fibromyalgia2In today’s society, quality of life is highly affected by one’s health. Pain in every muscle and the profound exhaustion are not symptoms that people can see, but they are real and may be devastating for the person with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder distinguished by widespread musculoskeletal pain that co-exist with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.

Fibromyalgia symptoms:

  • Chronic muscle pain, muscle spasms, or tightness
  • Moderate or severe fatigue and decreased energy
  • Insomnia or waking up feeling just as tired as when you went to sleep
  • Stiffness upon waking or after staying in one position for too long
  • Difficulty remembering, concentrating, and performing simple mental tasks (“fibro fog”)
  • Abdominal pain, bloating, nausea, and constipation alternating with diarrhea (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Tension or migraine headaches
  • Jaw and facial tenderness
  • Sensitivity to one or more of the following: odors, noise, bright lights, medications, certain foods, and cold
  • Feeling anxious or depressed

In addition, this chronic illness not a psychological condition as the exact cause is still unknown. 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 this this illness.

Quick Facts about Fibromyalgia

  • Affects 3 to 5 percent of the general population
  • Occurs in people of all ages, even children
  • Men develop fibromyalgia too, although more women are diagnosed with it
  • Symptoms are chronic but may fluctuate throughout the day
  • Roughly one-quarter of people with fibromyalgia are work-disabled12
  • FDA approved the first drug for fibromyalgia in 2007 and more treatments are being developed

Source: – AFSA (The American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association, Inc.)

Written By: Sasha-lee Moodie

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