Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in
joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems
commonly linked with Fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness,
sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and
anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other
musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic
*What they don't add in this article, but is very much a reality - is that
IBS (irritable bowel syndrome or spastic colon) goes along with this
syndrome. I personally have had this thing all my life, but it has gotten
much worse after menopause - with no hormones to help keep it in check.
Frozen shoulders are definitely a serious problem that comes with it.
Dyslexia seems to be another companion problem. I DO think it is a genetic
thing- as my family members have some symptoms or another, before me and
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia requires a history of a least three months of
widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in at least 11 of 18 tender-point
sites. These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the:
The overwhelming characteristic of Fibromyalgia is long-standing,
body-wide pain with defined tender points. Tender points are distinct from
trigger points seen in other pain syndromes. (Unlike tender points,
trigger points can occur in isolation and represent a source of radiating
pain, even in the absence of direct pressure.)
Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain experienced by people with various
types of arthritis. With Fibromyalgia syndrome alone, the significant
joint swelling, destruction, and deformity seen in patients with diseases,
such as rheumatoid arthritis does not occur.
The soft-tissue pain of Fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching,
radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe.
Fibromyalgia sufferers tend to waken with body aches and stiffness. *They
leave out skin patchy pain: areas of skin that suddenly become ULTRA
painful for hours and then it stops*
For some patients, pain improves during the day and increases again during
the evening, though many patients with Fibromyalgia have day-long,
unrelenting pain. Pain can increase with activity; cold, damp weather;
anxiety; and stress.
Fibromyositis; Fibrositis; Myofascial pain syndrome
The cause of this disorder is unknown. Physical or emotional trauma may
play a role in development of the syndrome. A number of lines of evidence
suggest that Fibromyalgia patients have abnormal pain transmission
responses. *In an newer newspaper article I have read that the
cause it thought to be miscommunication among nerve impulses in the
central nervous system, in other words the brain and spinal cord. This
"central sensitization" is when the neurons become excitable, exaggerating
the pain sensations. As a result FM patients feel intense pain when they
should only feel mild fatigue or discomfort.
The disorder has an increased frequency among women 20 to 50 years old.
The prevalence of the disease has been estimated between 0.7% and 13% for
women, and between 0.2% and 3.9% for men.
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