Fibromyalgia, also sometimes called fibrositis, is a chronic disorder that causes pain and tenderness throughout the body. People with fibromyalgia also experience frequent fatigue and a host of other symptoms that may vary from person to person.
Fibromyalgia pain may be acute or mild, but most people with the condition report suffering from one or another of the symptoms on a fairly regular basis.
How Do You Get Fibromyalgia?
The majority of people who suffer from fibromyalgia are women, although it does sometimes affect children as well. The onset of the condition typically happens around middle age and there are certain factors that make some people more prone to get fibromyalgia than others. Family history and certain medical conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and spinal arthritis may increase the likelihood that a person will get fibromyalgia. It is also possible that trauma, such as a car accident, emotional stress or certain infections can trigger an onset of the condition in some people.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fatigue, widespread pain throughout the body, muscle pain, neck pain, low back pain or brain fog (sometimes called “fibro fog”) are some of the symptoms most commonly experienced by people with fibromyalgia. Other symptoms include TMJ, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic migraines, sensitivity to cold, muscle spasms, insomnia, mood swings, depression, irritability, tingling or numb hands or feet and painful menstruation. People with fibromyalgia may suffer from one or several of these symptoms all at once.
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
There is no cure for fibromyalgia but it can be kept under control. Rheumatologists who specialize in joint disorders are often used as referrals for fibromyalgia patients. Other healthcare practitioners may also be necessary to fully address all of the symptoms that a patient may be dealing with. Treatment may include a combination of medication, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, occupational therapy and self-care. The team at Metro Atlanta Injury and Wellness Center is also a strong proponent of the healing benefits of complementary treatments such massage therapy, acupuncture various forms of yoga.
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