Fibromyalgia- Its Signs, Symptoms and Treatment

By: james sameul

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. The word fibromyalgia comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). Tender points are specific places on the body; on the neck, shoulders, back, hips, and upper and lower extremities; where people with fibromyalgia feel pain in response to slight pressure.

Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia

A common symptom of Fibromyalgia is muscular and joint pain for over three months. There can be stiffness, aching and tenderness around joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The pain is usually bilateral, appearing above as well as below the waist. The pain may also occur within the muscles and the points where ligaments attach muscles to bones.

There may be extreme tenderness in specific areas such as joints

The level of pain may vary from day to day. Sometimes it may be from head to toe and sometimes it may be more in one area. Every day can be a new experience in pain. You may experience muscle weakness. This might affect such things as your ability to open lids on jars. You may find yourself having no strength in your arms or legs.

It's common for people with fibromyalgia to experience heightened sensitivities to things such as noise, bright lights, smell or touch. You may get micgraine headaches, insomnia or facial pain.You may experience numbness or tingling in your arms or legs, restless leg syndrome, indigestion, nausea or balance problems.

Widespread muscular and joint pain for over three months (such as aching, stiffness, and tenderness around joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments). Pain may appear in one or more locations at the same time and also in many different parts of the body. The pain is bilateral in that it appears above and below the waist. The pain is located within the muscles themselves, as well as the points where ligaments attach muscles to bones.

Besides pain, other symptoms include extreme fatigue, sleep deprivation, headaches and depression. Though neither fatal nor permanently damaging, FMS is so debilitating, it has a profound effect on the families, friends and employers of sufferers. Most are seriously affected in their job performance and one quarter are unable to work at all.

Fibromyalgia Treatment Options

Medications that boost your body's level of serotonin and norepinephrine (neurotransmitters that modulate sleep, pain, and immune system function) are commonly prescribed in low doses for the treatment of fibromyalgia. Examples include amitriptyline, cyclobenzaprine, and Cymbalta.

Ultram may help with the treatment of fibromyalgia pain, although stronger opioids may be needed for addressing moderate to severe pain.

A clean diet will exclude coffee, red meat, processed food, and other difficult digestible foods, but include a multitude of fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin supplements are also helpful. Ginger, ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and garlic are also helpful.

One's daily exercise will include various forms of aerobic exercise, with getting the heart rate to good levels, for 20 minutes or more.

Fibromyalgia can be hard to treat. It's crucial to find a doctor who is familiar with the disorder and its treatment. Many family physicians, general internists, or rheumatologists can treat Fibromyalgia. Rheumatologists are doctors who specialize in arthritis and other conditions that affect the joints or soft tissues.

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