What is Fibromyalgia?

by Editorial Board on June 6, 2011 · 0 comments

in Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a disease common in middle aged women but men can get FMS as well. There is not specific cause for fibromyalgia that is currently known.  The symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, muscle pain and tenderness, headaches, memory trouble, and trouble sleeping. Often times when someone has fibromyalgia their muscles are so tender that it is painful for them to be touched.

It is more likely that a person who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis or an autoimmune disorder like lupus will develop fibromyalgia. There is no lab test for fibromyalgia so the only way to find out if you have it is to rely on the symptoms. When you visit a doctor for pain they will test all of the different tender points in your body to see if you have FMS. If they find you have enough tender points they will begin helping you treat it with medications and other treatment options.

There is no known cause of fibromyalgia and there is also no cure. There are medications and treatment options available including lifestyle changes. It is recommended that a person with fibromyalgia do what they can to ensure they get an ample amount of sleep each night. This can be difficult because of the chronic pain.  It is also recommended that if you have fibromyalgia that you try to exercise as much as possible. This will help strengthen your muscles and help you to get better sleep which we just discussed is important.

Anyone can develop this disease, if you think it is possible you have it due to pain and tenderness, be sure to get checked by your doctor so you can begin treating this disease as fast as possible. Eventually a Rheumatologist will be the specialist doctor threating your FMS.

For more information on Fibromyalgia take a look at this website, we feel it offers great information to those who suffer from FMS, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fibromyalgia.html.

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