Monday, August 13, 2012

Fibromyalgia In Depth

Fibromyalgia also known as fibromyositis or fibrositis is a common syndrome in which a person has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft body tissues.  It has also been linked to fatigue, sleep problems, headaches, depression, and anxiety.  The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but possible causes or symtoms include: physical or emotional trauma, abnormal pain response, sleep disturbances, and virus, although no virus has been identified.  It is most common in women 20 to 50 years of age.  The following conditions can be associated with fibromyalgia or mimic its symptoms: chronic neck or back pain, depression, chronic fatigue, hyperthyroidism (underactive thyroid), lyme disease, or sleep disorders.  Pain can be mild to severe.  Other sypmtoms include: irritable bowel symdrome (IBS), memory and concentration problems, palpitations, tension or migrane headaches, etc.  To be diagnosed you have to have at least three months of these symptoms, there is no specific medical test to diagnose it.  Treatment includes: physical therapy, an exercise and fitness program (specifically for this or it could do more harm than good), and massage.  Medications used to treat it include: muscle relaxants and pain relievers, sleep aids and antidepressants can also be helpful (with any chronic pain a common result is depression).  Fibromyalgia is a long-term disorder and symptoms can get better or worse and last months or years depending on the patient and how they react to treatment.  Make sure to contact your physician if you are experiencing these symtoms in this combination, if you have one or two, do not get scared, diagnoses are more in depth than that.  Stay Informed!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the info you've share to us. It really gives me an idea on what is Fibromyalgia all about..