Fibromyalgia Pain


 

Do you suffer from

 Widespread pain in most of your body for months together without a pain free period

 Morning stiffness/don’t feel like leaving the bed

 Abnormal tingling and numbness in arms and legs

 Generalised fatigue

 Lack of freshness after overnight sleep

 Depressed mood/irritability

 Have you visited multiple doctors, been subjected to various investigations without any definitive diagnosis?

IF YOUR ANSWER TO MOST OF THE QUESTIONS ABOVE IS YES, THEN YOU MAY BE SUFFERING FROM FIBROMYALGIA

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is an increasingly recognized chronic pain illness which is characterized by widespread musculoskeletal aches, pain and stiffness, soft tissue tenderness, general fatigue and sleep disturbances. The most common sites of pain include the neck, back, shoulders, pelvic girdle and hands, but any body part can be involved.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

The exact cause of this condition is not known. However, the pain pathways, hormonal changes and immune system disturbances have all been studied and found in patients with fibromyalgia. This suggests a deeper and multifactorial causation of the condition.

Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

The condition may often be a challenge to diagnose. This is because there are no clear cut sensitive tests that diagnose the condition with conviction. Much of the diagnosis is based on detailed examination of the patient and presence of symptoms.

Top Ten Fibromyalgia Symptoms

 Pain all over the body > 3months durationneck-1-267x300

 Day time tiredness/Fatigue

 Sleep difficulties

 Brain fog/depression

 Morning stiffness

 Muscle knots, cramping, weakness

 Irritability/anger

 Headaches/migraines

 Short term memory loss

 Presence of multiple tender points

Fibromyalgia Facts

 Affects 7-8 percent of the general population

 Occurs in people of all ages, even children

 More common in women, although men develop fibromyalgia too

 Symptoms are chronic but may fluctuate throughout the day

 Roughly 25% of people with fibromyalgia are work-disabled

 Three drugs are FDA-approved for fibromyalgia treatment

 Fibromyalgia is Manageable with medications and exercises

Fibromyalgia Treatment

The mainstay of treatment is physical therapy. Optimal physical therapy can only be carried out once adequate pain relief is achieved. Adequate pain relief can be achieved by a combination of nerve medicines to quieten the nerves and safe pain killers, which are continued for longer periods of time.

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