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after missing the last 30 days of work without pay. I was already on a shoestring budget w/o being out of work w/o disability insurance.

I've just been released to go back to work 32hrs per week from home after missing the last 30 days of work without pay. I was already on a shoestring budget w/o being out of work w/o disability insurance. Needless to say I'm behind on many bills from not having any income...and have taken out loans from friends and family that are getting overwhelming.

Right NOW I'm trying to keep a roof over my head right now. Any help that you can give would be most appreciated. The Goal amount would catch everything up to current. My biggest concern at the moment is my Rent due 11/01 for $650. Every little bit helps!

Thanks in advance!!

Jason

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyositis; Fibrositis
Last reviewed: February 2, 2012.

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues.

Fibromyalgia has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

The cause is unknown. Possible causes or triggers of fibromyalgia include:

Physical or emotional trauma

Abnormal pain response - areas in the brain that are responsible for pain may react differently in fibromyalgia patients

Sleep disturbances

Infection, such as a virus, although none has been identified

Fibromyalgia is most common among women aged 20 to 50.

The following conditions may be seen with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms:

Chronic neck or back pain

Chronic fatigue syndrome

Depression

Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)

Lyme disease

Sleep disorders

Symptoms

Pain in the main symptom of fibromyalgia. It may be mild to severe.

Painful areas are called tender points. Tender points are found in the soft tissue on the back of the neck, shoulders, chest, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, and knees. The pain then spreads out from these areas.

The pain may feel like a deep ache, or a shooting, burning pain.

The joints are not affected, although the pain may feel like it is coming from the joints.

People with fibromyalgia tend to wake up with body aches and stiffness. For some patients, pain improves during the day and gets worse at night. Some patients have pain all day long.

Pain may get worse with activity, cold or damp weather, anxiety, and stress.

Fatigue, depressed mood, and sleep problems are seen in almost all patients with fibromyalgia. Many say that they can't get to sleep or stay asleep, and they feel tired when they wake up.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia may include:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Memory and concentration problems

Numbness and tingling in hands and feet

Reduced ability to exercise

Tension or migraine headaches

Signs and tests

To be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, you must have had at least 3 months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 areas, including

Arms (elbows)

Buttocks

Chest

Knees

Lower back

Neck

Rib cage

Shoulders

Thighs

Blood and urine tests are usually normal. However, tests may be done to rule out other conditions that may have similar symptoms.

Treatment

The goal of treatment is to help relieve pain and other symptoms, and to help a person cope with the symptoms.

The first type of treatment may involve:

Physical therapy

Exercise and fitness program

Stress-relief methods, including light massage and relaxation techniques

If these treatments do not work, your doctor may prescribe an antidepressant or muscle relaxant. The goal of medication is to improve sleep and pain tolerance. Medicine should be used along with exercise and behavior therapy. Duloxetine (Cymbalta),pregabalin (Lyrica), and milnacipran (Savella) are medications that are approved specifically for treating fibromyalgia.

However, many other drugs are also used to treat the condition, including:

Anti-seizure drugs

Other antidepressants

Muscle relaxants

Pain relievers

Sleeping aids

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is an important part of treatment. This therapy helps you learn how to:

Deal with negative thoughts

Keep a diary of pain and symptoms

Recognize what makes your symptoms worse

Seek out enjoyable activities

Set limits

Support groups may also be helpful.

Other recommendations include:

Eat a well-balanced diet

Avoid caffeine

Practice good sleep routines to improve quality of sleep

Acupressure and acunpuncture

Severe cases of fibromyalgia may require a referral to a pain clinic.

Expectations (prognosis)

Fibromyalgia is a long-term disorder. Sometimes, the symptoms improve. Other times, the pain may get worse and continue for months or years.

Calling your health care provider

Call your health-care provider if you have symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Prevention

There is no known prevention.
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