Fibromyalgia: Your Most Common Questions- Answers and Resources

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Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition that effects approximately 5 million Americans.  It is much more common in women than men.  The diagnosis and optimal treatment is controversial.  Below are answers to many of the most common questions related to this condition.  Along with the questions are links to helpful referenced resources for those suffering with fibromyalgia or those with loved ones afflicted with this condition.

What Exactly is Fibromyalgia?

The word fibromyalgia comes from the Greek myos meaning “muscle”, Greek algos meaning “pain”, and New Latin fibro meaning “fibrous tissue”. Fibromyalgia is a common and chronic disorder. … Fibromyalgia is seen as a rheumatic condition. A rheumatic condition is one that causes joint and soft tissue pain.

Fibromyalgia: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments – Medical News Today

Overview of Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.

Fibromyalgia – Overview – Mayo Clinic

What does it feel like to have fibromyalgia?

Every muscle in their body shouted out in pain. … Pain – Fibromyalgia pain has no boundaries. People describe the pain as deep muscular aching, throbbing, shooting, stabbing, or intense burning. Quite often, the pain and stiffness are worse in the morning, and muscle groups that are used repetitively may hurt more.
AFSA: What is Fibromyalgia

What are the causes and symptoms of fibromyalgia?

In addition to pain, people with fibromyalgia could also have:

  • Cognitive and memory problems (sometimes called “fibro fog”)

  • Trouble sleeping

  • Morning stiffness

  • Headaches

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Painful menstrual periods

  • Numbness or tingling of hands and feet

  • Restless legs syndrome

  • Temperature sensitivity

  • Sensitivity to loud noises or bright lights

Fibromyalgia (FM) Treatment, Symptoms and Causes – MedicineNet

How do you develop fibromyalgia?

Some researchers theorize that stress or poor physical conditioning are factors in the cause of fibromyalgia. Another theory suggests that muscle “microtrauma” (very slight damage) leads to an ongoing cycle of pain and fatigue. These mechanisms, like all the others, are still unproven for fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia: Possible Causes and Risk Factors – WebMD

Is Fibromyalgia a disease or a syndrome?

Fibromyalgia a ‘Real Disease,’ Study Shows. … Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain and fatigue. It affects 2%-4% of people, mostly women. It has been called the “invisible syndrome” because it can’t be diagnosed based on a lab test or X-ray.

Fibromyalgia a ‘Real Disease,’ Study Shows – WebMD

Is Fibromyalgia Real or imagined?

You may experience pain and fatigue that interferes with daily activity. But yet your family, friends, and even your doctor may not understand your concerns. Also, some people may not think fibromyalgia is a “real” condition and might believe symptoms are imagined. Fibromyalgia is a real condition.

Is Fibromyalgia Real or Imagined? – Healthline

Is Fibromyalgia a hereditary disease?

Is fibromyalgia hereditary? … In fact, studies of DNA from family members of people with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes have turned up a number of genes that could help explain why these disorders seem to run in families. Each of these genes plays a role in your nervous system’s response to pain.

Is fibromyalgia hereditary? – Mayo Clinic

Is fibromyalgia an autoimmune disease?

Fibromyalgia has symptoms that resemble those of some rheumatic illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus). These are autoimmune diseases in which a defective immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own healthy tissue, producing inflammation and damage.

Fibromyalgia | University of Maryland Medical Center

How do you find out if you have fibromyalgia?

Because there is no test for fibromyalgia, your doctor must rely solely on your group of symptoms to make a diagnosis. In the American College of Rheumatology guidelines for diagnosing fibromyalgia, one of the criteria is widespread pain throughout your body for at least three months.

Fibromyalgia: Understand the diagnosis process

Is Fibromyalgia curable?

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition. It has no specific causes and no known cure. Yet for those who have it — as many as one in 50 Americans — the chronic pain, fatigue, and psychological strain of fibromyalgia are all too clear. Fibromyalgia symptoms are treatable, however.

Treatment for Fibromyalgia Pain – WebMD

 

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