Fibromyalgia is an internal inflammation of the joints, muscles, and tendons surrounding the bones. It is seen more frequently in women, however men are also affected.
This is different from external inflammation, where we notice pain and signs of bruising, swelling, and a warm sensation. External inflammation pains are typically caused by injuries such as a broken bone, sprain, infection, etc. When this inflammation occurs, they body knows to react to the pain and repair itself, resulting in the healing of the injury.
Internal inflammation is the body attacking itself. In other words, there is not external injury that causes the bruised sensation of the joints, muscles, and tendons. Although internal inflammation is very painful, it does not trigger the body to respond by repairing itself, as it would if external inflammation had occurred.
People who suffer with fibromyalgia commonly experience symptoms such as:
|✓ Tenderness||✓ Fatigue|
|✓ Stiffness||✓ Poor Sleep|
|✓ Changes in Mood||✓ Difficulties with Memory|
People who suffer with fibromyalgia frequently have other medical conditions, such as:
|✓ Depression||✓ Restless Leg Syndrome|
|✓ Anxiety||✓ Sleep Disorders|
|✓ Frequent Headaches||✓ Irritable Bowel Syndrome|
Unfortunately, there is no obvious cause of fibromyalgia; therefore identifying some who with this condition can be challenging. Diagnosing this illness requires a physician to review your detailed medical history, conduct a full physical examination and appropriate laboratory tests. In this instance, it is important to make certain that other illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis or other forms of arthritis are not mistaken for fibromyalgia. Thus, fibromyalgia becomes a chronic problem and tends to be difficult to diagnosis and treat.
Fibromyalgia has always been a severe and distressing illness for which physicians have little or no solutions about their cause, prevention, or treatment. Based on these deficiencies, the treatment is usually based on the symptoms the patient experiences.
A majority of patients with fibromyalgia are treated with opiates or other medications, such as Neurontin®, Lyrica® and Cymbalta®. Unfortunately, these medications do not work for everyone and some are unable to tolerate the side effects that come with them.
Thus it is important for the research community to continue to search to find an effective treatment for this condition.