About Fibromyalgia

What is Fibromyalgia? Many people suffer from this disease. Here are the symptoms.

What is Fibromyalgia? Find out if you have it. Many people suffer from this condition. Take the symptom test.

Fibromyalgia is a mystery to many people and physicians. It is a disorder that afflicts mostly women, about 90 percent are women. It is basically a pain syndrome. Fibromyalgia affects muscles, joints and soft tissues. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.

Symptoms include: aches in the neck, upper shoulders and back, fatigue, headaches. The muscles are most tender where they are attached to a bone or ligament. These are called trigger points. These points are very tender to the touch, and to any kind of pressure applied to them. If a woman has 11 of the eighteen trigger points affected symetrically, she can be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Most of the tender points are in the upper back, in shoulders and shoulder blades, the neck, the base of the skull, the buttocks, the hips, the outer elbows, the chest and the outer knees.

There is no blood test for this condition, and because its symptoms are also symptoms of other serious diseases, your doctor may want to run some blood tests to rule out other diseases. Other symptoms include severe fatigue, insomnia, abdominal cramping, bloating, intermittant numbness and/tingling, occasional confusion, inability to think clearly, cognitive dysfunction.

Treatments includes a well balanced diet, plenty of rest, a regular exercise routine, decreased stress level because stress intensifies the sympotms. OTC medications, such as aspirin and ibuprofen can be used, but sometimes have no effect on the pain.

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