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Understanding Fibromyalgia & Symptoms
What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is thought to be the result of overactive nerves. It is a condition that results in chronic widespread pain and tenderness all over. Here’s exactly what that means:
Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. It affects more than 5 million people in the United States. That’s nearly 1 in every 60 Americans. Mostly women have it. But so can men. Most people begin feeling the symptoms of fibromyalgia when they are middle aged, but symptoms can start before then.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is not a psychological condition. While the exact cause is still not known, it is believed to have a biological cause. Recent research suggests that changes in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) may be responsible.
It is believed that there may be a number of factors working together:
In recent years, there has been progress in the diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia. But there are still many aspects of fibromyalgia that are not understood. Because of the complexity of the condition, it can be difficult to diagnose.
The role of nerves
Connected to the muscles are nerves. Nerves throughout the body and spinal cord send messages to the brain. It is believed that people with fibromyalgia have overactive nerves. This may be responsible for the chronic all-over pain and tenderness of fibromyalgia.
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What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Chronic widespread pain and tenderness are not the only fibromyalgia symptoms. Other symptoms may include:
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Deep muscle pain and soreness
Sensitivity to touch
Difficulty thinking clearly,
also known as "fibro fog"
Difficulty performing everyday tasks
Stress and anxiety
The symptoms of fibromyalgia vary from person to person. The symptoms can be worse on some days than others. Fibromyalgia symptoms can also be affected by your level of stress or physical activity. All these factors contribute to making fibromyalgia a condition that is difficult to diagnose.
Fibromyalgia symptoms can impact your ability to do daily activities
When you have fibromyalgia, the symptoms can be challenging. Don't let the pain of fibromyalgia keep you from doing the things you want to do. There are treatment options available that can help your condition.
Partner with your doctor. Tell your doctor exactly what you are feeling. By giving your doctor detailed information about your pain, you can help him or her make a diagnosis and determine if your pain is fibromyalgia. Fill out the Fibromyalgia Pain Questionnaire. Take it to your next appointment.
Do you think you may have fibromyalgia? Learn more on the next page.