7 Best Natural Treatments for Fibromyalgia

Image: Andrey Popov/Shutterstock Fibromyalgia is an illness that stumps doctors while patients look for relief. The mainstream medical community has only a relatively small group of treatments for fibromyalgia, most of which provide only incomplete relief from chronic pain or have a long list of unpleasant side effects. Consider instead some of these natural alternatives that may provide some comfort without unwanted effects.…

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Fibromyalgia Diagnosis Diagnosing fibromyalgia can be quite difficult. Not only are there no lab tests or imaging tests that can spot the disorder, there are also a number of other conditions that have similar symptoms. These include: HIV Lyme disease certain types of cancer degenerative diseases of the spine hypothyroidism Tests can rule out many of these conditions, but doing so…

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Causes of fibromyalgia It’s not clear why some people develop fibromyalgia. The exact cause is unknown, but it’s likely a number of factors are involved. Below are some of the main factors thought to contribute to the condition. Abnormal pain messages One of the main theories is that people with fibromyalgia have developed changes in the way the central nervous…

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What Is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis. Still, it is often misdiagnosed and misunderstood. Its characteristics include widespread muscle and joint pain and fatigue, as well as other symptoms. Fibromyalgia can lead to depression and social isolation. This overview of fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) covers symptoms, diagnosis, and both standard and alternative treatments.   What Is Fibromyalgia…

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Fibromyalgia and Chocolate: What New Research Says About Health Benefits

By Sue Ingebretson Do you love chocolate as I do? If so, then you’ll be happy to know that chocolate can actually love you back. When you’re dealing with fibromyalgia, chronic illness, and other health challenges, it might be difficult to decipher what’s best for you regarding nutrition plans, fitness programs, and health supplements. But I can usually get a…

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What Is Giardiasis? Giardiasis is an infection in your small intestine. It’s caused by a microscopic parasite called Giardia lamblia. Giardiasis spreads through contact with infected people. Pet dogs and cats also frequently contract giardia. You can also get giardiasis by eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water. Giardia can be found all over the world, according to the Centers…

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What is Dysgraphia? Dysgraphia is a specific learning disability that affects written expression. Dysgraphia can appear as difficulties with spelling, poor handwriting and trouble putting thoughts on paper. Dysgraphia can be a language based, and/or non-language based disorder. Many people have poor handwriting, but dysgraphia is more serious. Dysgraphia is a neurological disorder that generally appears when children are first…

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Definition: Dementia isn’t a specific disease. Instead, dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social abilities severely enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia indicates problems with at least two brain functions, such as memory loss and impaired judgment or language, and the inability to perform some daily activities such as paying bills or becoming lost while…

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Definition: Craniosynostosis (kray-nee-o-sin-os-TOE-sis) is a birth defect in which one or more of the joints between the bones of your baby’s skull close prematurely, before your baby’s brain is fully formed. When your baby has craniosynostosis, his or her brain can’t grow in its natural shape and the head is misshapen. Craniosynostosis can affect one or more of the joints…

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What is Agnosia? Agnosia is the loss of the ability to recognize objects, faces, voices, or places. It is a rare disorder. People with agnosia can still think, speak, and interact with the world normally. Agnosia usually affects only a single information pathway in the brain. For example, people with visual agnosia won’t be able to name an object placed in…

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Methemoglobinemia: Methemoglobinemia is a blood disorder in which an abnormal amount of methemoglobin — a form ofhemoglobin — is produced. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells that carries and distributes oxygen to the body. With methemoglobinemia, the hemoglobin can carry oxygen but is unable to release it effectively to body tissues. Causes This condition can be passed down…

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? Arthritis means inflammation in a joint. That inflammation causes redness, warmth, swelling, and pain within the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis affects joints on both sides of the body, such as both hands, both wrists, or both knees. This symmetry helps to set it apart from other types of arthritis. RA can also affect the skin, eyes, lungs,…

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What is ovarian cancer? Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. To learn more about how cancers start and spread. Ovarian cancer begins in the ovaries. Women have 2 ovaries, one on each side…

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What is melanoma skin cancer? Cancer starts when cells in the body begin to grow out of control. Cells in nearly any part of the body can become cancer, and can spread to other areas of the body. To learn more about how cancers start and spread. Melanoma is a cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell.…

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What is Cholangiocarcinoma? Cholangiocarcinoma is a rare and often fatal cancer that affects the bile ducts. The bile ducts are a series of tubes that transport digestive juices called bile from your liver, where it is made, to your gallbladder, where it is stored. From there, the ducts carry bile to your gut, where it helps to break down fats in…

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What is Haemophilia? Hemophilia is a group of inherited blood disorders in which the blood does not clot properly. Hemophilia is the standard international spelling, also known as haemophilia in the UK, other translations include: hémophilie, hemofilie, hemofili, hemofilia, hämophilie, emofilia. We will use the standard international spelling for the purpose of this section. Bleeding disorders are due to defects…

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What Is Abetalipoproteinemia (ABL)? Abetalipoproteinemia (ABL) is an inherited condition that prevents the body from completely absorbing certain dietary fats. Without treatment, it can cause vitamin deficiencies that may have long-term effects on your health. Dietary fats and the vitamins they contain are important for the growth and development of many of your body’s organs and tissues, including the brain.…

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Everyone feels stressed at some point in their lives. In small doses, stress can be positive, making us more alert and improving our performance. But long periods of stress can contribute to high blood pressure and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Does stress affect cancer risk? Stressful events can alter the levels of hormones in the body…

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What is stress? We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means. When we say things like “this is stressful” or “I’m stressed”, we might be talking about: Situations or events that put pressure on us – for example, times where we have lots to do and think about, or…

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You may know her as Madison the mermaid in “Splash,” or for her roles in “Blade Runner” or “Steel Magnolias.” But actress Daryl Hannah, 52, has fought a private battle with autism for years, and tells People magazine that when she was a child, doctors wanted to put her in an institution. Her mother refused, but Hannah was horribly shy…

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