Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, memory issues and mood swings. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Statistics show women are more likely to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia than men. Many people who have fibromyalgia also suffer from tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression.
Usually a variety of medications, such as anti-depressants, are prescribed to help control symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Here at Core Identity, we have shown with additional regimens of regular exercise, relaxation, and stress-reduction measures, most cases have been effectively treated.
The pain associated with fibromyalgia is often described as a constant dull, muscular ache. It is considered widespread when the pain occurs on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by additional pain when firm pressure is applied to specific areas of your body, called tender points. Tender point locations may include:
- Back of the head
- Outer elbows
- Between shoulder blades
- Upper hips
- Top of shoulders
- Sides of hips
- Front sides of neck
- Inner knees
- Upper chest
- Fatigue and sleep disturbances
People with fibromyalgia often wake up tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is frequently disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea, that further worsen symptoms.
Patients suffering from fibromyalgia often experience:
- Irritable bowel syndrome