Fibromyalgia? Your Googlechondriac Questions Answered


How many people have chronic muscle pain, stiff joints and headaches? Well, whatever you do –don’t Google fibromyalgia because you’ll think you have it.

“A lot of people come in with a diagnosis, self-diagnosis of fibromyalgia,” Dr. Jane Sadler of Baylor-Garland said.

According to the CDC 5 million Americans have fibromyalgia–a condition that causes widespread pain and something called Fibro Fog which makes it hard to concentrate.

Dr. Sadler said it’s hard to diagnose but patients swear they have it.

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“A lot of them really don’t have fibromyalgia,” Dr. Sadler said. “A lot of them have simply sprained their neck or have tension headaches or perhaps they’ve begun an exercise program and perhaps they’re not exercising enough.”

In other words–a lot has to be ruled out before fibromyalgia can be ruled in.

“There is no blood test for fibromyalgia,” Dr. Sadler said. “Fibromyalgia is simply a combination of symptoms that when grouped together define the diagnosis or the definition of fibromyalgia.”

Dr. Sadler added that to be clinically diagnosed patients must have the same symptoms at the same pain level for three months.

By that point it’s probably not exercise related–but it could be drugs you’re taking for something else.

“Sometimes medications can make muscles hurt, certain medications for cholesterol called statin drugs can cause muscle pain,” Dr. Sadler said. “Antibiotics can also cause muscle pain in some people.”

Dr. Sadler said if you’re still convinced you have fibromyalgia–see your doctor and in the meantime try yoga and meditation–you’ll feel better no matter what.

“Stretching of the muscles is one of the best things you can do to release your natural endorphins and make your body feel better whether your muscle pain is due to fibromyalgia or some other cause,” Dr. Sadler said.


10 Comments to “Fibromyalgia? Your Googlechondriac Questions Answered”

    April said:
    January 17, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    If you really had Fibromyalgia (as I do), you would never joke about it like this guy does. Googlechrondirac …all I can say is shame on you!!

    Celeste Cooper said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Fibromyalgia is a great deal more than muscle aches and a minor occasional headache. We are talking severe disabling muscle pain and function. The primary symptoms of fibromyalgia are wide-spread muscle pain, cognitive dysfunction, and NON-RESTORATIVE SLEEP lasting more than three months! It is often accompanied by specific clustering disorders, such as SEVERE chronic (more than 2 per week) headache, IBS, SICCA, RLS, bruxism, TMD, chronic myofascial pain, Sjogren's, Raynaud's, hypothyroidism, Ankylosing Spondylitis, bladder difficulties including autoimmune interstitial cystitis, RA, and SLE.

    Storyteller, you need to do your homework before making such flippant remarks. To all my fellow FM survivors (despite the comments of said author)…In healing and hope, Celeste Cooper, RN, author, Sharecare Fibromyalgia Expert and Patient.

    Celeste Cooper said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    PS, you would have better served the fibromyalgia community by simply posting the video by Dr. Sadler without your comments. Celeste Cooper, RN

    lurkertype said:
    January 19, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Snarky comments from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about don't help either the mistaken people or the real sufferers. This is the same sort of attitude that kept multiple sclerosis untreated and unstudied for so many years. "Oh, sometimes they can walk and sometimes they can't, it must not be real!"

    Diagnosis isn't that hard.

      Celeste Cooper said:
      January 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      So true. MS was once called "hysterical paralysis," and migraines were thought to be a mental health disorder in dissatisfied women. It wasn't until men started complaining of the symptoms that credibility was given to solid research. I imagine the sexual bias is alive and well in FM. They are getting close to a biological marker for FM. Unfortunately, the "story tellers" of the world will most likely not change their opinion, because they are not well informed.

    MKZ said:
    January 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    True education about a disease should be a requirement before posting. I suggest you actually research what the symptoms and treatments actually comprise. While hypochondriacs exist as they have always existed; to merely write off a large number of persons this way is disappointing.

    Missy Phit said:
    January 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    I wish I were only a googlechondriac, it would make life so much simpler. Instead I get to deal with not knowing from day to day whether this will be the day that I am unable to make it out of bed, even though being in bed hurts.

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