Understanding Fibromyalgia


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Understanding Fibromyalgia

  1. 1. Understanding Fibromyalgia<br />An Explanatory Photo Gallery By Maggie Lohmiller<br />Photos Courtesy of Google<br />
  2. 2. What is Fibromyalgia?<br />Photo Courtesy of Google.<br />“…chronic widespread muscular pain and symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disturbances, stiffness, cognitive and memory problems, and symptoms of depression and anxiety…”<br /> - American College of Rheumatology<br />
  3. 3. Common Symptoms<br />Photo Courtesy of A Disease A Day<br />Above shows a short list <br />of the most common symptoms.<br />
  4. 4. Fibromyalgia Cycle<br />Photo Courtesy of The Medical Symptoms Database<br />Symptoms tend to <br />appear in a cyclical series.<br />
  5. 5. The 18 Tender Points<br />Photo Courtesy of www.fibromyalgia-leesburg.com <br />Fibromyalgia sufferers experience tenderness in the parts of the body illustrated above.<br />
  6. 6. Stressors Can Exacerbate Symptoms<br />Photo Courtesy of Fibro Center.<br />Patients were polled on what <br />stressors aggravate their symptoms.<br />
  7. 7. Treatments: Medication<br />Photo Courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Lyrica, Google, Savella.<br />There are few fibromyalgia-specific drugs, however there are numerous other types of drugs prescribed to best fit the patient’s symptoms.<br />
  8. 8. Treatments: Alternative and Complementary<br />Photo Courtesy of Photo Courtesy of Google.<br />Diet, massage therapy, exercise, stress-management, acupuncture, herbal supplements, and ample sleep are all treatments for Fibromyalgia.<br />
  9. 9. Fibromyalgia Awareness<br />Photo Courtesy of National Fibromyalgia Association.<br />The mission of the National Fibromyalgia Association is to bring awareness and <br />promote research about this disorder.<br />