317 St. Francis Dr. Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601


317 St. Francis Dr.
Suite 350
Greenville, SC 29601
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Aches & Pains

Empathizing with the Pain of Fibromyalgia

In many ways, fibromyalgia is a lot like mental illness – no-one can tell from looking at you that you have it, and there’s no way of proving to people how debilitating it can be. Ironically, depression is a common aspect of fibromyalgia, so in effect you get two invisible illnesses for the price of one. The invisibility of these conditions makes it hard for people to understand the pain you are feeling, and this lack of empathy can make you wish you had something more obvious wrong with you, such as a broken leg. Nice plaster cast, crutches, immediate understanding from everyone who sees you that you have been through an extremely painful ordeal. The other advantage of having a broken leg is that it should heal completely in a reasonable length of time, whereas with fibromyalgia there’s no knowing when, if ever, your symptoms will be resolved.

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Fibromyalgia: It’s Not “All In Your Head”!

Fibromyalgia | Piedmont PMR

 

If you suffer from the miserable symptoms of fibromyalgia you may be weary of skeptics claiming it’s “all in your head.”  Many people with fibromyalgia feel that family and friends don’t fully understand what they’re going through, or even believe their painful symptoms are real. As a result, they lack necessary support, and their struggles with fibromyalgia become even more difficult to manage.

Unfortunately, there is no single reproducible, objective test for fibromyalgia, which is why some doctors still question the validity of the disorder. While the exact cause of fibromyalgia continues to remain a mystery, it is becoming more widely accepted in medical circles as a real and serious health condition.

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Do Hurricanes Make You Hurt?

While it’s obvious that hurricanes can cause massive physical damage, when one is brewing many people complain of increased joint pain, headaches, and painful flare-ups of older injuries.  In fact, when Hurricane Irma recently hit Florida, the Naples News advised their readers to blame the hurricane if they noticed severe headaches and migraines.   It is not uncommon for people who live near or even farther away from the storm to complain of increased musculoskeletal symptoms.

But claims of weather-related pain aren’t confined to hurricane season.  Many people insist they feel aches and pains, including neck, back, and even chronic widespread pain whenever a front is on the way.  At the extremes of temperature (very cold or very hot) the more pronounced this can be.  And that’s why some claim they can predict an approaching storm when they feel pain in one or more joints. You may have an aunt who can forecast stormy weather when her trick knee starts hurting, or a grandmother who says her arthritis always flares up before damp weather.  This is more, much more, then a wives tale.

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