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H ealthy L iving -- pages 50 to 56 To your Health! Timely, helpful, and realistic info you can apply to improve your life through better health! MAY IS FIBROMYALGIA EDUCATION AND AWARENESS MONTH! Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by pain and tenderness throughout the body. Although the condi- tion is often grouped in the same category of disorders as arthritis, it doesn't cause damage to joints, or other tissue. Regardless, patients with fibromyalgia have significant symptoms in their joints and throughout their body. Symptoms of fibromyalgia vary and may include: -Widespread pain (occurring on both sides of the body, above and below the waist) -Fatigue (despite getting enough rest) -Problems with sleep -Morning stiffness, or worsened pain in the morning -Difficulties with memory or concentration ("fibro fog") -Numbness or tingling in the body -Sensitivity to temperature (both hot and cold) -Sensitivity to bright lights or loud noises -Painful menstrual periods in women -Tenderness to touch -Itchy or burning skin -Dry mouth or eyes -Leg cramps -Weakness -Headaches -Stomach cramps or digestive issues -Problems with balance or coordination Fibromyalgia symptoms may fluctuate in intensity, and may improve, or worsen over time. Factors such as stress, changes in weather, too much or too little exercise, and too much or too little rest can affect the severity of your symptoms. Fibromyalgia Trigger Points: Also known as tender points - are areas of the body where pain frequently occurs. People with the disorder of- ten say that these areas hurt when you press on them with a finger. There are 18 identified trigger points (9 pairs) that tend to be painful when pressed. These tender spots are commonly found on both sides of the body around the elbows, shoulders, knees, neck, hips, sides of the breast- bone, and back of the head. Fibromyalgia Diagnosis: Fibromyalgia is some- times difficult to diagnose because many of its symptoms are similar to those of other disorders. You may end up seeing several doctors before getting an accurate diagno- sis. Your healthcare provider will probably have to perform tests to rule out other conditions. While there's no definitive, objective test to help doctors diagnose fibromyalgia, the American College of Rheuma- tology (ACR) has established criteria for identifying the disorder. In the past, doctors would check the 18 trigger points on the body to determine a person's level of pain. Newer guidelines don't call for this kind of exam, but instead sug- gest that doctors should consider a fibromyalgia diagnosis if a patient has: -Widespread pain that lasts longer than three months -Other general physical symptoms of the condition, such as fatigue, waking up unrefreshed, or memory problems It's important to find a doctor who is familiar with fibromyalgia. Many rheumatologists, internists, and family doctors can properly diagnose and treat the disorder. Pine Creek Podiatry 345 East •ΉΡΙ…°Ω•ΉΥ”°Ω₯ΜƒŠˆ€Τάΐ΄άΤΜ΄ΠΜΜΤ)]₯±±₯…΄(ΈM‘±½Ι™˜°Ή@Ή4Έ) ½…ɐ •ΙΡ₯™₯•)΅•Ι₯…Έ½…ɐ½˜@½‘₯…ΡΙ₯ŒLΥɝ•Ιδ(ΤΐƒŠq½½9•έϊt€΄΄5…䀴΄έέάΉ‰•…ɍ½ΥΉΡΙ坽½‘Ή•έΜΉ½΄)M½Υɍ”θέέάΉ…Ρ₯Ω•‰•…ΠΉ½΄Έ)P)!UIPό) …±°Ρ½‘…䀄)<™™₯” ½ΥΊδΑΑ½₯ΉΡ΅•ΉΠ