Fibromyalgia is a condition that features pain impacting the muscular and skeletal structures of the body. In addition to the pain, sleep issues, mood swings, and exhaustion take place. According to research, women have a greater likelihood of developing fibromyalgia than men. This can be triggered by a trauma that can be physical or psychological in origin, infection, surgery, or some type of emotional stress. It can be difficult to pinpoint the precise cause as the symptoms of fibromyalgia can build up over time. At this point there is no specific cure for this disorder but through a combination of proper medication, exercise, stress management, and relaxation; the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be controlled.
Individuals suffering from fibromyalgia can expect to experience the following symptoms:
- Pain all over the body
- Physical exhaustion and prolonged periods of sleep
- Pain in the abdomen, depression, headaches
- Decline in the ability to focus, attention span, and concentration
While specific causes for fibromyalgia are currently unknown, some risk factors, taken together, can result in the onset of fibromyalgia:
- Family history
- Infections caused by illness
- Trauma that could’ve been physical or emotional in origin
In addition, individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or lupus are at greater risk for developing fibromyalgia.
Diagnosis for fibromyalgia can take place if the person has experienced pain throughout the body for a period exceeding three months, without other underlying medical conditions that may play a contributing role. In addition to that, blood tests can be performed to help factor out other conditions that may display symptoms similar to that of fibromyalgia.
Individuals who have fibromyalgia often experience chronic cases of fatigue. Unlike normal fatigue, where the individual just feels exhaustion and recovers after a good amount of sleep or rest, fatigue resulting from fibromyalgia has the potential to lead to depression and in worst cases, social isolation.