Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional bowel disorder characterised by recurrent crampy abdominal pain and diarrhea. Invasive gastrointestinal diagnostics are often unrevealing.

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A migraine headache is an often familial symptom complex of periodic attacks of vascular headache, usually temporal and unilateral in onset, commonly associated with irritability, nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea and often photophobia, attacks are preceded by constriction of the cranial arteries, usually with resultant prodromal sensory (especially ocular) symptoms and commence with the vasodilation that follows.

(Origin: Gr. hemikrania = an affection of half of the head.)

Chronic fatigue is an unusual illness, of uncertain cause, that is characterised by unexplained fatigue, weakness, muscle pain, lymph node swelling and malaise.

My story is central sensitization. Chronic Fatigue Immune Deficiency Syndrome (CFIDS) and fibromyalgia are too similar. Maybe the same disease, with small variance that is so common in many pain scenarios. I've never heard two people who describe back pain the same way. Why should chronic fatigue and the Fibro 5 be any different? Similarities exceed chance. Doctors should know this.

This is not a benign disease. Neither is fibromyalgia. Like fibromyalgia, otherwise healthy people unexplainably evolve to near incapacitation. Not fatal, but a devastating life experience. Not curable, but treatable. Are these people crazy? No. Do you have these symptoms? Fatigue, muscle ache, headaches, poor restorative sleep, pelvic pain, abdominal pain, lymph node pain, joint pain, depression, memory disturbance, difficulty with concentration, thought patterns, dizziness, visual disturbances, sexual dysfunction and multiple allergies. All common to this disease, exceeding chance.

Sound a little familiar? Fibromyalgia? Irritable Bowel? The Fibro 5?

Interstitial cystitis is a chronic inflammatory condition of the bladder. The cause of interstitial cystitis is unknown, but occurs more commonly in females. Symptoms include difficulty urinating, pain on urination, urinary urgency and increased frequency of urination.

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Fibromyalgia is a complex problem. Don't jump to conclusions based on the common lay-press interpretation and erroneous assumptions made by less-than-informed individuals. While it is important to stay abreast of current information, this evolving understanding of fibromyalgia is just beginning to unfold. Specifically, it is an assertion that it is a disease of the central nervous system. I'm not countering by saying it's a multiple sclerosis type problem but a problem of what I call "central activation". This is a complex discussion. In my book, I do what I can to bring it down to human terms. I do not believe fibromyalgia is a muscular disease and to focus on only the muscles and the associated symptoms is missing the big picture.

 

The "Fibro Five" is a term referring to:

Fibromyalgia and the rest of The Fibro 5 share a common pathophysiologic mechanism. To make this gross generalization, I must reach a little, but to obtain a better understanding in where this disease evolves is important to understanding the disease and its progression.

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