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Diagnosed with fibromyalgia

Hello!
I've been recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia by a rheumatoid arthritis specialist. I recently retired and have been involved in physical fitness all my life. I am having a hard time accepting this diagnosis but have taken it upon myself to talk to a cognitive therapist, been to a chiropractor many times and have become an active yoga enthusiast. I don't enjoy the thought of trying various pain medications for fear of their side effects. I understand there is a blood test called FM/a which identifies markers produced by immune system blood cells with in people with fibro. Is this worth pursuing? My symptoms include pain in both upper thighs (t-bands), chronic stiffness in the neck and shoulder areas. Could this be related to some other underlying condition that hasn't been checked? I am having difficulty with this diagnosis since I have been quite active all my life (60 now).

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Mon, 21 Apr 2014
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1. Since diagnosis is made by a specialist, event then consider second opinion for available options and conservative management.
PS. immune marker will help establish prognosis and available options of the disease, thus is worth pursuing.
2. because there is no identifiable cause thus treatment is symptomatic, as a result both pharmacological and non pharmacological measures are used as adjuvant to get a good control of pain and extended symptom free period, such as:
. Relaxation and stress management [stress is trigger response to fibromyalgia symptoms], thus yoga & Pranayama are helpful
. Physiotherapy: wax massage, ultrasound/infra red technique to minimize pain.
. Diet rich in omega 3 is considered helpful in alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms.
. In Ayurveda we consider/manage the disease under 'Mans-Medo Gat Vaat', thus prescription medicines available are: chandraprabha vati, navak guggulu, trifla kwath,panchskar churan, navkarshik guggulu.
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Diagnosed with fibromyalgia

** 1. Since diagnosis is made by a specialist, event then consider second opinion for available options and conservative management. PS. immune marker will help establish prognosis and available options of the disease, thus is worth pursuing. 2. because there is no identifiable cause thus treatment is symptomatic, as a result both pharmacological and non pharmacological measures are used as adjuvant to get a good control of pain and extended symptom free period, such as: . Relaxation and stress management [stress is trigger response to fibromyalgia symptoms], thus yoga & Pranayama are helpful . Physiotherapy: wax massage, ultrasound/infra red technique to minimize pain. . Diet rich in omega 3 is considered helpful in alleviating fibromyalgia symptoms. . In Ayurveda we consider/manage the disease under Mans-Medo Gat Vaat , thus prescription medicines available are: chandraprabha vati, navak guggulu, trifla kwath,panchskar churan, navkarshik guggulu.