Can fibromyalgia lean to one side?

Fibromyalgia tends to be more severe in the hips and shoulders, according to Dr. Zimring.

“It’s common for people with fibromyalgia to have pain in the back, neck, shoulders, and hips,” he said. “This is because of stiffness and compression in these areas.”

In addition, people with fibromyalgia may experience pain on their feet because of nerve pain.

“The pain on the feet, ankles, and legs is what we call peripheral neuropathic pain,” said Dr. Zimring. “It can be caused by fibromyalgia itself, or it can be caused by some of the medications people take.”

Fibromyalgia is often classified as a chronic condition that requires a consistent treatment plan. People with fibromyalgia often need to take medication for the rest of their lives.

“This is because of the pain,” said Dr. Zimring. “The pain is what keeps us from being able to do what we want to do.”

How is fibromyalgia different from other chronic pain conditions?

Fibromyalgia can be a chronic condition that can last for many years, or it can be a short-term problem that relapses after treatment, Dr. Zimring said.

“Chronic pain is pain that lasts for more than three months,” he said. “This is a more severe pain than a headache.”

According to Dr. Zimring, fibromyalgia is a pain disorder, which means that the pain and other symptoms are caused by faulty pain perception. This faulty perception is usually due to the nervous system, which is connected to the brain.

“The brain is trying to send signals to the body and the body is not processing them,” he said. “This is why chronic pain lasts.”

People with fibromyalgia may also experience other symptoms, such as fatigue, sleep issues, and mood changes.

Fibromyalgia vs. other chronic pain conditions

Other chronic pain conditions include:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Tension headache
  • Low back pain

Chronic pain conditions are often caused by the same biological processes, but they are not the same.

“Chronic pain is a brain disease, while fibromyalgia is a nervous system disease,” said Dr. Zimring.

How can fibromyalgia be treated?

The treatment for fibromyalgia is currently unknown, but researchers believe that it is likely to be different depending on the person and their symptoms.

For some people, it may be one type of medication or another.

“For example, people with fibromyalgia may take antidepressants, or they may take medications for sleep,” said Dr. Zimring.

People who do not respond to medication may receive spinal cord stimulation, he said.

“This is a procedure in which a small electrical current is passed through the spinal cord,” he said. “It is a very effective treatment for fibromyalgia.”

For other people, medications may not work, but lifestyle changes and physical therapy may help.

“The physical therapy part is really important,” said Dr. Zimring. “It helps the fibromyalgia go away.”

How can fibromyalgia be managed?

According to Dr. Zimring, people with fibromyalgia should not try to reduce their pain. Instead, they should take medication as prescribed to help them manage the pain as it occurs.

“Our goal is to help the person with fibromyalgia to have as normal a life as possible with as little pain as possible,” he said.

People with fibromyalgia should not try to get rid of the pain, either.

“If you try to get rid of the pain, it’s very hard to do,” said Dr. Zimring. “The pain is all in the body, and it’s all part of the body.”

People with fibromyalgia should speak with their doctor about getting a referral to a pain management specialist. A pain management specialist is a physician who specializes in pain management.

“I think the first thing is to find a doctor who has a lot of experience with fibromyalgia,” said Dr. Zimring. “If there is one who has seen many people with this condition, then that is a good indicator.”

How to cope with fibromyalgia?

“The first thing is to find a doctor who has a lot of experience with fibromyalgia,” said Dr. Zimring. “If there is one who has seen many people with this condition, then that is a good indicator.”

People with fibromyalgia often need to take medication for the rest of their lives.

“We know that the symptoms of fibromyalgia improve with medication,” said Dr. Zimring. “And we know that fibromyalgia improves with exercise.”

Physical therapy is also a good way to manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

“Exercise is very important for fibromyalgia,” said Dr. Zimring. “It’s very important for people to exercise.”

For people who need to be very physically active, physical therapy can help them stay in shape.

“We know that exercise helps the fibromyalgia improve,” said Dr. Zimring. “So it’s important for people to use physical therapy.”

A doctor or physical therapist can help people with fibromyagli understand the best ways to exercise.

If physical therapy does not help to manage the pain, a doctor may prescribe a medication.

“If a person has chronic pain and they are using pain medication, then they may need to have that medication changed,” said Dr. Zimring.

How can fibromyalgia be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent fibromyalgia, but it is possible to decrease the chances of developing it.

“If you have never had fibromyalgia, you are still at risk of developing it,” said Dr. Zimring.

“If something like a cold or an infection makes you sick for a week, you may be at higher risk of getting fibromyalgia,” he said.

The best way to prevent fibromyalgia is to take good care of your body.

“You should make sure that your body is functioning well,” said Dr. Zimring. “And if you have any chronic pain, then it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the best pain management possible.”

Living with fibromyalgia

Living with fibromyalgia can be a challenge. But it is not impossible.

“I’ve had a lot of people with fibromyagli tell me that it’s a good thing to have,” said Dr. Zimring. “You can’t take away the pain, but the pain itself is a signal.”

People with fibromyagli should keep in touch with their doctors to make sure that they are managing the pain well. They should also be aware that fibromyalgia is a neurological disease.

“So people with fibromyagli should be aware that they need to take their medications,” said Dr. Zimring. “And they should make sure that they get their doctor’s referrals for the best treatment.”

If you have fibromyalgia, you can live a full life.

What is the outlook?

According to Dr. Zimring, fibromyalgia is a neurological disease. For this reason, the symptoms of fibromyalgia are different from other chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, chronic back pain, and fibromyalgia.

“Fibromyalgia is something that is not known,” he said. “It’s unknown what causes it and how it’s different from other chronic pain conditions.”

To learn more about fibromyalgia and other chronic pain conditions, visit the American College of Rheumatology website.

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