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Fibromyalgia, CRPS and RSD – Fact or Fiction?

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Both fibromyalgia and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), which is also known chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS), are chronic disorders that are often poorly understood. These conditions aren’t as widely discussed as other mainstream medical conditions. As a consequence, there are many myths and misunderstandings surrounding both conditions.

Fibromyalgia and RSD/CRPS are Newly Discovered Diseases

No. Both conditions were first recognized in the 19th century, but they have had a variety of names. Fibromyalgia, for example, was first described in the 1800s under the name of “muscular rheumatism.” Over the next century or so, it was also called neurasthenia, fibrositis, and myalgia. The current name was adopted in 1976. RSD/CRPS was first described during the Civil War and has also been mentioned in the literature under several different titles.

4 Overlooked Scoliosis Relief Tips

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Scoliosis is the term used to describe an abnormal curvature of the spine. It occurs most frequently in children and teens. Scoliosis is an idiopathic condition, meaning that there is no precise reason as to why it occurs. While in a majority of cases treatment is not needed, scoliosis can cause back and neck discomfort as well as aches and pain throughout the course of the sufferer’s life. There are several different avenues for scoliosis pain relief, but here is a list of several overlooked pain relief tips.

Habits to Adopt for Neck, Back and Scoliosis Care

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Scoliosis is a condition characterized by an abnormal shape of the spine and affects 3 out of every 100 people. Severity of the curvature varies, with some patients experiencing no symptoms at all while others are in constant or regular pain. The curve of the spine associated with scoliosis may appear in the shape of a “C” or an “S,” usually spanning to the left and/or right side of the body (not front and back).

Scoliosis can affect anyone and there is no singular cause. Most cases are idiopathic (which means we don’t know why it occurred) but structural causes, due to factors like a short leg or pigeon toeing, inter-utero factors like a foot breach presentation, and even hereditary factors can all play a role. For many, symptoms appear during childhood and get more severe with age. As the curve of the spine becomes more severe, neck, shoulder and back pain can become intense and chronic. Usually by time someone reaches their late teens they can rest assured that the curve will not progress any further however.