According to the Mayo Clinic, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals. People who experience Fibromyalgia can have pain all over their body which can interfere with sleep and cause extreme emotional distress. It is believed that Fibromyalgia affects about 4 million US adult- about 2% of the adult population, and women experience it more frequently than men. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Fibromyalgia. However, medications can reduce symptoms in some patients, and symptoms can lessen with proper self -care including, reducing stress, regularly exercising and getting enough sleep. Many patients have also found massage therapy and acupuncture to be helpful in reducing symptoms.

Doctors are not exactly sure of what causes fibromyalgia, but other pain conditions, including Lupus, Arthritis and Lyme disease may make you more likely to get Fibromyalgia. A stressful or traumatic event, such as a car accident, may also trigger it. As with most illnesses, a family history of Fibromyalgia could cause a predisposition toward it. Although there is no specific test to see if you have fibromyalgia, patients should see a rheumatologist who can take a medical history and run tests to rule out other illnesses.

According to the CDC and the American College of Rheumatology, Fibromyalgia my cause the following symptoms:

● Pain and stiffness all over the body (which can fell like tenderness when touched)
● Severe fatigue and tiredness
● Depression and anxiety
● Sleep problems
● Problems with thinking, memory, and concentration
● Headaches, including migraines

Other symptoms may include:
● Tingling or numbness in hands and feet
● Pain in the face or jaw, including disorders of the jaw known as temporomandibular joint syndrome (also known as TMJ)
● Digestive problems: irritable bowel syndrome (commonly called IBS) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (often referred to as GERD)
● Irritable or overactive bladder
● Pelvic pain

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