Fibromyalgia is a generalized chronic pain felt on the muscles and bones and the connective tissues. The pain is widespread and there is an exaggerated painful response to any stimulus that applies pressure. This is a syndrome that influences the muscular system and soft tissues. Based on studies, Fibromyalgia aggravate pain sensed by our body.
Its symptoms appear gradually. The following symptoms encompass Fibromyalgia:
- Presence of Long-term pain in the muscles
- Widespread pain, but may also concentrate on the head, shoulders, neck.
- Headaches that are classified as “tension” types of headache.
- Disturbances in the sleeping pattern
- Dysphagia or the difficulty in the ability to swallow
- Abnormalities in the bowel function
- Abnormalities in the bladder function
- Tingling or “pins and needles” sensation or paresthesias
- Abnormalities in the cognitive functions such as impairment in the concentration, memory impairment, cannot multi-task, decreased attention span.
- Allodynia- exaggerated pain in response to touch or pressure.
- Chronic spasms of the muscles
- Weakness in the extremities
- Twitching of the muscles
- Presence of Pain in the nerves
- Presence of Skin disorders or conditions
- Presence of anxiety
The primary cause of Fibromyalgia is not really known, but there are reported precipitating factors. One is stress. Fibromyalgia often exists with disorders related to stress like depression. Another precipitating factor is abuse. Whether physical or sexually, abuse is related to Fibromyalgia based on a study conducted. Smoking, obesity and sedentary lifestyle are also factors that precipitate to Fibromyalgia. Physical trauma, specifically trauma to the neck is also noted to be one of the risk factors for Fibromyalgia. Genetics has also been considered a variable in the development of a Fibromyalgia in the family.
Treatment of Fibromyalgia is not absolute, but can be managed by professional health care providers like PromedX Sports Injury & Wellness Centre. You first start with the symptom management and then non-drug treatment such as therapies and complement with food supplements. For a detailed plan of treatment, you can consult a doctor.