As a Fibromyalgia sufferer myself I know that pain from Fibromyalgia can be just about anywhere in your body with extreme sensitive tender points, stiffness, chronic fatigue, IBS symptoms and much more. But, the question is how do we know if the pain could be something a little more sinister than Fibromyalgia ?

I have read on numerous websites, blogs, Facebook groups, and forums how many patients new symptoms can be ignored or even dismissed as just another possible problem linked to Fibromyalgia.

As we start to mature in age there are many other conditions which these symptoms could imply. Simply checking yourself for such conditions can be quite painful and off putting but none of us are Doctors so we can only listen to their advice.

Even a leaflet with suggestions of other conditions that mimic Fibromyalgia like rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, Lyme disease, and lupus to name a few could be useful. But should we be looking out for anything else that is not linked to these types of conditions ?

With my skeletal problems in my cervical and lumbar spine and my diagnosis of Fibromyalgia and IBS I simply put any symptoms new or old as something I just have to live with as it must be coming from one of my conditions.

Webmd wrote that there are some symptoms which can overlap with the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia which could possibly be a more serious disease like Hypothyroidism, Sleep Apnea, or Malignancy. Of course it can also apply that a person with a coexisting condition like Lyme disease, or arthritis could also have Fibromyalgia.

They finish by saying that ‘ Health professionals, especially those unfamiliar with Fibro, May limit themselves to treating one disease and fail to check whether Fibro could be contributing to the symptoms”.

What are your thoughts on this ? I find it a very interesting topic and I suppose the only solution at the moment is for us all to be vigilant and check our own bodies on a regular basis.



With stem cell therapy being used for a number of medical condition it was no surprise to stroll across a website that said they are now using it to treat Fibromyalgia.

Apparently the cell searches out and in fact detects and then attempts to repair any damage or deficiency discovered, as well as releases growth factors, which stimulate the body’s own repair mechanisms.

‘A medical procedure whereby Human Fetal Stem Cells are transplanted into a Fibromyalgia patient These cellular building blocks are usually administered intravenously and subcutaneously (under the skin) It is a painless procedure, which takes place in approximately one hour, and has no known negative side effects.’

They say that ‘significant positive change are seen between three to six months post treatment, but can occur in as little as weeks or even days after receiving treatment’.

They can take the structure and function of existing cells. For example, if doctors introduce them to the muscle tissue, those cells also become muscle tissues.

Stem Cell Research says that Stem Cell For fibromyalgia patients, could mean stimulating the body’s natural healing process. They can reduce the dependency on medications. They can also deal with the root cause by developing new muscle tissues. In the process, they can reduce or eliminate pain.

To treat a condition with stem cells is also simple. A patient visits a stem cell therapy doctor. The doctor performs the necessary evaluation and then harvests the existing stem cells. Once ready, the physician injects these stem cells into the painful areas.

There are a number of different types of stem cell treatments as shown in this infographic from Stem Cell Research.


According to My Fibro Team, tai chi is one of the first choice of treatments for Fibromyalgia pain.

A new study was led my Dr. Chenchen Wang, of the Causes for Complementary and Integrative Medicine at Tufts Medical Centre in Boston.

His study included 226 adults who had Fibromyalgia for an average of nine years. The patients were an average age of 52 and the vast majority were females. None of the patients had tried tai chi nor any other type of alternative therapy for six months before the study started.

The findings showed that NONE of the patients who engaged in the tai chi reported any negative side effect or complication. One patient said it had helped to improve balance, reduce anxiety and manage pain.

The NHS has a guide to tai chi which says Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

It is essentially a gentle activity that is unlikely to cause injury if done correctly. The exercises involve lots of flowing, easy movements that don’t stress the joints or muscles.


Fibromyalgia flares are something most Fibromyalgia sufferers go through and is a dreaded part of Fibro. They can make your life very miserable.

One thing I found helped me with a flare-up was by writing it in my diary when it happened and what I did to help with it and if it helped.

I also have a list of all the things I enjoy that take me away from my pain like one of my hobbies (making cards) and baking but maybe for you it’s Tai Chi or Yoga that helps. Just knowing something that works will help get through the flare-up.

Make a note in your diary of a particular treatment that helped or a medication or piece of equipment like a tens machine that helped.

Knowing that there is something you can do, use or otherwise for your flare-up, will get you through the worst days and back to controlling it as you normally do.