Fibromyalgia – Muscle and Joint Damage

Fibromyalgia is a syndrome, not a disease, triggered by over-activation of nerves.  It doesn’t damage your muscles, tendons and joints, but it may cause pain, stiffness and tenderness resulting in less physical activity.  Without physical activity muscles become weak and can’t provide enough protection to your joints, which become sore and stiff.  These muscles remain sore because they cannot repair themselves as well as someone who isn’t suffering with fibromyalgia.

Researchers have found that people suffering with fibromyalgia have elevated levels of a nerve growth factor and a chemical nerve signal called Substance P, in addition to low levels of Serotonin.  Through this research it is thought fibromyalgia is a neurological condition and not a muscular or joint condition.

 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Why Does Fibromyalgia Interfere with Normal Sleep? (video)

People with fibromyalgia often have trouble getting a normal night’s sleep.  The sharp and severe or dull and monotonous pain makes it hard to fall asleep or the pain often will wake you up after you have dozed off.  Sleep deprivation decreases the ability to tolerate pain and may actually increase pain.

Insomnia triggered by the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia often becomes chronic.  There have been reports that people suffering from fatigue due to lack of sleep has cost them their jobs.  Often people are misdiagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, instead of being properly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.

Schedule an appointment and talk with your doctor about ways of getting better quality sleep with Fibromyalgia.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

 

 

Do Rheumatologists Treat Fibromyalgia? (video)

As a physician specializing in the treatment and diagnoses of arthritis and diseases of the joints, muscles, tendons and bones, a Rheumatologist treats chronic pain, including the pain associated with Fibromyalgia.  You can choose to see a Rheumatologist, but ultimately, you may get the best results from a team of doctors who communicate with each other and coordinate your care.

Careful management can help you control pain and fatigue and restore your quality of life.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

 

Stress Reduction Techniques for Fibromyalgia (video)

Stress affects the symptoms of people suffering from fibromyalgia and make it worse.  There are lifestyle changes you can make to reduce stress, such as biofeedback, practicing breathing exercises, regular physical exercise, yoga and meditation.  A healthy diet and quality sleep are also recommended.  Making positive changes to your lifestyle will have a positive effect on the pain associated with fibromyalgia.

Please contact your physician to schedule a consultation to talk about your stress level and what you can do to improve it.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Is Fibromyalgia All in My Head? (video)

Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose.  It is considered as a syndrome, not a disease. A syndrome means it is a cluster of symptoms appearing together.  It is not caused by depression or a psychological disorder.

Fibromyalgia is a real neurological condition.  Don’t let anyone try to convince you the pain and fatigue is all in your head. 

 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Fibromyalgia and Fatigue (video)

Insomnia triggered by the pain and discomfort of fibromyalgia often becomes chronic.  There have been reports that people suffering from fatigue due to lack of sleep has cost them their jobs.  Often people are misdiagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, instead of being properly diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

Schedule an appointment with your doctor to find out how you can improve your sleep.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Fibromyalgia and Headaches (video)

A common symptom of fibromyalgia is headaches.  Many people suffering with fibromyalgia have headaches regularly every day.  There are many reasons for this, such as muscle spasms, sleep apnea or TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder – all triggers for chronic tension headaches.  Low levels of magnesium, which is common in people suffering with this syndrome, is known to increase chances of migraines.  Chronic pain causes people to be exhausted all the time and causes migraine headaches.  Not getting get enough sleep also causes migraine headaches. 

Fibromyalgia is associated with low levels of the neurotransmitter, Serotonin; and a lack of Serotonin will trigger migraines.  Headaches and fatigue intensify fibromyalgia pain making it that much harder to cope with the pain.  Depression becomes a greater risk too.

If you suffer from headaches regularly, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. 

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Drugs Specifically Approved to Treat Fibromyalgia (video)

There are currently only three drugs approved by the FDA to treat fibromyalgia. They are Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella.

Lyrica

Lyrica was created to treat epilepsy. Lyrica calms down accelerated nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia and decreases pain messages that produce discomfort common with fibromyalgia.

Cymbalta

Cymbalta is an anti-depressant known to increase levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine to help control and suppress pain. Research indicates increased levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine help reduce painful nerve signals associated with fibromyalgia.

Savella

Savella is used to treat depression, but in the United States is only approved to treat fibromyalgia. It increases available levels of Serotonin and Norepinephrine thereby reducing pain and improving physical function.

If you think you may be suffering from fibromyalgia, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis.

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

Is Fibromyalgia a Real Disease? (video)

Fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose.  It is recognized as a syndrome, not a disease, by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College of Rheumatology, the Arthritis Foundation and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.  Describing fibromyalgia as a syndrome means it is a cluster of symptoms appearing together.  It is not caused by depression or a psychological disorder.

Fibromyalgia is a real neurological condition.  Don’t let anyone try to convince you the pain and fatigue is all in your head.  There are currently three FDA-approved drugs used to treat it and insurance companies have designated its own special code for insurance forms.

See your doctor for more information.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.

How Can I Learn to Cope More Effectively with Chronic Pain? (video)

If you are experiencing chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia, relief can be found by seeking professional counseling and help.  There are pain medications and steps you can take to control your pain and live your life again.  Start by acknowledging your feelings, eating healthy, getting restful, quality sleep, adopting a physical exercise program and seeking professional help.  Biofeedback is beneficial when used with cognitive behavioral therapy to control pain and regain control over your body.   Make yourself familiar with the triggers that cause your discomfort and create a plan of action to work with them.

Don’t suffer in silence.  Seek the help you need.

 

This video was created by Healthguru.com and Dr. Betty Keller; Dr. Keller practices at the Optimal Wellness Center in Franklin Lakes, NJ.