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Fibromyalgia is condition characterized by widespread chronic pain and fatigue with no known cause. The pain is normally not caused by injury or a single chronic condition. Because symptoms can resemble those of other conditions, but fibro is not like other more common problems causing chronic pain.
Fibro is not like any other condition because the pain can vary in both the location on the body where it is concentrated and the frequency. Many feel a heightened and painful response to applied pressure.The pain is often accompanied by extreme fatigue, sleep disturbance and joint stiffness.
It can be because the pain tends to be widespread and persistent. Think about a toothache that is felt all over the body and lasts for many years. It can be severe.
The good news, it is also very treatable and I can count on my fingers how many of the thousands of fibromyalgia patient's I have treated have not been able to get good pain relief. It is not acceptable for you to be left in pain!
We all get tired. And who doesn't feel sore, achy and stiff, especially after a weekend of sports activities or heavy gardening? For those with fibromyalgia, these debilitating symptoms of pain and fatigue are severe and constant, lasting for months and years and causing poor quality of life for its millions of victims--damaging jobs, families and personal lives.
Coined in l976, the term “fibromyalgia” describes the basic symptoms of constant muscle pain, tenderness, fatigue and tender points. Fibromyalgia causes widespread pain--in the back, neck, arms and legs--with many tender or trigger points that are very painful when touched.
Fibromyalgia pain can often be perceived as worse than normal pain because of its characteristics and related consequences. Fibromyalgia is described as a long-term body wide pain with associated tenderness in joints, tendons, muscles and other soft tissues. Normal pain such as that after a back or neck strain or ankle sprain is often self-limited after the body begins its normal healing phase. In Fibromyalgia the body may have an abnormal response to painful stimuli. Sleep disturbances, physical or emotional trauma have also been implicated in causing fibromyalgia. Often the pain from fibromyalgia takes on a burning quality and physical exam will reveal at least 18 tender knots where muscles are in constant spasm. As the pain drags on sleep can be further compromised and depression and anxiety can develop or worsen which can require separate treatment. A thorough investigation and treatment of underlying sources of pain such as osteoarthritis of the spine, degenerative disc disease, rheumatoid arthritis etc. can hopefully remove a source of pain if the fibromyalgia is caused from the body’s abnormal response to underlying pain.