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New research was carried out by NewLifeOutlook in order to better understand it's fibromyalgia community members. The online poll sampled 671 people, all diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the results have provided a valuable insight into the connection between fibromyalgia, depression and anxiety. The NewLifeOutlook survey revealed that the majority of fibromyalgia patients are also diagnosed with depression. Figures show that…

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It is thought that nearly 1 in 20 people are affected by fibromyalgia. Of these, a considerable 80-90% of those affected are women. This complex condition can rear its head suddenly and be tricky to diagnose. Patients can be misdiagnosed and consequently improperly treated for diseases that are similar to fibromyalgia. A huge step forward in the treatment of this…

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The National Sleep Foundation carried out a survey of adults in the U.S to ask about their sleep patterns and experience of pain. The survey found strong links between pain and sleep which is particularly relevant to suffered of fibromyalgia. The survey sampled 1,029 people, of which 48% rated their general health highly, and 44% rated their physical health highly. Those…

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It’s official: summer is here! For many, that means we get to plan action-packed itineraries and go on sun-soaked holidays abroad, spend time with family and friends being active. If you suffer with fibromyalgia, it’s possible that you may not be well and able enough to join in with the fun and games. Chronic fatigue and widespread pain can put…

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Fibromyalgia syndrome causes widespread pain and stiffness in the body which gets worse as the day progresses, leaving you feeling weak. This syndrome can have a huge impact on how you lead your life on a day-to-day basis. A range of treatments are usually prescribed for long term management of fibromyalgia pain including physical therapy, psychological therapy and drugs. Below…

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Does Fibromyalgia Affect Your Sleep? With 22% of Americans and 36% of Britons suffering from chronic insomnia, getting a full night of sleep can be harder than you think, especially if you have Fibromyalgia. We answer some of your questions regarding this popular topic. Question: I have Fibromyalgia and I find that it really affects my sleep. Why is this?…

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Patients with Fibromyalgia can also show signs of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS). Someone with MCS will react badly to low amounts of chemical substances in the environment either through smell, touch or ingestion. This may include fragrances from perfumes, cigarette smoke, paint fumes, certain medications and even chemicals present in tap water. Common symptoms of MCS can include; muscle and…

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Ever since we began this question-and-answer portion of our blog, we have been overwhelmed by the extreme receptiveness of our readers. Day after day we see new questions coming in, and it is with great pleasure that we answer to the best of our abilities. Question: I was confirmed as having fibromyalgia approximately 5 years ago but have had symptoms…

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A few months ago we started sharing the questions of patients who have been suffering from fibromyalgia, and it has become clear that these types of articles really resonate with readers. Whether you’re reading up for a loved one, or have been suffering yourself for years—there are endless questions about this puzzling disease. Question: I am diagnosed with fibromyalgia and…

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The New Year is off to a great start already, as fibromyalgia sufferers in the U.S. have finally been acknowledged. As 2015 came to a close, fibromyalgia received its own official diagnostic code in the ICD-10-CM codes in the U.S. ICD-10-CM stands for International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision, Clinical Modification. This is a list of diagnostic codes used for…

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