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What are symptoms of fibromyalgia?

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Posted on Tue, 7 Oct 2014
Question: My 16 year old son has suffered for years with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, depression and anxiety. He misses school constantly. Is it possible he may have fibro? He had both mono and Scarlet Fever before age 10.
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (23 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
yes

Detailed Answer:
Hi
As per history, you described, it seems that he has fibromyalgia.
But it may be the part of hypothyroidism or chronic fatigue syndrome or any chronic infection. Hope these things ruled out
How is his sleep? How is digestion? What about stress level? All these in favour of fibromyalgia
Hope this will help
Take care
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Alokkalyani (1 hour later)
Hi, thyroid tests have always come back normal. None of the doctors we have seen have ever mentioned chronic fatigue syndrome. He tells me he has trouble sleeping and even when he does sleep a full night, he feels just as tired as when he went to sleep. He does not seem to have any digestion issues (his brother was just diagnosed with Crohns Disease though). He has terrible anxiety and does get very depressed. He spends most of his time at home, he rarely wants to go anywhere. Even when he goes to school, he usually wants to come home right after. Even having too much homework makes him feel stressed, even though he is very smart and gets good grades.
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Answered by Dr. Alokkalyani (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
fibromyalgia

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

So it confirm fibromyalgia.

Aerobic exercises and relaxation therapy is very helpful, exercises can be start slowly and increase slowly.

There are some medicine Like amytriptyline and milxacipran available , you can discuss with your physician.

Regards,
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What are symptoms of fibromyalgia?

Brief Answer: yes Detailed Answer: Hi As per history, you described, it seems that he has fibromyalgia. But it may be the part of hypothyroidism or chronic fatigue syndrome or any chronic infection. Hope these things ruled out How is his sleep? How is digestion? What about stress level? All these in favour of fibromyalgia Hope this will help Take care