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    Food sensitivities

    Many people with FM have sensitivities to particular foods and this varies from person to person. These could be dairy products, MSG and others. The best way to find out if a given food is causing problems is to keep a 2 week food diary listing foods which one consumes and symptoms worsen...
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    Something to live for

    Many people are leading disoriented lives because they have become jaded and lost touch with what makes their lives tick. For someone living with FM, life is a daily struggle sometimes against a host of discomforts. It is easy to get lost in the maze and despair might set in. The remedy? Looking...
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    Sleep medications

    Sleep is a major issue with FM patients with restless leg syndrome RLS, teeth grinding and sleep apnea being common culprits. If no particular cause of sleep disturbance can be pinpointed, antidepressants taken in low doses should be given. These are not addictive and have few contraindications...
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    Medications: Lines of defence

    Fibromyalgia being a syndrome manifests in different ways in different people with the chronic denominator being pain. Pain medications are indispensable to ameliorate the same. Some medications like Aspirin and Panadol can be classified as the first line of defence while common fibromyalgia...
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    Not a death sentence

    Some patients when diagnosed with fibromyalgia go into panic mode and become depressed. This stress is one of the dynamics that accelerates FM. Doctors should give pretest counselling especially to teenage patients who look at it like a death sentence. Post test counselling is also required. The...
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    Weight issues

    Fibromyalgia patients should be measured for BMI. Being overweight aggravates FM as well as predisposing an individual to the development of diabetes and patients with diabetes tend to have more severe symptoms. FM is a common finding in patients with type 1 and 2 diabetes. Its prevalence is...
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    Drug assistance programs

    The cost of medication for most fibromyalgia patients is increasing and others can't afford them denying them a chance to quality healthcare. The following websites are useful or such patients: Medicare Plan B; Which Drugs Are Covered by Medicare; application for Senior Prescription Assistance...
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    Misdiagnosis

    Fibromyalgia is one of the most misdiagnosed diseases due to symptom overlap. For instance, widespread pain can be caused by sleep apnea, malignancy, hypothyroidism or lupus which cause fatigue. Doctors need to rule out the symptoms of other diseases as they look for an explanation. A patient...
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    Schooling tips

    A student with fibro night be overwhelmed by the physical and mental burdens that make school life hard. It may slow them down but they can make adjustments. Inform the teachers that the student may miss some classes due to the condition. The student can also keep the workload realistic by...
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    Fibromyalgia and work Part 2

    The role of employers to employees with fibro is part of best practice that can be monitored by fibro associations. It is recommended that employees be reminded of deadlines for meetings as well as allowins time off for counselling. Sensitivity training for coworkers of those suffering from...
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