Sunday, June 30, 2013

Web MD Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Fibromyalgia: Six important key points.

Web MD Slideshow: A Visual Guide to Fibromyalgia, here.  


Tender point exam is still suggested. [This is a very important part of the physician or nurse practitioner assessment. Omitting a physical exam, as done in the 2010 preliminary or 2011 modified criteria adopted by the American College of Rheumatology, is neglectful. See my blog on Sharecare here.


There’s one lab test that can check for fibromyalgia. It measures the levels of proteins in the bloodstream and can help confirm a fibro diagnosis.

See news here.

Information on test here


Exercising just three times a week has also been shown to relieve fatigue and depression. But it's important not to overdo it. [Do’s and Don’ts of exercise in fibromyalgia and chronic myofascial pain, Cooper and Miller, 2010, here]


Nutrition. [An important piece suggested by Cooper and Miller. About Cooper and Miller, here.] 


Massage. [Known to help painful shortened muscle fibers, trigger points, and return to normal resting length, Trigger points are discussed by Cooper and Miller, 2010, here.]


Therapies. We discuss these and more in our book (Cooper & Miller, 2010). Learn more here.


All blog posts and answers are not meant to replace medical advice.


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