Fibromyalgia: Understand the
signs, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and self-care.
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.
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.
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
to an injury or trauma that affects your central nervous system.
there's much that remains unknown about fibromyalgia. For that
reason, it's controversial and a focus of ongoing medical debate.
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.