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(Daily Mail)   Lady Gaga reveals she suffers from fibromyalgia. The disease causes body pain, fatigue, and odd geometric golf ball-like indentations on the head   ( dailymail.co.uk) divider line
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2017-09-12 04:45:17 PM  
That's a failed meme attempt I have seen in a long time, subby. A long long time.

/Strokes beard thoughtfully.
 
2017-09-12 05:16:56 PM  
Don't stick your head in the dimpler, buddy.
 
2017-09-12 06:47:20 PM  
How unfortunate.
 
2017-09-12 06:52:08 PM  
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2017-09-12 06:53:34 PM  
She can get in line with the rest of us.
 
2017-09-12 06:54:03 PM  
Forced meme is forced
 
2017-09-12 06:54:48 PM  
I'd fiber her myalgia, any day.

/igotnuthin
//i would tho
 
2017-09-12 06:55:14 PM  
Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.
 
2017-09-12 07:04:52 PM  
As a Neurofibromatosis (type one) sufferer, I can attest to what its like when your nervous system betrays you.
 
2017-09-12 07:06:57 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


There might be some truth to it but I'd bet 90% of people diagnosed are just whiny and want attention.

My friend had it for a few years. She stopped bringing it up when she decided the paleo diet would solve all her problems. She's not paleo now; she's gluten free.
 
2017-09-12 07:14:11 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


It's a BS non-diagnosis for sure, but I don't know anyone personally who takes pain pills for it.  I know a girl diagnosed with it that takes anti-depressants, sleeps for days on end, and gets an actual Rx for therapeutic massages.   She does work, but not with steady employment.  Not sure if she gets disability.   Whatever it is struck her around 16 to 18 and she's seen every doctor she could since.   She eventually stopped complaining about her condition as she's given up finding a treatment that actually works (that or everyone who knows her knows she is diagnosed, so she's reached maximum pity for the condition if it's merely psychological).  I don't get the vibe from her that she's faking it -- whatever it is.  It's just not in her character.
 
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2017-09-12 07:18:55 PM  

LouisZepher: As a Neurofibromatosis (type one) sufferer, I can attest to what its like when your nervous system betrays you.


Don't take it, show your nervous system who's boss! Hurt it right back!
 
2017-09-12 07:19:20 PM  
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2017-09-12 07:19:37 PM  

Vampire Lake: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

There might be some truth to it but I'd bet 90% of people diagnosed are just whiny and want attention.

My friend had it for a few years. She stopped bringing it up when she decided the paleo diet would solve all her problems. She's not paleo now; she's gluten free.


I honestly saw 'paleo' pancake mix at Whole Foods the other day. The replaced the wheat flour with almond but how exactly is this paleo? I have to confess that I have no idea what 'paleo' means except 'eat like a cave man' but how does a cave man cultivate almonds in sufficient quantity and mill it to create enough flour for pancakes?

God damn (expensive) hippie bisquick is what it is.
 
2017-09-12 07:22:16 PM  
Fibromyalgia is what used to be called getting older.
 
2017-09-12 07:24:01 PM  
the only person I've ever known to "suffer" from fibromyalgia was a heroin addict who found a way to get safe drugs with disability.
 
2017-09-12 07:30:08 PM  
I'm glad all you doctors in here are experts in the subject and willing to give your professional opinions free-of-charge.  Everyone should come to Fark for their medical advice!
 
2017-09-12 07:37:11 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.
 
2017-09-12 07:39:15 PM  
Hey arseholes, catch up, you're 10 years behind. Fibromyalgia is a legitimate illness that can be tested for and diagnosed now.

/ everyone's a farking critic
// especially when they don't know what the fark they're talking about
/// fark fark fark
 
2017-09-12 07:39:42 PM  
I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia five years ago. I've never taken any pain medication for it.  They actually have a clinical criteria and it took me over five years to get diagnosed.  I've been fairly successful treating it with anti seizure medication (because it works on nerve pain) and muscle relaxers. I also exercise and get massages.  The strongest pain pill I take is naproxen. It's miserable, and doubly so when people assume you are an attention seeking pill popper. Last year I had a bad flare and they are usually managed with a shot of anti-inflammatory meds. My doctor was out so you saw another in her practice who lectured me about how I just needed exercise and to eat a Paleo diet. Fark him.
 
2017-09-12 07:43:02 PM  
Fibromyalgia is a real thing, but it mimicks others disorders as well. When you get tested, and they rule out everything, that is when you get diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My mom has it, and she has good days and bad days. She was tested ten times for Lupus, because they have the same symptoms. No, she doesn't have Lupus. It's a brain censory wire problem.

Researchers believe repeated nerve stimulation causes the brains of people with fibromyalgia to change. This change involves an abnormal increase in levels of certain chemicals in the brain that signal pain (neurotransmitters). In addition, the brain's pain receptors seem to develop a sort of memory of the pain and become more sensitive, meaning they can overreact to pain signals.
Souce: Mayo clinic


You have to go through a lot of testing and blood work to get diagnosed with it. My mom never complains, but she does get pissed off when she can't do normal things like cleaning house. If she does any physical work on a good day, then the next few days she will be in bed, because she is too sore to move.

If someone complains, it might not always for attention, it is just they are constantly miserable. They are hoping you could try and understand where they are coming from.
 
2017-09-12 07:45:46 PM  

stk: LouisZepher: As a Neurofibromatosis (type one) sufferer, I can attest to what its like when your nervous system betrays you.

Don't take it, show your nervous system who's boss! Hurt it right back!


Funnied
 
2017-09-12 07:45:55 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


The real name is Wimpy White Woman Syndrome
 
2017-09-12 07:49:15 PM  

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No they're on to that so we've cycled to "neurogenic "
 
2017-09-12 07:51:07 PM  

Bumblefark: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.


No it's real, but shiatty doctors don't do their work on doing the full scale testing and blood work for it. My mom had to go through five doctors to get diagnosed, and every few years they retest her. My mom does most of her doctoring through Mayo clinic in Rochester. If they say she has it, then it's real. Fibromyalgia is starting to be an umbrella diagnosis for brain or nervous system pains. You can be born with it, or you can get it by trauma.
 
2017-09-12 08:11:42 PM  
Penis
 
2017-09-12 08:16:21 PM  

subfactorial: Vampire Lake: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

There might be some truth to it but I'd bet 90% of people diagnosed are just whiny and want attention.

My friend had it for a few years. She stopped bringing it up when she decided the paleo diet would solve all her problems. She's not paleo now; she's gluten free.

I honestly saw 'paleo' pancake mix at Whole Foods the other day. The replaced the wheat flour with almond but how exactly is this paleo? I have to confess that I have no idea what 'paleo' means except 'eat like a cave man' but how does a cave man cultivate almonds in sufficient quantity and mill it to create enough flour for pancakes?

God damn (expensive) hippie bisquick is what it is.


Not to mention that almonds in cave man times were still poisonous (cyanide when the seed is damaged).
 
2017-09-12 08:20:28 PM  
<rant>

My wife spent three years dealing with Fibromyalgia and lazy rheumatologists who did little more than throw anti-depressants at her.  And then, after a lot of biatching, one doctor got the bright idea to do an MRI and found a six-centimeter grade 2 glioma (astrocytoma) on her brain stem mucking up her autonomic functions.

The thing is, it's doubtful the tumor will shrink (though it's stabilized now after chemo and radiation), and it would have been great to discover it before it got too large and messy.  But, her original doctor, after spending five minutes with her, convinced himself that it was Fibro, and it was almost impossible to escape that.

I'm not saying Fibro isn't real. It's just that too many doctors are embarrassingly lazy and entirely useless as a result of insisting it be their absolute first and only diagnosis with no other tests.  It's become a security blanket for idiots who want to look like they're a doctor without actually doing any of the work.

So, really. If your doc tells you that you have Fibromyalgia, insist on a head and neck MRI no matter how much they whine.

</rant>
 
2017-09-12 08:22:07 PM  
Real.but most likely psychosomatic
 
2017-09-12 08:22:20 PM  
Gaga makes me wish I was about 20 years younger. And also attractive.
 
2017-09-12 08:25:09 PM  

BunkyBrewman: Fibromyalgia is what used to be called getting older.


Actually, it used to be called Rheumatism.
 
2017-09-12 08:29:47 PM  

demonfaerie: Bumblefark: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.

No it's real, but shiatty doctors don't do their work on doing the full scale testing and blood work for it. My mom had to go through five doctors to get diagnosed, and every few years they retest her. My mom does most of her doctoring through Mayo clinic in Rochester. If they say she has it, then it's real. Fibromyalgia is starting to be an umbrella diagnosis for brain or nervous system pains. You can be born with it, or you can get it by trauma.


According to the Mayo Clinic...

Because there is no test for fibromyalgia, your doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms to make a diagnosis.

...which means that it's still defined and diagnosed in much the same manner as psychiatric ailments -- by reference to its supposed symptomology, rather than an observable, etiological mechanism. Talk of a "blood test" is bit exaggerated; what the test supposedly does is looks for bio-markers that can distinguish FM sufferers, but it hasn't been without its controversies. Oh, and there are plenty of other medically-standard tests that work better for differential diagnosis.

So, sure it's "real" in the sense that there are actually people out there with these symptom patterns that can't be explained in terms of other diseases/disorders with known causes -- and that's what the diagnosis is used to denote. But to conclude FM itself is a disease, the mechanisms of which will reveal themselves in due time...eh, dunno, but I kinda doubt it. What we'll probably find is that those diagnosed FM will be found to have diverse etiologies, and some will be understood as just psychosomatic.

Sorta like with "hysteria."
 
2017-09-12 08:36:57 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


The name is BS, but the people suffering from it are generally actually suffering from something, whatever that may be. So saying you have fibromyalgia is basically saying, "I'm sleepy and I hurt and nothing else can explain that so far."
 
2017-09-12 08:37:58 PM  
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2017-09-12 08:38:00 PM  
MS used to be diagnosed as "hysteria."
I do not know enough about fm to be able to call it.
I leave that to you all to weigh in on this.
 
2017-09-12 08:51:37 PM  

four-stringed farris: Fibromyalgia is a legitimate illness that can be tested for and diagnosed now.


By you chiropractor or naturopath?
 
2017-09-12 08:56:55 PM  
I suffer from Lady Gaga.
 
2017-09-12 08:58:22 PM  

demonfaerie: Fibromyalgia is a real thing, but it mimicks others disorders as well. When you get tested, and they rule out everything, that is when you get diagnosed with fibromyalgia. My mom has it, and she has good days and bad days. She was tested ten times for Lupus, because they have the same symptoms. No, she doesn't have Lupus. It's a brain censory wire problem.


Have a relative diagnosed with it though I admit I don't know much about her day-to-day issues. She would unfortunately drink to try to drown out the pain.

Have another relative with Celiac.
Have another relative with RA.
Have another with autism.

Had to go through my own 8 year road to an autoimmune diagnosis so I understand how difficult it can be to get any traction with doctors even if they do mean well. I'd gotten so damned bad I had a distended belly and some of my teeth were starting to fall out.

I really wish we had better methods for diagnoses by now. There has to be some reason genetic or epigenetic that these issues can cluster. Hopefully someday they can edit some of that shiat out and let people lead normal lives.
 
2017-09-12 09:02:41 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


You're an asshole and my rheumatologist would strongly disagree with you.  I've had fibromyalgia for 15 years and it's a daily struggle to find ways not to exacerbate the pain.  And no, I'm not on a bunch of pills.  I would actually like some pain medicine, but junkies are dying from heroin and street fentanyl, so doctors won't prescribe them any more to patients that actually need them. Some days the fatigue is so bad that it's exhausting just getting up to use the bathroom.  The migraines and headaches keep me in a dark room for days at a time and just being in a bright room is enough to trigger them.  I have to sleep in a recliner because it hurts too bad to sleep in a bed any more.  Any time I move in my sleep, the pain wakes me up, so I'm constantly sleep deprived from being woken up so frequently.

My entire life revolves around the pain.  Every day it feels like I've been in a car accident, but sure, continue to mock people with this condition just so you can feel superior in your ignorance.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but for you I might make an exception.
 
2017-09-12 09:05:08 PM  
Also, if Lady Gaga actually had fibromyalgia, she wouldn't be able to do a fraction of what she does.  I'm calling bs on that.
 
2017-09-12 09:11:46 PM  

idrow: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

You're an asshole and my rheumatologist would strongly disagree with you.  I've had fibromyalgia for 15 years and it's a daily struggle to find ways not to exacerbate the pain.  And no, I'm not on a bunch of pills.  I would actually like some pain medicine, but junkies are dying from heroin and street fentanyl, so doctors won't prescribe them any more to patients that actually need them. Some days the fatigue is so bad that it's exhausting just getting up to use the bathroom.  The migraines and headaches keep me in a dark room for days at a time and just being in a bright room is enough to trigger them.  I have to sleep in a recliner because it hurts too bad to sleep in a bed any more.  Any time I move in my sleep, the pain wakes me up, so I'm constantly sleep deprived from being woken up so frequently.

My entire life revolves around the pain.  Every day it feels like I've been in a car accident, but sure, continue to mock people with this condition just so you can feel superior in your ignorance.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but for you I might make an exception.


Have you tried marijuana as a treatment?
 
2017-09-12 09:13:08 PM  

idrow: Also, if Lady Gaga actually had fibromyalgia, she wouldn't be able to do a fraction of what she does.  I'm calling bs on that.


It's almost as if people suffer from different levels of chronic pain.
 
2017-09-12 09:31:41 PM  

majestic: idrow: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

You're an asshole and my rheumatologist would strongly disagree with you.  I've had fibromyalgia for 15 years and it's a daily struggle to find ways not to exacerbate the pain.  And no, I'm not on a bunch of pills.  I would actually like some pain medicine, but junkies are dying from heroin and street fentanyl, so doctors won't prescribe them any more to patients that actually need them. Some days the fatigue is so bad that it's exhausting just getting up to use the bathroom.  The migraines and headaches keep me in a dark room for days at a time and just being in a bright room is enough to trigger them.  I have to sleep in a recliner because it hurts too bad to sleep in a bed any more.  Any time I move in my sleep, the pain wakes me up, so I'm constantly sleep deprived from being woken up so frequently.

My entire life revolves around the pain.  Every day it feels like I've been in a car accident, but sure, continue to mock people with this condition just so you can feel superior in your ignorance.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but for you I might make an exception.

Have you tried marijuana as a treatment?


MJ may be a viable route, but my wife has intractable pain from migraines (aka, they never shut off) and her doctors at Mayo Clinic have started her on regular Botox injections at specific sites on her scalp, neck and forehead.  It has done wonders for her.  She went from being bed ridden every day to actually having a normal-ish life again.  The migraines will always be there, but at least she can play with the kids now and begin to show an interest in her old hobbies again.
 
2017-09-12 09:33:58 PM  

Bumblefark: demonfaerie: Bumblefark: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.

No it's real, but shiatty doctors don't do their work on doing the full scale testing and blood work for it. My mom had to go through five doctors to get diagnosed, and every few years they retest her. My mom does most of her doctoring through Mayo clinic in Rochester. If they say she has it, then it's real. Fibromyalgia is starting to be an umbrella diagnosis for brain or nervous system pains. You can be born with it, or you can get it by trauma.

According to the Mayo Clinic...

Because there is no test for fibromyalgia, your doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms to make a diagnosis.

...which means that it's still defined and diagnosed in much the same manner as psychiatric ailments -- by reference to its supposed symptomology, rather than an observable, etiological mechanism. Talk of a "blood test" is bit exaggerated; what the test supposedly does is looks for bio-markers that can distinguish FM sufferers, but it hasn't been without its controversies. Oh, and there are plenty of other medically-standard tests that work better for differential diagnosis.

So, sure it's "real" in the sense that there are actually people out there with ...


You almost made sense there, until you equated it to hysteria.
 
2017-09-12 09:44:21 PM  

Bargoyle: majestic: idrow: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

You're an asshole and my rheumatologist would strongly disagree with you.  I've had fibromyalgia for 15 years and it's a daily struggle to find ways not to exacerbate the pain.  And no, I'm not on a bunch of pills.  I would actually like some pain medicine, but junkies are dying from heroin and street fentanyl, so doctors won't prescribe them any more to patients that actually need them. Some days the fatigue is so bad that it's exhausting just getting up to use the bathroom.  The migraines and headaches keep me in a dark room for days at a time and just being in a bright room is enough to trigger them.  I have to sleep in a recliner because it hurts too bad to sleep in a bed any more.  Any time I move in my sleep, the pain wakes me up, so I'm constantly sleep deprived from being woken up so frequently.

My entire life revolves around the pain.  Every day it feels like I've been in a car accident, but sure, continue to mock people with this condition just so you can feel superior in your ignorance.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but for you I might make an exception.

Have you tried marijuana as a treatment?

MJ may be a viable route, but my wife has intractable pain from migraines (aka, they never shut off) and her doctors at Mayo Clinic have started her on regular Botox injections at specific sites on her scalp, neck and forehead.  It has done wonders for her.  She went from being bed ridden every day to actually having a normal-ish life again.  The migraines will always be there, but at least she can play with the kids now and begin to show an interest in her old hobbies again.


My wife chews stale Haribo Gummy Bears to help her migraines.  Or, well...  they give her a bit of relief for a little while.

YMMV.
 
2017-09-12 09:57:11 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.


Some people may have actual pain being caused by an actual undiagnosed condition.  Most are just pill heads.
 
2017-09-12 09:59:37 PM  

Vodka Zombie: Bargoyle: majestic: idrow: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

You're an asshole and my rheumatologist would strongly disagree with you.  I've had fibromyalgia for 15 years and it's a daily struggle to find ways not to exacerbate the pain.  And no, I'm not on a bunch of pills.  I would actually like some pain medicine, but junkies are dying from heroin and street fentanyl, so doctors won't prescribe them any more to patients that actually need them. Some days the fatigue is so bad that it's exhausting just getting up to use the bathroom.  The migraines and headaches keep me in a dark room for days at a time and just being in a bright room is enough to trigger them.  I have to sleep in a recliner because it hurts too bad to sleep in a bed any more.  Any time I move in my sleep, the pain wakes me up, so I'm constantly sleep deprived from being woken up so frequently.

My entire life revolves around the pain.  Every day it feels like I've been in a car accident, but sure, continue to mock people with this condition just so you can feel superior in your ignorance.  I wouldn't wish this on anyone, but for you I might make an exception.

Have you tried marijuana as a treatment?

MJ may be a viable route, but my wife has intractable pain from migraines (aka, they never shut off) and her doctors at Mayo Clinic have started her on regular Botox injections at specific sites on her scalp, neck and forehead.  It has done wonders for her.  She went from being bed ridden every day to actually having a normal-ish life again.  The migraines will always be there, but at least she can play with the kids now and begin to show an interest in her old hobbies again.

My wife chews stale Haribo Gummy Bears to help her migraines.  Or, well...  they give her a bit of relief for a little while.

YMMV.


Just be sure they aren't sugar free.... Or she could have a bad time.
 
2017-09-12 10:01:46 PM  

Bumblefark: demonfaerie: Bumblefark: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.

No it's real, but shiatty doctors don't do their work on doing the full scale testing and blood work for it. My mom had to go through five doctors to get diagnosed, and every few years they retest her. My mom does most of her doctoring through Mayo clinic in Rochester. If they say she has it, then it's real. Fibromyalgia is starting to be an umbrella diagnosis for brain or nervous system pains. You can be born with it, or you can get it by trauma.

According to the Mayo Clinic...

Because there is no test for fibromyalgia, your doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms to make a diagnosis.

...which means that it's still defined and diagnosed in much the same manner as psychiatric ailments -- by reference to its supposed symptomology, rather than an observable, etiological mechanism. Talk of a "blood test" is bit exaggerated; what the test supposedly does is looks for bio-markers that can distinguish FM sufferers, but it hasn't been without its controversies. Oh, and there are plenty of other medically-standard tests that work better for differential diagnosis.

So, sure it's "real" in the sense that there are actually people out there with these symptom patterns that can't be explained in terms of other diseases/disorders with known causes -- and that's what the diagnosis is used to denote. But to conclude FM itself is a disease, the mechanisms of which will reveal themselves in due time...eh, dunno, but I kinda doubt it. What we'll probably find is that those diagnosed FM will be found to have diverse etiologies, and some will be understood as just psychosomatic.

Sorta like with "hysteria."


I never said it was a disease, I said it's real. There is guidelines to proper diagnosis fibromyalgia. Yes, it is a syndrome, and the blood work is used to make sure there isn't something else going on. You might be right that it will be changed or be called something else, but I'm not sure about people being rediagnosed as psychosomatic. Maybe a few, but there is evidence that fibromyalgia causes pain, faitgue, and depression. You be depressed too, if you are in pain, with no physical symptoms. Plus on top of that, not many people believe you. Fibromyalgia seems to be an umbrella term, because genetics and trauma can be a factor for it. There is some genetic evidence.

Some scientists speculate that a person's genes may regulate the way his or her body processes painful stimuli. According to this theory, people with fibromyalgia may have a gene or genes that cause them to react strongly to stimuli that most people would not perceive as painful. There have already been several genes identified that occur more commonly in fibromyalgia patients, and NIAMS-supported researchers are currently looking at other possibilities.
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Basically it boils down to the nervous system and brain processing pain, sensations, etc differently. Either by genetics making you unable to process shiat normally throughout your body or by some sort of physical trauma. I don't know why people are dismissing fibromyalgia, there is enough science to know if a brain isn't functionally normally, or any problem to any of our nervous systems, can cause havoc to a person's body and mind. We also know genetics can cause disorders to make a person's life not fully functioning. I guess if you can't see it, it's full of shiat. Time will tell what is the real cause of it, thanks science and research. I know what you are trying to say with hysteria, because they changed the name and broken it into disorders, but it is still a little insulting. There is no real evidence that fibromyalgia is a psychological disorder. You are sort of insinuating fibromyalgia is mental and not physical. When it could be both. A physical disorder that causes chronic pain, fatigue, and depression. My mom has it, and to see the physical pain in her eyes, and there is no surgery, painkillers, shots, or medicine to stop her from being constantly in pain, you know it's real.
 
2017-09-12 10:04:24 PM  
Lyrica helps.
 
2017-09-12 10:11:15 PM  

demonfaerie: Bumblefark: demonfaerie: Bumblefark: HST's Dead Carcass: Fibromyalgia is simply the doctors don't know what's wrong and prescribe pain pills. I'm sure someone will come in here and defend their pull popping ways, or how a relative had it so it's real, but it's a BS name given so they can prescribe pills.

Seems to me like it's just a modern update on the concept of "hysteria." It's basically a wastebasket term for disposing of inconvenient (mostly female) cases presenting with vague and indeterminate somatic complaints.

Family doc tried to push that diagnosis on my wife for some chronic pain issues. She basically told him to fark off with that nonsense, and take a closer look. Turns out (*shocker*) she really did have some issues with her bones and joints, all perfectly treatable.

So yeah, that colored my perception of the thing.

No it's real, but shiatty doctors don't do their work on doing the full scale testing and blood work for it. My mom had to go through five doctors to get diagnosed, and every few years they retest her. My mom does most of her doctoring through Mayo clinic in Rochester. If they say she has it, then it's real. Fibromyalgia is starting to be an umbrella diagnosis for brain or nervous system pains. You can be born with it, or you can get it by trauma.

According to the Mayo Clinic...

Because there is no test for fibromyalgia, your doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms to make a diagnosis.

...which means that it's still defined and diagnosed in much the same manner as psychiatric ailments -- by reference to its supposed symptomology, rather than an observable, etiological mechanism. Talk of a "blood test" is bit exaggerated; what the test supposedly does is looks for bio-markers that can distinguish FM sufferers, but it hasn't been without its controversies. Oh, and there are plenty of other medically-standard tests that work better for differential diagnosis.

So, sure it's "real" in the sense that there are actually people out ...


I don't believe it's real. It's a made up term to make people feel good about having 'something'. I mean, it even sounds scary! ooOooOooo! But, it's a bunch of shiat and usually a lazy diagnosis.

Anyone saying different is trying to justify their shiatty feelings and garner sympathy. Just ask my mother! She's been popping pills her whole life, even became a nurse so she could better understand and mimic symptoms to get the pills she wanted. Fibromyalgia just made it so much easier for her to change her symptoms to get the pills she wants now. All she has to say is Doctor So-And-So made the diagnosis and prescribed these pills, but the symptoms are changing, so she now needs a new prescription... and the old one. Last count, she had 11 different prescriptions that made her high as a kite all day.

So, thanks for the vehement denial that further solidifies my point.
 
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