Getting to Know Fibromyalgia
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain coming from muscles, ligaments and
tendons. The individual feels extreme fatigue. In years past the set of symptoms that define fibromyalgia were
called by the following names: chronic muscle pain syndrome, fibrositis, psychogenic rheumatism and tension
To many the name, fibromyalgia is nothing more than a funny sounding word. To others it represents pain, and
The chronic condition known as fibromyalgia is becoming more recognized by those outside the medical community
as news spreads about this debilitating condition.
The condition is not easy to diagnosis and doctors often misdiagnose or tell individuals that they do not know
what is wrong or worse, that the patient is a chronic complainer with no known cause.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia are widespread pain coming from muscles, ligaments and tendons. The individual
feels extreme fatigue.
In years past the set of symptoms that define fibromyalgia were called by the following names: chronic muscle
pain syndrome, fibrositis, psychogenic rheumatism and tension myalgias.
The condition is not known to be progressive or life threatening so at least patients can take some measure of
comfort in that.
They can also take heart in that the symptoms can be treated and they can feel better.
Symptoms will vary in intensity from day to day. Individuals with fibromyalgia can be taught self-care steps
that can improve how they feel.
What are the symptoms of fibromyalgia?
Different individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia may vary slightly regarding the symptoms and the intensity of
Some common signs and symptoms of the condition are widespread pain, fatigue and also sleep disturbances, the
presence of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches or experiencing facial pain, a heightened sensitivity to
bright lights, odors, noises, and to touch.
They may also suffer from one or more of the following signs or symptoms too.
Additional symptoms of fibromyalgia:
· Chest pain
· Dry eyes
· Dry skin
· Dry mouth
· Difficulty concentrating
· Numbness or a tingling in the hands or feet
· Women with fibromyalgia may have painful menstruation
What might cause an individual to contract fibromyalgia?
There are many theories that are floating around about why some people get fibromyalgia and others do not.
One theory is that of "central sensitization", and another theory is that those with fibromyalgia occur because
of sleep disturbances.
Others believe that the condition may be initiated by an injury or trauma that occurs in the upper spinal
This type of injury would affect the central nervous system, which may then trigger fibromyalgia.
Another theory is that a bacterial or viral infection can trigger the manifestation of the condition.
Still others believe that fibromyalgia may be the result of abnormalities of the autonomic (sympathetic) nervous
A final theory involves changes in the muscle metabolism such as when decreased blood flow to muscles
contributes to a decrease in both muscle fatigue and muscle strength. Abnormalities in the hormonal substance that
plays a role in the activity of nerves could also contribute to fibromyalgia.