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All About FibromyalgiaA Guide for Patients and their Families$
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Daniel J. Wallace and Janice Brock Wallace

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780195147537.001.0001

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What Conditions are Associated with Fibromyalgia?

What Conditions are Associated with Fibromyalgia?

13 What Conditions are Associated with Fibromyalgia?
All About Fibromyalgia

Daniel J. Wallace

Janice Brock Wallace

Oxford University Press

The perception of fibromyalgia as a distinct syndrome is relatively new. As recounted in chapter 1, healers and sufferers have struggled to define what people have and how they feel with regard to widespread pain and fatigue complaints since the time of Job. Throughout this century, patients with fibromyalgia-like complaints have been diagnosed by physicians as having all types of conditions, syndromes, and diseases. Many of these overlap with fibromyalgia and this chapter focuses on the most important ones. Friends always thought Kathy was an overachiever. They marveled that she could be an exemplary mother devoted to her two children and hold down a high-powered executive position while still finding time to run the church auxiliary and play tennis six hours a week. When she missed work for three days with a temperature of 102°F, a sore throat, cough, and swollen neck glands, nobody anticipated what followed. Although she returned to work the next week, it was clear that something had changed. Kathy was too tired to play tennis and started going to bed early. She began having difficulty thinking clearly and complained to her doctor about a “fog” in her brain. When the weather changed, Kathy reported being more stiff and achy. Ultimately, Kathy was diagnosed as having a postinfectious fatigue syndrome. She took a leave of absence from her job, but the company hired her as a consultant to help out with specific projects, which allowed her to work at a more leisurely pace. After 18 months, she returned to her job. Kathy seemed to be herself but was working at about 80 percent of her previous level. The codification and “legitimization” of fibromyalgia with statistically validated criteria has paralleled similar initiatives concerning chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Chapter 1 recounted some of the earlier insights and efforts. An acute infection is often characterized by fever, swollen glands, and either a cold/bronchitis, a stomach/intestinal condition, or an aching/debilitating presentation. As the body fights infection and makes antibodies against microbes, acute symptoms and signs start to disappear and most of the time patients feel much better.

Keywords:   alcohol, biofeedback, causalgia, drug withdrawal, eosinophilic fascitis, fluid retention, globus hystericus, heroin withdrawal, infections, menopause

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