Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that affects muscles and joints and is marked by fatigue and headaches. Fibromyalgia can be a difficult condition to diagnose, and an even harder one to live with. Learn more about its symptoms, as well as how the disorder is diagnosed and treated, and where you can go for help.
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What is Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a complex, chronic, and debilitating condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal stiffness and pain, in conjunction with specific tender (â€œtriggerâ€) points, generalized fatigue, and sleep disturbance. People with this syndrome may also experience gastrointestinal disorders, headaches, trouble concentrating, or psychological symptoms, such as Anxiety or Depression.
How To Sleep Well Despite Fibromyalgia If you're suffering with fibromyalgia, there's a good chance you might also be having a difficult time enjoying a good night's sleep. Those who have fibromyalgia report a wide range of sleep difficulties, including a hard time getting to sleep, continual awakening throughout the night, as well as sleep apnea (characterized by abnorma...Read more
The exact cause is unknown. The following conditions are commonly associated with fibromyalgia: Depression and AnxietyMuscle pain Chronic headache, such as Muscle Contraction Headache (frequently beginning with neck discomfort) Numbness and tinglingSensation of swollen hands and edema (swelling u...
Possible Cause of Fibromyalgia Discovered One of the biggest struggles for those suffering from Fibromyalgia (FMS) is the difficulty in receiving a proper diagnosis. Since the cause of the disorder is unknown, doctors have always been hesitant to diagnose it. But there's good news. Recent studies may have found the disorders source: an abnormality in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal glan...Read more
Symptoms of fibromyalgia may vary in severity from person to person, ranging from mild to very debilitating. In addition, the symptoms vary from day-to-day or from month-to-month. Although symptoms may be extremely uncomfortable and often cause psychological stress, they rarely cause permanent phy...
Fibromyalgia: New Diagnosis Fibromyalgia is very real and very painful. We just haven't had a good way to diagnose it. That's the message of a new study developed by Robert Katz, MD, a professor of medicine at Rush University Medical Center. To diagnose patients, doctors have been relying on the "tender point examination," in which they test to see if the patient experiences ...Read more
Because researchers have such a limited understanding of the cause(s) of fibromyalgia, there are no known ways to reduce your risk of developing this condition. ...
Coping Strategies for Fibromyalgia Sufferers Fibromyalgia is a painful disorder, and sometimes the pain can be so unbearable, it's easy for sufferers to feel helpless and distressed. And you're not alone. The National Institute of Health estimates that 5 million American adults suffer from the disorder, 80 to 90 percent of which are women. Dealing with the pain day in and day out, it's hard t...Read more
There is no cure for fibromyalgia. Therefore, treatment focuses on reducing pain and other symptoms. Treatment involves the following: Currently, there are no surgical options for the treatment of fibromyalgia. ...
Antidepressants Ease Fibromyalgia Symptoms Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a condition characterized by chronic pain, and people who suffer from it are often overly sensitive to stimulus that would not normally be painful. Other common symptoms include fatigue, muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating or remembering (fibro fog), and depression.While there is currently no cure fo...Read more
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