Bye-Bye Chronic Pain: Easy Ways to Feel Better Now

Top treatments for the most common causes of aches and pains (23 Photos)

Cynthia Ramnarace and Laura Flynn McCarthy on Aug 20, 2012 at 11:25AM

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Bye-Bye Chronic Pain: Easy Ways to Feel Better Now

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Fibromyalgia

People with fibromyalgia (mostly women) suffer fatigue, stiffness, joint tenderness, muscle pain, and so-called “fibro fog” or memory problems. No one knows for sure what causes fibromyalgia, but some theories include traumatic events and repetitive injuries as well as genetic factors.  In diagnosing fibromyalgia, doctors rule out other conditions, look for symptoms that have persisted for at least three months without improvement,  and note how many areas of the body are affected. “Some people describe fibromyalgia pain as an aching feeling, others feel flu-like symptoms, and others say parts of their body are tender to the touch,” says rheumatologist Brian Walitt, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Georgetown University. “But it’s the widespread nature and the chronicity of a person’s symptoms that are most characteristic of fibromyalgia.”

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