Frequently Asked Questions About Fibromyalgia

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  • Around 50 to 80 percent of fibromyalgia patients encounter flat or raised and bumpy rashes, along with itchiness, soreness or a crawling sensation
  • Practicing either yoga or tai chi can be helpful in alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms, due to the combination of meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation

Q: Which pressure points are associated with fibromyalgia?

A: Fibromyalgia patients usually experience a burning sensation or a sharp and stabbing pain on both sides of the body, and above or below the waist.1 However, it also manifests in areas called “pressure points,” wherein tremendous pain is felt once firm pressure is applied:2

Neck (front and back)

Elbows

Hips

Upper and lower back

Knees

Shoulders

Chest

Back of the head


Q: Is fibromyalgia genetic?

A: Studies have shown that there may be a link between fibromyalgia and genetics. Patients with a parent or sibling with fibromyalgia are more likely to develop the disease.3 Although genes connected with fibromyalgia aren’t directly passed on from parent to child, the disease is often clustered within families.4

Q: Do you get rashes if you have fibromyalgia?

A: Around 50 to 80 percent of fibromyalgia patients encounter flat or raised and bumpy rashes, along with itchiness, soreness or a crawling sensation. These rashes cause discomfort in a patient, disrupt sleep or make him or her feel unattractive.5

Q: Is there a fibromyalgia test a person can take?

A: There’s no specified lab test that determines if a patient has fibromyalgia. However, some doctors want to rule out other diseases so they recommend patients to undergo blood tests like a complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate and thyroid function tests.6

Ultimately, checking if a person has fibromyalgia or not depends on the presence of common symptoms, and seeing if they fall under the diagnostic criteria: widespread pain that lasts for three months, sensing for presence of other indicators like fatigue, tiredness and difficulty in thinking, and proving that no other condition causes these symptoms.7

Q: How can you treat tender pressure points of fibromyalgia?

A: There are natural treatment protocols that can be utilized to treat the tender pressure points of fibromyalgia. These include:

Acupuncture

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

Massage

K-Laser or Cognitive-Behavioral therapies

Mild exercise

Essential oils

Q: Is yoga effective for treating fibromyalgia?

A: Practicing either yoga or tai chi can be helpful in alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms, due to the combination of meditation, slow movements, deep breathing and relaxation.8 In fact, a team from Oregon Health and Science University discovered that fibromyalgia patients who took yoga classes experienced less pain, decreased fatigue and better mood.9

Q: What supplements are helpful for treating fibromyalgia?

A: Fibromyalgia patients can take supplements to recover from the disease, provided that they complement it with a healthy diet. Ideal supplements include magnesium (to lessen muscle pain brought about by magnesium deficiency), krill oil (a potent anti-inflammatory) and melatonin (helpful for regulating the sleep-wake cycle).10

Q: Are there fibromyalgia support groups for patients?

A: The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association has a database of different support groups per state.11 If you want to join an online support group, you can check that database, or try signing up for account in FibroTalk (formed in 2004)12 or Living With Fibromyalgia (established in 2009).13

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[+]Sources and References [-]Sources and References

  • 1 “Fibromyalgia — Symptoms,” NHS Choices, March 1, 2016
  • 2 “18 Points Used to Diagnose Fibromyalgia,” Health
  • 3 “Is Fibromyalgia Hereditary?” My Fibro, May 16, 2011
  • 4 Fleming, “Is fibromyalgia hereditary?” Mayo Clinic, November 8, 2014
  • 5 Vanta, “How to Deal With Fibromyalgia Rash,” New Life Outlook, October 1, 2014
  • 6 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Fibromyalgia Tests and Diagnosis,” Mayo Clinic, September 8, 2016
  • 7 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Fibromyalgia: Understand the Diagnosis Process,” Mayo Clinic, November 8, 2014
  • 8, 10 Mayo Clinic Staff, “Fibromyalgia Alternative Medicine,” Mayo Clinic, September 8, 2016
  • 9 “A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the Yoga of Awareness Program in the Management of Fibromyalgia,” Pain, November 2010
  • 11 National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association
  • 12 “About,” FibroTalk
  • 13 Living With Fibromyalgia — Online Support Group