Chronic muscle Pain – It can be fibromyalgia
Do you always complain about widespread and chronic muscle pain accompanied by fatigue? Do you experience trouble sleeping, or do you have tender points (points that hurt when you put pressure on them) on your body? You consulted your doctor but all tests done came back negative. You may be suffering from fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). It is a common condition yet often misdiagnosed, as most of its symptoms mimic those of other diseases. However, once its diagnosis is established, medications to alleviate the symptoms are available although no permanent cure is being offered at the moment.
1 Fibromyalgia Defined
Simply put, fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by generalized, chronic muscle pain. Fibromyalgia is often accompanied by several other symptoms such as fatigue, sleep disorders, headache, muscle stiffness, heightened sensitivity to pain and pressure, tingling and numbness of the hands and feet, irritable bowel syndrome, and fibro fog – the term used to describe a fibromyalgia patient’s concentration and memory problems. Symptoms may vary, which makes it almost impossible to diagnose.
Fibromyalgia predominantly affects women, about 80 to 90%, although men and children can have the condition as well. It has been estimated that 5 million Americans are affected, usually aged 18 and above. Diagnoses are commonly established during middle age, between the ages of 30 and 55. Fibromyalgia can be depressing and debilitating, that is why it is important to have the tools to get relief and manage this condition.