Knowing your Body

ARISTACARE AT CEDAR OAKS, 1311 Durham Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080,
Attn: Vimla Parboji or email Vimla directly at
Vimla will make sure the appropriate professional/specialist answers your question.

Q:  Wendy suffers from osteoarthritis but her pain lately seems to be a bit more widespread she is now worried that it could be Fibromyalgia. So she writes in to ask what are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

A:  Fibromyalgia causes you to ache all over. You may have symptoms of crippling fatigue -- even on arising. Specific tender points on the body may be painful to touch. You may experience swelling, disturbances in deep-level or restful sleep, and mood disturbances or depression.

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Your muscles may feel like they have been overworked or pulled. They'll feel that way even without excercise or another cause. Sometimes, your muscles twitch, burn, or have deep stabbing pain.

Some patients with fibromyalgia have pain and achiness around the joints in the neck, shoulder, back, and hips. This makes it difficult for them to sleep or exercise. Other Fibromyalgia symptoms include: 

Abdominal pain, Chronic headaches, Dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes, Hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat, Inability to concentrate (called "fibro fog"), Incontinence, Irritable bowel syndrome, Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet, Stiffness.

Fibromyalgia can cause signs and feelings similar to osteoarthritis, bursitis,and tendinitis. Some experts include it in this group of arthritis and related disorders. However, while the pain of bursitis or tendinitis is localized to a specific area, pain and stiffness with fibromyalgia are widespread. Of course Wendy you should make an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as possible. So that you can the answers as to what is causing your pain and your treatment can begin as early as possible.


Best Wishes,


Vimla Parboji




Vimla’s role at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks is Physician and Community Liaison and she does exactly that. She is an integral part of our Marketing Team and connects with our physicians on a weekly basis and also the community through internal and external events sponsored by AristaCare. She was born in

Guyana, South America and has lived in Edison for the past 14 yrs. She graduated Rutgers with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is recently married and in her spare time loves to read, watch a good movie, cook, and be active outdoors. Vimla will make sure that the appropriate professional at AristaCare at Cedar Oaks will answer your healthcare questions, so be sure to send them in!!

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of or anyone who works for is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

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