Is There a Cure

Is There a Cure for Fibromyalgia?

Is there a cure for Fibro?

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Cure: Unknown

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Unfortunately, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia (FMS). Myriads of symptoms make it nearly impossible to narrow down the problem. Additionally, and the reason the cure is unknown is that researchers are uncertain what triggers fibromyalgia. Studies show that most patients have had some kind of traumatic event in their life, such as surgery, an auto accident, abuse or even living in a war zone. The pain can be triggered at any time.

In my case, there is not any real event that we can point a finger too. However, I can see several indications that I have been dealing with the pain of FMS most of my life. In 5th and 6th grade, I suffered greatly from what they called ‘growing pains” and I have always had curious scalp pain from wearing a hairpin or a hat. So Who really knows.

Is It Even a Disease?

Fortunately, in 2015 the CDC finally came up with a diagnosis code, declaring that Fibro IS a disease and that all these patients have not lost their minds. Without this code, doctors did not take the problem seriously. Diagnosis has been difficult because there are no markers to show that one has FMS. Patients have terrible pain but a cause is not found. Nothing shows up in an x-ray or in the blood work. It has been called the Invisible Disease. Doctors can only arrive at the diagnosis by the process of elimination.

For me, it took 6 months of extreme pain to finally arrive at Mayo Clinic for three days of lab work (drawing 16 vials of blood), x-rays, body scans, balance testing and more. These tests ruled out MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Lupus, and other diseases.

Associated with Other Problems

Fibro likes to hang with a dozen other syndromes that all fall under the umbrella of Central Sensitization Syndrome (CSS). One can have several of these syndromes and likely will add more of them as time goes by. At this point, I have Chronic Pain Syndrome, FMS, Myofascial Pain Syndrome, and recently added TMJ to the mix. Along with these, we found later after reducing my steroid intake that I do indeed have RA.

Hope For a Cure For Fibro

Researchers have recently found some new markers and with a little more research it is possible that they may have found some indicators in the blood that are common to all patients.

If you would like to keep up with the latest news on FMS, follow my pain warrior & blogger, Donna at Fed Up With Fatigue. She reports on any important news in the field.

Thanks for asking;

Mandy Farmer

This post was inspired by the Five Minute Friday Prompt: Unknown. FMF writers accept a new prompt every week and write for 5 minutes. No editing. Come read what others were inspired to write today.

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4 thoughts on “Is There a Cure for Fibromyalgia?

  1. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    I hope, my friend, you find relief,
    and that there is a cure,
    but meanwhile, it is my belief
    that you will endure.
    To the strength within you,
    the more will then be given
    to help your hope and faith accrue
    so that you never give in.
    So hold now your head up high,
    and smile into the face
    of the sun that lights the sky
    and the Son that offers grace.
    I now, my friend, today there’s pain
    but the clearing dawn follows the rain.

    #1 at FMF this week.
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