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Fibromyalgia: Understand the signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and self-care.
   
Overview
 
Fibromyalgia is a condition in which one experiences widespread pain in your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, and fatigue. Tenderness in specific locations in the  body accompanies the general pain.

Fibromyalgia may cause you to hurt all over. Your muscles may ache so much it's hard to get moving. You may feel constantly tired but have trouble sleeping. Yet your doctor can't seem to find anything specifically wrong with you.

Other names for fibromyalgia include fibrositis, fibromyositis and tension myalgia. The disease has no known causes. One theory is that factors such as stress, poor sleep, physical or emotional trauma, or being out-of-shape may trigger the condition, making you more sensitive to pain.

Other theories include:
 
  • Link to an injury or trauma that affects your central nervous system.  
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Infections 
  • Psychological factors
 
But there's much that remains unknown about fibromyalgia. For that reason, it's controversial and a focus of ongoing medical debate.

The frequency of diagnosis of fibromyalgia is increasing. The illness may now affect about 3.7 million Americans. Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia usually between the ages of twenty and fifty-five, and in women much more often than in men.

 

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