Fibromyalgia is a disorder involving chronic pain that can occur all over the body. Joints, tendons, muscles, and other tissues of the body can be affected by this condition that an estimated 10 million Americans have.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia symptoms can vary from person to person. Body pain over a widespread area is the most common symptom. Other symptoms linked to fibromyalgia include fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, anxiety, depression, and sensitivities to environmental elements.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia remains a mystery in the medical community. Some experts believe the condition is genetic or the result of a trauma of either emotional or physical causes. The average age of patients affected by this condition ranges from 20 to 50 and is most common in women. However, individuals of any gender or age can be affected by fibromyalgia.
There is no exact explanation for what triggers fibromyalgia and there is no cure for this condition. Treatments are possible to help ease the chronic pain. Medications can be prescribed in some scenarios. Other treatments include physical and chiropractic therapy, yoga, massages, and herbal supplements.
Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia by their family physician are usually referred to a rheumatologist for additional treatment. There are no specific testing methods to diagnose fibromyalgia as a condition. Chronic pain can be associated with many other conditions but medical advancements have made it possible to more accurately identify cases of fibromyalgia. A diagnostic screening for fibromyalgia includes an occurrence of widespread pain that had been present for at least three months and pain which has affected at least 11 tender points in the body out of the 18 possible points.
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