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Fibromyalgia and Pain Management Explained

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Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain syndrome with no clearly identified cause. Due to this, treatment tends to be difficult. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-5% of the population and is more common in women than men. The most debilitating symptom is chronic and widespread pain.

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Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain syndrome with no clearly identified cause. Due to this, treatment tends to be difficult. Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2-5% of the population and is more common in women than men. The most debilitating symptom of this condition is chronic and widespread pain. Fibromyalgia may also cause a neurological symptom called allodynia, which affects the body’s perception of pain. This means the brain will interpret harmless stimuli as painful, leading to increased sensitivity that causes the slightest touch to feel extremely painful.

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Patricia Booth
16 Mar 2021
Informative article covering all the complexities of fibromyalgia
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Grace Cleary
04 Jun 2020
This is a good snapshot of symptoms, management and aetiology of fibromyalgia.
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Julia Dankowski
30 Jul 2021
Very interesting read, explaining the symptoms and signs clearly. And treatment outcomes and choices.
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Dorothy Mogendi
31 May 2021
Excellent
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Adrienne Agostino
12 May 2021
Interesting learning that fibromyalgia suffers have a different brain perception of musculoskeletal pain versus the actual site of musculoskeletal pain/injury.
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Nalini Vandra
19 Mar 2021
This was Very resourceful and short course to enhance my knowledge and skills to support patients suffering from fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Jennifer Myer
10 Jun 2020
Great succinct article!
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Storm baker
23 Dec 2020
Gods insight learning
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Anne McBride
07 Jun 2020
Very useful article providing clear and consise information about fibromyalgia which has given me a better understanding about this chronic condition
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Sunita Bohara
20 Oct 2021
Fibromyalgia is treated by antidepressants and anticonvulsants medication and non pharmaceutical treatments would be relaxation, exercise, hydrotherapy and cognitive and behavioural therapy. People with fibromyalgia feel a lot pain so pain management would be the first priority.
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