Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by pain in all parts of the body. It is also known as fibromyalgia syndrome. Symptoms of fibromyalgia are extensive pain and fatigue and some or all of the following:
- Persistent headaches
- Stiff muscles
- Irritable bowels
- Brain fog (often referred to as Fibro fog)
What are the causes?
The medical profession is still working to tie down the exact cause of fibromyalgia but its onset has been observed to coincide with the following:
- Disturbed sleep patterns and problems sleeping
- Depressed hormone levels
- Nerve and pain related problems
The trigger conditions for the changes in the body listed above are not fully understood and how they lead to fibromyalgia.
Who does fibromyalgia affect?
The worldwide number of fibromyalgia is in the millions, with 1 in 20 people around the world suffering from it! Since its causes are unknown it means everyone is susceptible to fibromyalgia. Looking at the figures there are by far more women sufferers than men. Most people with the condition are between the ages of 30 and 60 years, but children can also among fibromyalgia sufferers worldwide. Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is usually a case of elimination since its initial symptoms are similar to many other diseases. Doctors often perform testing to eliminate other conditions until they are confident it is indeed fibromyalgia.
What is the treatment?
There is no known permanent cure for fibromyalgia syndrome and symptoms will come and go, with varying severity. Treatments to alleviate and control the symptoms are available and could include:
- Relaxation techniques to relieve stress
- Developing better sleeping habits
- Floating therapy
- Strong painkillers and other prescription drugs
- Gentle exercise
- Oxygen therapy
- Dietary changes
Positive mental changes go a long way in providing comfort and pain alleviation to people with fibromyalgia.