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We thought that my mother’s tiredness and muscle pain, especially in the area of her legs and arms, were side effects of statins (she is 56 and has very high level of cholesterol, so she uses statins to reduce it). But then her doctor reduced the dose of statins and my mother was still very tired, her shoulders were very stiff and specific spots on her body just hurt abnormally. He mentioned fibromyalgia. What is it and how to fight it? This doctor did not recommend medicines.

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Fibromyalgia is a very common disorder that manifests in inexplicable pain, fatigue and exhaustion and the existence of “tender points” on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs which hurt when pressed. Tingling sensations, headaches and insomnia are among symptoms too. The cause is not known ant there is no specific treatment for this disorder. Fibromyalgia usually stays for ever with you, you cannot cure it, but you can try to make your life easier with it. It is not dangerous, just annoying and unpleasant. Your mother’s doctor is obviously aware of her condition and he will apply all methods available to treat it (some doctors who are not experienced enough have trouble recognising it). The drugs involved in these situations are pain relief drugs, sleeping pills, analgesics and antidepressants - the doctor will opt for one of these drugs based on your mother’s overall condition. Other actions he might suggest are yoga treatment, massage therapy, acupressure and acupuncture and a visit to a good chiropractor. Your mother should also try to lead a healthy life style, exercise if possible, get enough sleep, and reduce stress. This should help in overcoming at least some of the problems associated with fibromyalgia.
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