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)
Upper and lower back
Back of the head
Q: Is fibromyalgia genetic?
A: Studies have shown that there may be a link between fibromyalgia and genetics, but other factors like neuroendocrine abnormalities and environmental triggers also play a role.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: It’s possible. Around 70 to 80 percent of fibromyalgia patients encounter skin issues like rashes, itchiness, flaking or dryness.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 may help treat the tender pressure points of fibromyalgia. These include:
K-Laser or Cognitive-Behavioral therapies
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 mediation, 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 may 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).
Q: Are there fibromyalgia support groups for patients?
A: The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association has a database of different support groups per state.10 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)11 or Living With Fibromyalgia (established in 2009).12