NFA QuestionsCategory: QuestionsCan FM be Progressive – Or Could it be a Second Condition?
michelep asked 8 months ago

I do realize that nobody may have an answer, but my pain (I was diagnosed with FM 6 years ago) has gotten steadily worse over the years. I can’t take medications, and have been treating it with simple OTC Ibuprofen and Tylenol (occasionally with a very low dose of a mild muscle relaxant called Tizanidine that seems to help and not cause issues), exercises, meditation, and have tried acupuncture (with not-so-good results). I have managed. I’ve had to. But it’s gotten to the point that I can hardly walk and I can’t do the things I must do: I can’t get in and out of the shower very well, can’t get groceries, do laundry, clean house, take out trash… I fear that if this continues, I will be crippled before long. I haven’t had good luck with doctors – they seem to think I’m faking or exaggerating the pain. None will refer me to a rheumatologist. I’m overwhelmingly frustrated! But my question is this: is FM normally progressive? I’ve researched it, and not found anything that suggests it. I wonder if I need to be checked for possible coexisting conditions? Thanks for reading.

Rose Bee replied 7 months ago

Hello

Have you been tested for a small fiber neuropathy? This would require a small 3 mm punch biopsy. Have you been screened for gluten sensitivity? By this I mean antigliadin antibodies. 

https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2020/07/08/fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-small-fiber-polyneuropathy/

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Rose answered 6 months ago

Hello
Have you been tested for a small fiber neuropathy? This would require a small 3 mm punch biopsy. Have you been screened for gluten sensitivity? By this I mean antigliadin antibodies.
https://www.healthrising.org/blog/2020/07/08/fibromyalgia-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-small-fiber-polyneuropathy/