Although some people might confuse it with arthritis, fibromyalgia is a condition that causes soft tissue and muscle pain. It has little or nothing to do with a sufferer’s joints. Fibromyalgia is chronic, and it affects sensitive tender points in various muscle groups. Somewhere between 80 and 90 percent of all fibromyalgia patients are female.
A wide range of symptoms can be suffered by these patients. Some of them include:
- Widespread pain throughout the body, especially the neck, shoulders, hips and behind the knees
- Facial muscle fatigue
- Poor sleep
- Sensitivity to heat and cold
- Numbness, tingling and pain in the extremities
- Clinically significant fatigue
- Clinical depression
- Cognitive difficulties
- Bowel disorders
Most people who complain of symptoms that might be consistent with fibromyalgia are around 45 years of age, but medical researchers have been unable to pinpoint the specific cause of the disorder. Many researchers point toward brain processing issues rather than muscular issues. There is evidence that the brain processing issues might be related to chemical changes in the brain itself. Given the abundance of triggers, there might be increased sensitivity to pain or the perception of pain from any one or a combination of the following:
- A physically or emotionally traumatic event like a motor vehicle accident, domestic abuse or a criminal attack
- Repetitive motion disorders from job duties
- Autoimmune disorders like lupus
- Genetic predispositions as to how a certain person’s brain tolerates pain
Some people might have more than a handful of fibromyalgia symptoms. Others might experience limited symptoms. Given the fact that the symptoms of fibromyalgia are so wide-ranging, the disorder might be misdiagnosed. If indeed fibromyalgia is diagnosed, an individual comprehensive treatment plan must be implemented.
The good news is the symptoms of fibromyalgia can be managed, and you can learn to live with them. Take that next step by contacting us today at Radiantly Healthy MD and scheduling a consultation at our office in Indialantic, FL. We look forward to speaking with you!