WHEN FIBROMYALGIA WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED…

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Fibromyalgia was and still is a regularly misdiagnosed and misunderstood disease, yet it is the most common arthritis-related disease next to osteoarthritis. And while some feel the symptoms are part of growing older, Fibromyalgia is not a sign of ageing.

Symptoms were first described in the 1700’s, and in 1824, a Scottish physician described tender points (the hallmark of this disease) but the condition itself was first documented by a British surgeon William Balfour in 1816.

Medical literature began discussing the symptoms of it in the early 1900’s but it was not truly recognised nor treated until the late 1970s and 1980’s.

By 1989 the respected Textbook on Rheumatology, 3rd Edition, included a chapter on fibrositis, a term for the little understood condition at that time although in 1904, another British doctor, Sir William Gowers coined the phrase ‘fibrositis’ which described this chronic soft tissue syndrome.

It was thought that Dr. Nobel of the Nobel Prize fame, as well as Florence Nightingale suffered from this condition.

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10 thoughts on “WHEN FIBROMYALGIA WAS FIRST DIAGNOSED…

    • The photo is the cover of my CD of my last MRI Scan which I thought was quite appropriate for Fibro 🙂 Hope your thumb is ok and the move going well. 🙂

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    • It’s funny you should say that skip as my sister and I were only saying that about dad who is 87 and never done a day’s exercise in his life, like a tipple when he was younger, never spoked but is quite overweight and really only suffers from insulin dependant diabetes (which came about when mum died at 53) and creaky bones.

      It does also make my sister and I wonder if due to mum’s chain smoking habit that unfortunately it has left the two of us with different conditions, skeletel and rheumatic types though. My sister has Myasthenia Gravis and Polymyalgia which for her age is a chance in a million and more to have these conditions and I have a problem with my spine and after my last life threatening episode developed Fibromyalgia which they reckon was the shock that brought that on.

      May you continue to be well skip, have a lovely day 🙂

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      • I guess I must be one of the lucky ones. I have acted very smartly in regard to any possible health problems and I have always seriously considered helpful advice. I can only blame myself for any failures that might occur.

        May the sun shine brightly bringing you much better health and lots of much deserved happiness.

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      • Thank you skip, I’m in Hospital again on Friday for another spinal injection which is a little overdue but I don’t suffer as much in the summer as I do in the winter, but you don’t often hear me moan. However I will probably be skipping (not) around the garden on Friday night :))

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