Finding Out Whether You Have Fibromyalgia

The 5th Wave By Rich Tennant

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/f you think that you're alone with your fibromyalgia, well, think again! About 6 million people in the United States (mostly women, but also some men) and millions more worldwide know exactly what you're going through Who are these people? I'm glad you asked that question because that's the subject of Chapter 5, where I describe patterns found among people most likely to suffer from fibromyalgia.

Part II is about discovering whether you have fibromyalgia, and part of that process is ruling out medical problems that may be impostors for your real problem of fibromyalgia. These conditions include chronic fatigue syndrome, myofascial pain syndrome, thyroid disease, forms of arthritis, and a few other illnesses that may surprise you, such as Lyme disease, lupus, and Raynaud's phenomenon (all discussed in Chapter 6). Then I move into diagnosing fibromyalgia. A good doctor is crucial to diagnosing and treating fibromyalgia, and I discuss the important role that doctors play in Chapter 7. I also offer advice on working with your regular doctor and, if that doesn't work, finding a new doc. Then I cover what actually happens (or should happen) during your physical exam to find out whether you have fibromyalgia.

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