What is Fibromyalgia Swelling and What Causes it?

Fibromyalgia is still a widely misunderstood condition, one that the medical community is still exploring and learning about.  Fibromyalgia presents itself in several forms, which contributes to its notorious mystique.  One less well-known condition caused by fibromyalgia is edema (or fibromyalgia swelling).  Is edema plaguing you?

Fibromyalgia Complications: What is Edema?

Edema is swelling caused by excess fluid trapped in your body’s tissues.  Edema can affect any part of the body, though is most commonly noticed in the hands, arms, feet, ankles and legs (1).

Edema, like other pain conditions, can cause a high level of frustration and baffle those afflicted.  Identifying the symptoms properly can provide answers and indicate if you are an edema sufferer.  Fortunately, there are natural remedies that can aid in controlling or reducing the symptoms of edema.

If you are presenting with the following symptoms you may be suffering from edema.

Recognizing Edema Symptoms

Edema symptoms include swelling or puffiness which is most common in the legs or arms.  Stretched or shiny skin which may be prone to ripping or tearing.  Dimpled skin; this is evident in skin that retains an impression after being pressed for several seconds.  Additional edema symptoms include increased abdominal size, shortness of breath and heavy arms or legs.

Common Triggers of Edema

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If you experience edema as a complication of fibromyalgia, it’s useful to know about other common causes. Doing your best to avoid these triggers can help prevent your edema from getting worse as you use natural remedies to manage it.

  1. Sitting or standing for extended periods (1).
  2. Certain medications: high blood pressure medication, steroids, estrogens, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and certain diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones (1).
  3.  Kidney Disease may contribute to extra sodium and fluid in your circulation.  Usually occurs in legs and around your eyes (2).
  4. Cirrhosis Fluid may accumulate in your abdomen and your legs from liver damage (1).
  5. Heart Failure If the heart is weak and unable to pump blood efficiently, blood will pool in certain areas of the body.  This can cause fluid to leak from the blood vessels into the surrounding area (2).
  6. Venous Insufficiency: A deficiency of blood flow.  When your veins have trouble sending blood from your limbs back to the heart.  Often caused by varicose veins (3).
  7. Severe Protein Deficiency: Protein helps to hold salt and water inside the blood vessels.  When albumin, a blood protein becomes too low, excessive fluid is retained and can leak out into the tissues (1)

6 Natural Edema Remedies

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Here are a few warning signs that point to the possibility that you or any other person may have fibromyalgia

1-Difficult Diagnosis

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition in which the sufferer experiences widespread chronic pain and an unusually heightened and painful response to pressure. It is a disease that can present challenges when it comes to diagnosis because most FM symptoms including tenderness of muscles, fatigue and pain are quite difficult to diagnose.

In addition to that, FM symptoms are also common to other medical conditions; this means that finding the correct diagnosis and treatment may take time. While FM isn’t fatal, it can have prolonged detrimental effects that may last a lifetime.

2-Tender Points

A major distinguishing characteristic of FM on the body is the so-called tender points. When firm pressure is applied on these tender points, the sufferer feels sore. These tender points are located on various body parts including elbows, knees, shoulders, hips and the back of the head.

All in all, there are 18 tender points. Sufferers of FM may experience discomfort in some or all of these locations. Physicians use tender points as part of FM diagnostics.


People who suffer from FM often describe that they feel a constant pain. The pain may feel as though it emanates from the muscles but there are hardly any visible signs of tissue damage. FM patients tend to be abnormally more sensitive to pain stimuli than regular people.

The feeling of discomfort is usually widespread i.e. distributed over the entire body. There are a number of factors that can worsen the pain among them stress and lack of sleep

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Medical Treatment For Headaches

Keep in mind that not all headaches require medical attention. You will just simply need to take some over-the counter medication and you will be as good as new. There are some times where your headaches will just be random and some times they can be persistent. You will want to make sure that you make a diary to mark down what it is that could be a thriller and perhaps some clues as to why you have the headache. You will find that there are some patterns that could be revealed with if you jot a few things down. You will find that some things like stress and even brain stimulation could give you a headache.

There are some headaches like migraines that will cause you to have some serious symptoms. They tend to put a damper on your day and can even prohibit you from going out and being active. You will also find that if you have a lot of caffeine you could get a headache. Some times it is just as important to watch what you eat, as it is, to getting professional, medical attention. You will find that there are some natural supplements to help you with your migraine headaches. You will find that these natural supplements are not FDA regulated, so you will want to do some research to see if you are even able to mix the supplements with your other medication.

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There is a symptom of Fibromyalgia (FM) that is rarely talked about, yet is very prevalent among sufferers and quite scary at the first onset. It is called Costochondritis.

It is a chest pain that can be sharp and jabbing. It can easily be mistaken for heart problems including heart attack and stroke. Actually it is the cartilage between the ribs and the chest bone becoming inflamed and sore. You will probably find it hard to move your upper body without the sharp pain in your chest. It takes you off guard. Costochondritis affects about 70% of FM sufferers. The pain can last for days or even months, and can reappear at anytime.

Symptoms of Costochondritis

  • sharp, stabbing pain in the front of the chest
  • ribs that are sore to the touch
  • pain on the left or right side of the chest
  • upper chest pains
  • burning pain in the ribs
  • pain that radiates up the back of the neck and shoulders
  • pain in your chest when you sneeze or cough
  • pain that increases with activity, exertion, or deep breathing
  • pain that decreases with rest, movement, or slow breathing

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Interesting New Study Finds Possible Cause of Fibromyalgia

We’ve all heard many, many claims of a possible cause of Fibromyalgia before. This one is different, and plausible sounding. Even better, it could lead to real treatments that work. Note I’m still a bit skeptical on an actual cure, but read on.

A New York based research company called Intidyn (Integrated Tissue Dynamics), discovered an unknown nervous tissue function among blood cells three years ago. As published in the medical journal PAIN.

As Dr. Rice explained, “we analyzed the skin of a particularly interesting patient who lacked all the numerous varieties of sensory nerve endings in the skin that supposedly accounted for our highly sensitive and richly nuanced sense of touch. Interestingly however, this patient had surprisingly normal function in day to day tasks. But, the only sensory endings we detected in his skin were those around the blood vessels”. Dr. Rice continued, “We previously thought that these nerve endings were only involved in regulating blood flow at a subconscious level, yet here we had evidence that the blood vessel endings could also contribute to our conscious sense of touch… and also pain.”

What followed was a study made by renowned Albany Medical Center neurologist and pain specialist Dr. Charles E. Argoff and postdoctoral researcher Dr. Quanzhi Hou of a small skin biopsy in the hands of Fibromyalgia patients. They discovered that these Fibromyalgia patients had “an enormous increase in sensory nerve fibers at specific sites within the blood vessels of the skin. These critical sites are tiny muscular valves, called arteriole-venule (AV) shunts, which form a direct connection between arterioles and venules (see diagram).”

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I’m a Doctor. Here Are 5 Lessons I Only Learned About Fibromyalgia Once I Developed It Myself.

By: Ginevra Liptan
The Mighty

The mysterious fatigue and muscle pain started during my second year of medical school. Finally it was diagnosed as fibromyalgia, which started me on a crash course towards learning what it was like to have an invisible illness, one that remains poorly misunderstood and marred by stigma.

My first lesson came one day during teaching rounds, when my senior physician authoritatively announced, “Fibromyalgia does not exist.” I quickly learned that many doctors, even my closest friends in medical school, didn’t believe the illness was real and dismissed sufferers as hypochondriacs or “hysterical women.”

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5 best bra brand recommend for fibromyalgia woman

When you’re dealing with the skin sensitivities and widespread pain of fibromyalgia, the last thing you probably want to do is put on a bra. If you’re at home, wearing several layers or have a small chest, you may feel totally comfortable skipping a bra entirely-and that’s great! But for many women, there are occasions when a bra feels necessary. Perhaps you feel physically uncomfortable and unsupported without one, or you need to go run errands and feel self-conscious skipping it.

On these occasions, you’ll want a bra that’s soft, isn’t too tight and doesn’t add to the pain you’re already feeling. As any person with fibromyalgia who’s gone bra shopping knows, many bra styles and brands just won’t work. 

True & Co.

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“True & Co. True Body Collection. So comfy! Feels like wearing nothing!” said Jess Pflieger.

2. Glamorise

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“Glamorise sports bra! It is all I can wear. I am a 44G and it is the only type that holds them up without underwire and doesn’t make my neck and back hurt,” Adrienne Heeren said. “Anytime I try to wear a different bra within a couple of hours the pain becomes unbearable.”

3. Maidenform

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“Maidenform has been my life saver!” said Kelsi Jones. “It actually has great support, looks cute and the straps are soft and wide enough that they don’t dig in.”

4. Miss Mary of Sweden

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“Miss Mary of Sweden make a really good front fastening posture bra. When my arms are tired or painful I can’t handle a back fastening bra, even fastening it at the front and twisting it around isn’t an option,” Sophie Robinson explained. “When I’m tired I know I slouch, being rather top heavy this means going bra-free causes even more posture problems. It doesn’t completely solve the problem but it definitely helps. Definitely not a thing of beauty but I really don’t care!”

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Fibromyalgia Pain: is Your Bras Causing it More ?

Fibromyalgia Pain: is Your Bras Causing it More ?

Fibromyalgia has its regular side effects, but in addition to this numerous fibro patients in addition to these side effects also have another condition called Costochondritis. This causes them anguish in the bosom and ribcage locales which is so painful and frustrating that they can’t even wear a bra. Meanwhile that you practice the ill effects of Costochondritis, wearing the right bra can lessen the pain in total.

What is Costochondritis?

In definition, costochondritis is the annoyance of the ligament that connections the ribs to the breastbone. A little bit of fibromyalgia tortured starts with this agony. It occurs suddenly and causes horrible mid-section suffering. Dependent upon the measure of annoyance a patient suffers, the torture can be somewhat resistance or greatly unbearable. Normally, individuals portray what they practice as burning, hurtful or aching torture. Some even narrate the agony to a heart stabbing.

Side effects of Costochondritis

Fibromyalgia patients frequently demonstrate side effects of costochondritis which include:

Doing some sort of action or physical work reduces the pain in the ribcage and mid-section. while breathing the pain is intense, sniffling and hacking due to extension of the kindled ligament. Pain originate from the mid-section to the arms and bears and, in this way, copies a heart stabbing. Regular pain is normally joined by irritation or redness, a condition known as Tietze’s Syndrome.

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Fibromyalgia is Linked to Childhood Stress and Unprocessed Negative Emotions

People who suffer with fibromyalgia can all agree that they have never been told that any one thing caused the onset of their symptoms, and medical professionals will all agree that there does not seem to be one specific cause of fibromyalgia. However, more recently doctors and researchers have been looking into trauma as being a major factor related to the onset of fibromyalgia in some people.

Whether it’s physical trauma, PTSD, emotional trauma or childhood trauma, there seems to be a link with the onset of fibromyalgia. One thing is clear however, for those who suffer from fibromyalgia, the areas in the brain that are responsible for reaction to pain is very different than for those who do not have fibromyalgia. In those patients who suffer from fibromyalgia there appears to be a decrease in the opioid receptors in the brain that can affect the emotional aspect of pain.

Fibromyalgia essentially may be a change in the central nervous system that causes a heightened response to pain, or essentially, pain reception or response in the brain gets thrown out of balance which may be attributed now to trauma or injury.

Fibromyalgia is linked to chronic childhood stress and conflict with parents

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Diabetes and Fibromyalgia: Is there a link between the two?

FMS (Fibromyalgia syndrome) literally means pain in the fibrous tissues, the most common symptoms being widespread musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. The disorder has only gained increasing recognition in the past twenty years but unfortunately, the causes of Fibromyalgia remain unknown.

Diabetes and Fibromyalgia syndrome are linked conditions. There have been studies that have evaluated concomitant conditions occurring with fibromyalgia. One aspect is to look for the association of fibromyalgia with diabetes mellitus. One such study looked at the prevalence of diabetes type 1 and type 2 among patients with fibromyalgia.

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