Do You Have Fibromyalgia A Self Test

Only your physician can diagnose you with fibromyalgia and then treat you. Reading this book is a very good idea, but it still doesn't really cut it when it comes to making an actual diagnosis in your own individual case. What I can give you is a simple self-test to use to help you determine if you may have fibromyalgia syndrome. Grab a scratch piece of paper and jot down your answers to the following yes or no questions. Then, read my analysis at the end of the list. If you think that you may...

Weighing the pros and cons of biofeedback therapy

As you may expect, biofeedback therapy has both benefits and liabilities. Let me start with the bad news 1 Your health-insurance company may not provide coverage, so the sessions can be pricey. 1 Identifying a trained professional who has the equipment and who is competent to provide the therapy may be difficult. 1 The therapy takes time. Biofeedback improvements may not occur in the first few sessions, and it may take longer than you'd like before you see any results not a good thing if you're...

Studying Chemical Imbalances

Research has shown that, among people with fibromyalgia, some important body chemicals are significantly lower than normal, while others are significantly higher. For example, a 2006 study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research compared the levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in people with FMS and people without fibromyalgia. (BDNF is a protein in the central nervous system.) The researchers found that BDNF concentrations in the blood were significantly higher in the...

Looking at types of trauma that may cause fibromyalgia

What kinds of physical trauma may trigger fibromyalgia The syndrome can result from an injury due to a car crash, or it may stem from a serious accidental injury that happened at work. Even a major slip and fall causing an injury can be enough to produce the symptoms of fibromyalgia in some people. For other individuals, a medical crisis or surgery may trigger the development of FMS. A medical crisis is something like a severe infection, surgery, or diabetic crisis. No one knows how often...

Dealing with dextromethorphan

Some studies have researched whether taking regular doses of dextromethorphan, an anticough medication, could help some people cope more effectively with their symptoms of fibromyalgia. Some researchers who've studied dextromethorphan, such as Dr. Robert Bennett, a prominent rheumatologist, initially found that low levels of dextromethorphan were ineffective in subjects with fibromyalgia. However, when the dosage of dextromethorphan was increased, the research subjects reported that their pain...