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Fibromyalgia/ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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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.

  • Causes Open Close

    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)

    sleep disturbance

  • Symptoms Open Close

    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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