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    1. WebMD Fibromyalgia Community: Do I Have Fibromyalgia? Misdiagnosed?

      One member of WebMD’s fibromyalgia community wonders if it's possible that she has been misdiagnosed with fibromyalgia. “My pain is centered in my lower back. I was under the impression that fibromyalgia affects the whole body,” she says. She has back spasms and can’t sit for an extended amount of t

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    2. WebMD Fibromyalgia Community: Fatigue and Fibromyalgia -- A Sleep Test Can Help

      Fatigue that doesn’t go away is one of the most common fibromyalgia symptoms. In many cases, people with fibromyalgia wake up feeling more tired than when they went to bed. This was the case for one member of WebMD’s fibromyalgia community. She decided to have a sleep study to find out if sleep apne

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    3. 5 Things RA Can Teach Your Kids

      That doesn't sound right, does it? The last thing rheumatoid arthritis does is help anyone, least of all you as a parent or your kids, right? Some days RA can keep you from doing all the things you’d like to do. It makes it harder to open a jar of baby food, braid hair, or play catch. But moms with

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    4. Moms With RA: Helping Your Family Understand Pain

      When Keri Cawthorne was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis last year, one of her biggest concerns was how it would affect her 10-year-old daughter. “She watched me go through all the emotions. I wasn’t dying, I didn’t have cancer, but it was a hard one to take,” says Cawthorne, a fitness instructor

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    5. Eating for 2: Your RA Pregnancy Diet

      Amy Louise Nelson, 34, packed on 50 pounds during her first pregnancy and 40 pounds during her second. While she was able to lose the weight rather quickly after she delivered, the extra pounds took a toll on her already damaged joints. Nelson, a stay-at-home mother in Rochester, Minn., was diagnose

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    6. Losing Pregnancy Weight When You've Got RA

      It can be hard to find the time and energy to exercise when you have a newborn at home. If you also have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and are having a flare, exercise may be the very last thing you feel like doing. RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks its own joints. RA tend

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    7. Fibromyalgia: Questions for and From Your Doctor

      When you have fibromyalgia, visits to the doctor can be confusing and frustrating as you search for answers and treatment for the many different fibromyalgia symptoms you may have. You may have many different symptoms and lots of questions. It can be hard to know how to address all your concerns in

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    8. Finding Dr. Right for Your Fibromyalgia

      Not every doctor understands fibromyalgia well -- yet it's critical to find one who is up to date on the latest fibromyalgia treatment and research. Wherever you live, you'll have to do some research to find a health care provider who is the best fit for you. Here's the good news: "It's easier now t

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    9. Treating Fibromyalgia Pain: Medication Options

      If you have fibromyalgia pain, hang in there -- pain relief is possible. Today doctors have better insight into fibromyalgia, and are using many types of medications to treat its symptoms. Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, narcolepsy drugs, pain relievers, sleep aids -- when used to treat fibromyalg

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    10. Water Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Easing Deep Muscle Pain

      If you have fibromyalgia pain, you're likely clenching right now. "Clenching is an involuntary reaction to stress," says Doris Cope, MD, director of Pain Management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. "People tense their muscles, and probably don't even realize they're doing it. That red

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