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Sunday, June 23, 2013

What the heck is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue (feeling tired). People with fibromyalgia have “tender points” on the body. Tender points are specific places on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, and legs. These points hurt when pressure is put on them.

People with fibromyalgia may also have other symptoms, such as:

  • Trouble sleeping
  • Morning stiffness
  • Headaches 
  • Painful menstrual periods 
  • Tingling or numbness in hands and feet 
  •  Problems with thinking and memory (sometimes called “fibro fog”). 

A person may have two or more coexisting chronic pain conditions. Such conditions can include chronic fatigue syndrome, endometriosis, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint dysfunction, and vulvodynia. It is not known whether these disorders share a common cause.

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The causes of fibromyalgia are unknown. There may be a number of factors involved. Fibromyalgia has been linked to:

  • Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents 
  • Repetitive injuries
  • Illness Certain diseases. 

Fibromyalgia can also occur on its own.

Some scientists think that a gene or genes might be involved in fibromyalgia. The genes could make a person react strongly to things that other people would not find painful.

Who Is Affected by Fibromyalgia?

Scientists estimate that fibromyalgia affects 5 million Americans 18 or older. Between 80 and 90 percent of people diagnosed with fibromyalgia are women. However, men and children also can have the disorder. Most people are diagnosed during middle age.

People with certain other diseases may be more likely to have fibromyalgia. These diseases include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis 
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (commonly called lupus)
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (spinal arthritis). 

Women who have a family member with fibromyalgia may be more likely to have fibromyalgia themselves.

Info obtained from: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/fibromyalgia_ff.asp

3 comments:

McGuffy Ann said...

This is a great post. I have RA and Sarcoidosis. I also have FMS. Thank you for doing this post; people need to understand.

Bernie Kaufman said...

Great Post...

Judy SheldonWalker said...

I love researching natural remedies, but not having ever experienced fibromyalgia I cannot actually attest to the usefulness of this information but wanted to offer it in case you would like to dig deeper and discuss it with your physician; malic acid (magnesium maleate)coupled with boswellin (an Ayurvedic herb). There are no known side effects as has been found with some medications that once a dose is missed the pain comes roaring back and complications resulting from side effects. When my youngest was small I gave him a herb known to help with ADHD behavior problems and was told it is also useful for treating fibromyalgia. That is pycnogenol. You also might want to consider Life Plus which consists of very strong and helpful antioxidants. I hope you find relief.