hand Nerve

    Pain Management

    Hand Pain May Be Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

    Often occurring for unknown reasons, carpal tunnel syndrome is best addressed early.

    Pain and numbness in your wrist and hand may be a sign of arthritis, but it could also be carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The classic symptom that separates CTS from arthritis is waking up at night with numbness and tingling mainly in the thumb and index and ring fingers, but not the...

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  • Walking with rollator

    Prevention

    Stop Worrying and Start Walking

    There’s no doubt that movement helps joints. But pain, weakness and fear of falling may get in the way of being physically active. If that happens, consider getting some support—from a cane, walker or rollator. People with osteoarthritis, which is the wearing away of the...

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  • Joint replacement surgery

    Medications

    Medication Management during Hip and Knee Replacement

    Choosing the right time for surgery can lower the chances of postoperative infections.

    Total hip or knee replacement surgery can be life-changing for many people with severe arthritis, allowing them to return to a high level of function free of pain. But for people with rheumatoid arthritis or another form of inflammatory arthritis (rather than osteoarthritis), there...

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  • TaiChi Women

    Research

    In the News: June 2017

    he prevalence of arthritis among adults in the United States is growing, according to new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the monthly report Vital Signs (March 2017). Using data from the 2013 to 2015 National Health Interview Study, the CDC...

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  • Dr. Steven Maschke

    Exercise & Prevention

    Hand Arthritis & Swimming for Exercise

    Both osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect the joints in the hands, but usually in a different distribution. OA develops when the cushioning cartilage that covers the ends of bones at the joints deteriorates, leading to pain and stiffness. RA is an autoimmune...

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  • Arthritis Advisor June 2017

    Bones

    Download the Full June 2017 Issue PDF

    lasting less than 12 weeks the ACP recommends nondrug treatments, such as application of heat, massage, acupuncture or, possibly, spinal manipulation by a chiropractor or osteopathic physician. If this is not successful, you can add medications such as nonsteroidal...

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