Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body. Sufferers of Fibromyalgia feel pain and tenderness even with an injury or inflammation. Fibromyalgia can cause chronic pain, but unfortunately, there is no cure.
It doesn’t help that no one even knows what causes Fibromyalgia. Experts suggest that it could be sensitive nerve cells, brain chemicals that are out of balance, or hormone release that is affected when the deep phase of sleep is disrupted.
Fibromyalgia is called a syndrome – that means it is a set of symptoms that occur together. The two main symptoms of Fibromyalgia are:
- A burning or deep pain in your neck, shoulders, trunk, lower back and hips
- Tender areas on the body (trigger points) that hurt when pressed
People with Fibromyalgia are able to live a regular life with treatment. However if you don’t control it, it can lead to low energy, depression, and difficulty sleeping.
The symptoms won’t always be around. Some days will hurt more than others. You may find that cold and damp weather brings on the symptoms or stress.
Interestingly, some people can connect the onset of their symptoms with a specific event that happened, such as a car accident, the flu, surgery, and other emotionally traumatic and stressful events.
Before doctors diagnose Fibromyalgia, they rule out other conditions that causes pain such as lupus, polymyalgia rheumatic, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases.
As there is no known cure yet, the focus is on managing the symptoms. Ways of managing symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and depression can be the following:
- Regular exercise
- Taking prescribed medication for the pain
- Going to counseling to deal with the management of the long-term pain
- Improving your sleeping habits
- Learning to deal with stress appropriately
Some people have also reported success when trying complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, tai chi, massage, or behavioral therapy.