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Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood chronic pain condition. It is associated with widespread aches and pains, poor sleep and cognitive function, fatigue, and muscular tenderness. Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia Diagnosing the condition can be difficult, as there are no tests to identify it directly. Like IBS, this is a functional condition, as opposed to structural, which means that imaging, biopsies, and blood tests will not show markers for the condition. Therefore, diagnosis is more about ruling out other similarly presenting conditions, such as: rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatological conditionschronic fatigue or MEmultiple sclerosis (MS) Symptoms Previously, diagnosis was based on a set list of tender points across the body. Diagnostic criteria is now more focused on: tenderness on both sides of the body, above and below the waistfeeling fatigued, and waking up unrefresheddifficulty concentrating (“fibro fog”)symptoms that last for at least 3 months Symptoms may wax and wane, but generally they will be present to some degree throughout. Severity of symptoms form part of the diagnostic criteria, and a diagnosis can be made whether a person’s experience is mild or...


Arthritic Pain

Posted on Apr 28 by

Arthritic pain can be caused by the most common form of arthritis: osteoarthritis. However it can also be caused by rheumatoid arthritis, or other less common forms. Different Types of Arthritis The most common cause of arthritic pain is osteoarthritis (OA). This is the form that people often simply refer to as “arthritis”. Unlike other forms, it is not considered an autoimmune condition, and is instead associated with the demand placed on a joint over time. An old injury that led to increased work for a joint, for example, could be a factor in developing OA. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is quite different to OA. Whereas OA typically starts in patients over 40, RA often starts in the 30s. It may follow a traumatic event, whether physically or emotionally traumatic. The small joints are often affected first, such as the hands, feet, and neck. There is some overlap here, as OA may manifest in the hands and spine first too, but when the hip and knee are affected it’s less likely to be the start of RA. There are other...


Tips for Pain Free Gardening

Posted on May 24 by

It’s the bank holiday weekend and the sun will hopefully shine.  Are you planning on hitting the garden?  Here are our top tips to keeping pain free. When the weather starts to improve, many people’s thoughts return to their garden’s.  Every year I treat many people who’ve got a little overzealous with their spring gardening and ended up in pain. So what can you do to help minimise the risk of pain? 1 – Don’t over do it – it’s tempting to get everything done in one day but try to pace yourself over a few days/weekend’s.   Too much activity, too quickly is often seen as a threat to your body and your brain will warn you to back off. 2- Take regular breaks – once you get stuck in, it’s easy for the time to slip by – set a timer on your phone or an egg timer to remind you to take regular breaks. 3 – Keep hydrated – when you take your break don’t forget to grab a glass of water. 4- Avoid prolonged bending –...