Fibromyalgia: WebMD Q&A

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you may have noticed that we dedicate many post on this blog to the topic of fibromyalgia. We do this because in our practice we see many cases of it. In Social Security Disability cases, it may be the main cause of the person’s inability to work. In auto accidents and workers’ compensation cases, it may form after the accident and injury. Due to these reasons, we like to pass along any information that helps those who suffer from the effects of fibromyalgia.

With that being said, WebMD is a one stop shop of information on the topic. Below is a couple Q&A’s about fibromyalgia. To read the whole article, just click here.

Does Morning Stiffness Affect Many Fibromyalgia Patients?

Studies show that more than 75% of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia feel stiffness in the morning when they get up. The stiffness is extensive — affecting the muscles and joints of the back, arms, and legs. It makes them feel the need to “loosen up” after getting out of bed before beginning their usual activities.

Some people with fibromyalgia report that the morning stiffness may last only a few minutes, but in general, it is usually very noticeable for more than 15 to 20 minutes each day. In some cases, though, the stiffness lasts for hours, and in others it seems to be present all day.

While most people feel stiff when they first wake up, the stiffness associated with fibromyalgia is much more than simply a minor aching. In fact, people with fibromyalgia have the same feeling of stiffness in the morning that people feel with many types of arthritis, especially rheumatoid or inflammatory arthritis.

Are Chronic Headaches a Symptom of Fibromyalgia?

Chronic headaches, such as recurrent migraine or tension-type headaches, are common in about 70% of people with fibromyalgia. They can pose a major problem in a person’s ability to cope with and self-manage FMS.

Read more Q&A’s from WebMD’s fibromyalgia article here.