Understanding fibromyalgia: causes, symptoms, and treatment

 

 


Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes fatigue, generalized muscle and joint pain, and memory and mood problems, according to WebMD. And although fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal condition after osteoarthritis, it is still not well understood by the medical world.

Women are actually much more likely to have fibromyalgia than men, and there is currently no cure for the disorder. Since fibromyalgia can cause symptoms similar to osteoarthritis, it's important to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors associated with the disease to make sure you're being treated correctly.

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There are three risk factors that increase your chances of developing fibromyalgia, according to the Mayo Clinic:

 

1. Women are more lovely to develop disorder than men.

2. Family history. If  family member have fibromyalgia, you are at an increased risking developing it.

3. Rheumatic disease. If you have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, you may have a higher risk of developing fibromyalgia.

 

* Symptoms :

 

Fibromyalgia often causes widespread pain and fatigue, and it can make parts of the body sore to the touch - as if being overworked or pulled. The disorder can also affect your sleep patterns, generally limiting the amount of restful sleep you can get and causing depression. Other symptoms, according to WebMD, include:

 

- Abdominal pain

- Chronic headaches

- Dry mouth, nose and eyes

- Hypersensitivity to cold and / or heat

- Inability to concentrate

- Incontinence

- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

- Numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet

- Stiffness

 

* Treatment :

 

To determine if you have fibromyalgia, your doctor should rule out other possible causes of your symptoms, such as blood tests to rule out other conditions that cause pain and fatigue. Once your doctor determines that you have fibromyalgia, treatment for the condition may include some of the following, according to the Mayo Clinic:

- Pain relief. These can be anything from over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen to prescription pain relievers. Pain relievers are used to reduce discomfort and help you sleep better through the night.

- Antidepressants. These drugs can relieve pain and fatigue associated with fibromyalgia. A popular over-the-counter mood enhancement option is available for purchase here.

- Anti-epileptic drugs. These types of medications have been found to be helpful in reducing pain in people with fibromyalgia.