Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain in the muscles of the body and fatigue. People with Fibromyalgia have a number of “tender points” on the body and an increased sensitivity to various things that are not normally painful or unpleasant.
They can also experience high levels of fatigue that are disproportionate to their activity levels and sleep.
Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect about 5% of the population and tends to occur in women much more than men. The difficult thing about fibromyalgia is that there is no known cause, it isn’t an inflammatory disease, it isn’t a degenerative disease and it isn’t and autoimmune disease. This makes it difficult to diagnose and treat.
The onset of Fibromyalgia has been linked to:
a traumatic event that caused a physical injury
stressful/ traumatic life event such as a car accident or bereavement
disease/ illness – sudden onset illness or chronic illness (i.e IBS, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis)
The symptoms of Fibromyalgia vary for each individual but the most common symptoms are:
Widespread muscle pain, stiffness and tenderness in the muscles and joints
Fatigue – often disproportionate to the person’s level of activity or amount of sleep
Restless sleep or awakening after a long sleep and feeling tired for the rest of the day
Anxiety, depression & disturbances in bowel function
Poor memory or a feeling of brain “foggyness”
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