Living With Fibromyalgia (FMS) - A Medical Disorder

By: hunter
Fibromyalgia, otherwise known as FMS, is a medical disorder that deals with fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. The cause of FMS is still unknown but it is hoped that in the years to come strides will be made towards some sort of cure.

Patients of FMS will have aches and pains all over, with muscles that often feel as though they have been worked too hard through exercise. More women will suffer from FMS than men but it affects people of all ages. FMS is a feeling somewhat like the symptoms of the flu, with aches and pains, and a general feeling of tiredness that never goes away.

Patients of FMS will always feel as though they have no energy and will spend a lot of time lying in bed trying to regain some of that energy. The pain associated with FMS varies for all patients and includes such symptoms as shooting pains, burning of the muscles, and a constant throbbing. Some patients say that they feel worse in the morning and yet others feel their most intense pain in the evenings after being up all day.

Another symptom of FMS is much like irritable bowel syndrome, including stomach pain, gas, diarrhea, and constipation. Yet another symptom for people suffering from FMS is headaches. At least half of FMS patients will experience chronic headaches, such as tension headaches or migraine headaches. Still other FMS will have some type of sleep disorder that prevents them from getting a good night sleep. Many of them can fall asleep without any problem but they have trouble staying asleep due to constant brain activity. This sleeplessness can be related to some of the chronic fatigue that FMS patients experience during the day. However, this feeling of fatigue goes much deeper than just not getting a good night's sleep. Many people describe the fatigue as being so severe that they are unable to lift their arms or legs.

FMS patients will be under the care of their doctor who can prescribe some medication for some of the symptoms.
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