Signs, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is very painful and is chronic disease that affects the musculoskeletal system in the body. The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.Symptoms of fibromyalgia may be intermittent or constantly present. The reason fibromyalgia is difficult to diagnose is because of it is variable symptoms and patients need to seek a doctor who is specialized in doing this such as chiropractor or orthopaedic physician which we provide at our medical office.Many signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia are similar to those caused by other joint, muscular or immune system disorders, so diagnosis is typically a long and frustrating process and needs to be diagnosed by a physician or a chiropractor.
Some common symptoms of fibromyalgia:
Muscle aches, either widespread or limited to a specific region of the body (back of the neck, chest, shoulders and lower back)
Joint stiffness and painHeadaches
Memory problemsBrain fogConcentration problems
Feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
Pain is the definitive symptom of fibromyalgia, but it can present itself in different ways, and in different parts of the body. Some people complain of constant stabbing pain throughout their entire body, while others experience a duller form of continuous aching. Alternately, fibromyalgia pain can be localized to one or more areas of the body, or it can seem to cluster around multiple “pain centers.”One of the most vexing things about fibromyalgia is that the pain it causes has no apparent cause. Yet, some patients say that they do experience some identifiable pain triggers. First, changing weather conditions (rising pressure, falling pressure, changes in humidity) can make the pain more intense, or “wake the pain up” after a latent period. Others experience a sharp increase in their fibromyalgia pain if they are dealing with professionally or emotionally stressful situations, suggesting that the pain may have a strong psychological component
Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by other health issues that do not seem to be readily related to the disorder. These include:
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
Mitral valve prolapse
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
While experts are not clear about the cause of fibromyalgia, they have several theories about how the condition arises and presents itself.Stress is a major contributor to the development of the disease, and symptoms also increases when the stress goes up.It is believed that pain of fibromyalgia may originate deep within the body. The pain felt in the musculoskeletal tissue may not originate in the same location where it is felt – it may be referred pain.
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