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Fibromyalgia is invisible disability for college students

Fibromyalgia and college study

Emily Thornton is a college student who has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, and she recently shared her experience with the disease. Thornton’s invisible disability has created additional challenges for her at school. Her struggles reveal that colleges are still learning to accommodate students who have disabilities that are not clearly visible on the surface.

Fibromyalgia patient proudly shuts down part of Grape Bowl stadium

Grape Bowl stadium

A fibromyalgia patient, who is suing the city of Lodi in California, is proud that his lawsuit has temporarily shut down a portion of the Grape Bowl. The city has blocked access to the north side of the bleachers after receiving the complaints from James Smith. He reported that the bleachers in this section were not complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Fibromyalgia finally gets official diagnostic code

Fibromyalgia diagnostic code

Fibromyalgia is finally being included as a separate diagnosis in the ICD-10-CM or International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification. Fibromyalgia was previously under the code of 729.1 that stands for myalgia and myositis, unspecified. The World Health Organization (WHO) is responsible for publishing the ICD codes and keeps them updated.

Fibromyalgia relief from surprising sources: Using physical therapy

Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic pain that is difficult to treat and manage. Exercise and any type of movement can be painful and difficult with this medical condition. However, physical therapy can provide relief and help manage fibromyalgia. Dr. Daniel Skulavik, who is a physical therapist, recently shared how patients can benefit from trying a different type of treatment.

Fibromyalgia pain relief possible with new muscle relaxation device

A new medical device is giving fibromyalgia patients hope that they can fight chronic pain without drugs. AVACEN Medical shared the AVACEN 100 muscle relaxation device at the recent PAINWeek conference in Las Vegas. The device is an over-the-counter product that provides a noninvasive treatment option for pain.

Doctor refuses to treat fibromyalgia patients and chronic pain

fibromyalgia treatment

A doctor has issued a letter that informs his patients that he will no longer be treating chronic pain or prescribing any type of pain medication. This affects the fibromyalgia patients who rely on his practice. Dr. Mark Ibsen explains that he made the decision because another doctor was recently indicted for prescribing pain medication.

Fibromyalgia with migraines raises risk of suicide to high

A new study from researchers in Taiwan reveals that patients who suffer from both fibromyalgia and migraines are at a higher risk of suicide. Researchers focused on patients who had migraines and comorbid fibromyalgia. They found that those who had fibromyalgia also suffered from more frequent headaches and had lower sleep quality.

Fibromyalgia pain reduced with melatonin supplements in studies

Fibromyalgia pain

Several studies have shown that melatonin supplements can reduce pain in patients who have fibromyalgia. Melatonin is usually used to improve sleep problems such as insomnia. Researchers suggest that fibromyalgia patients discuss the use of melatonin supplements with their doctor and consider them as part of their treatment plan.

Scientology detoxification program advances in clinical trials: Fibromyalgia alert

Scientology detoxification program

Scientology’s controversial detoxification program is being studied in a clinical trial at the University at Albany. Although the focus of the study is to use L. Ron Hubbard’s purification program to help treat veterans who have Gulf War Syndrome, it is important to note that fibromyalgia is one of the disorders linked to Gulf War Syndrome. The research may help doctors and patients find treatments for fibromyalgia and other conditions.

Update on Cymbalta severe withdrawal symptoms trial: Fibromyalgia alert

A jury has cleared Eli Lilly in a trial about Cymbalta causing serious withdrawal symptoms. This was the first of four trials about the same issue with the antidepressant. An estimated group of 250 plaintiffs accused the company of downplaying the severe withdrawal symptoms caused by the drug. Cymbalta was originally designed to treat depression, but the Food and Drug Administration expanded its use as a treatment for fibromyalgia and generalized anxiety disorder.

Fibromyalgia patients at higher risk of being in serious car accidents

A new study has found that fibromyalgia patients are at a higher risk of being in a car crash. Researchers focused on serious accidents that forced the drivers to seek medical attention in hospitals. Although they found that people with fibromyalgia were more likely to be involved in a serious car accident, they also noted that ongoing care and treatment helped reduce the risk.

Fibromyalgia pain linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study focuses on the connection between fibromyalgia pain and vitamin D deficiencies. The research was presented at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR). Previous studies have found low vitamin D levels in patients with fibromyalgia, and researchers believe the deficiencies are contributing to pain and fatigue.

Fibromyalgia is frequent issue for obstructive sleep apnea patients

A new study has found that patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea may also have fibromyalgia. Sleep problems are a common issue for fibromyalgia patients, and researchers were interested in studying the link between the two disorders. They discovered that CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is a practical treatment option for patients.

Fibromyalgia patient involved in medical negligence lawsuit

A fibromyalgia patient was recently involved in a medical negligence lawsuit. Dr. Ihor B. Kalicinsky was accused of not following the standards for prescribing opiates to his patients. Although the doctor argued that he followed the standards but simply failed to keep adequate medical records, he selected to retire and give up his license.

Fibromyalgia awareness gets help from Patriots' Dominique Easley

The Patriots' Dominique Easley is focusing on fibromyalgia awareness and wants to find a cure for this condition. He has revealed that his sister, Destinee, has fibromyalgia and suffers from chronic pain that often prevents her from being able to walk. Easley plans to donate the money from his football camp to fibromyalgia research.

Fibromyalgia treatment options increase with gabapentin

A new study examined the use of gabapentin to treat fibromyalgia in patients who suffered from pain and sleep problems. Although the drug was originally created to treat epilepsy, doctors have been using it for other conditions. There are a limited number of older studies on gabapentin being used to treat fibromyalgia, so the new research is significant.

Fibromyalgia blood test could become reality

Fibromyalgia blood test

Instead of struggling to get a diagnosis, imagine being able to walk into a doctor’s office to get a simple blood test for fibromyalgia. This dream may become a reality thanks to new research being done by scientists at King's College London. They recently received a large grant to help them create a reliable blood test that could diagnose fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: Wear purple to show support

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is on May 12, and several organizations have requested that people wear purple to show their support. The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has revealed that this year’s theme is your voice matters. Multiple Awareness Day Events are being held across the country.

Fibromyalgia patient fights for mobility scooter rights

Janet Warner was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but she has suffered from other health problems that have forced her to use a mobility scooter for years. Warner shares many horror stories of people who do not respect her scooter and mistreat her. However, she continues to fight for others who rely on the scooters.