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Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia which is pronounced, fi·bro·my·al·gi·a, is a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. Fibromyalgia can also cause sleep problems, fatigue and mental or emotional distress. Patients with fibromyalgia are often more sensitive to pain than those who do not have fibromyalgia. This referred to as abnormal pain perception processing.

 

Fibromyalgia affects about about 2% of the US adult population, which is roughly 4 million US adults. We have not yet found the cause of fibromyalgia, but, thanks to research, there are effective treatments that can help you keep it managed.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms and Treatment

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Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
  • Full body pain and stiffness
  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Issues with thinking, memory, and concentration
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines

 

Other symptoms might include:

 

  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Pain in the face or jaw
    • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Digestive issues
    • stomach pain
    • bloating
    • constipation
    • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Cause of Fibromyalgia

The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Researchers have a variety of theories. One link may be between sleep problems and stress. Another says that it may be related to immune, endocrine, or biochemical problems.

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*Statistics and facts from the CDC, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, www.CDC.gov