Fibromyalgia: The symptoms, treatment, and what’s causing the pain
Fibromyalgia (FMS) is a chronic, arthritic and muscular illness. Characterized by a wide array of painful symptoms, sleep disturbances, and fatigue, this illness historically has been difficult to diagnose.
The symptoms of this condition include much more than the diffuse widespread pain the illness is well-known for. Sleep is disturbed which winds up creating more problems for you. Then…as if that’s not enough, the lack of sleep contributes to the depression, fatigue, pain, and “mental fog” that often accompany this condition.
It feels like a spiraling effect to those affected.
Although it is considered a rheumatic illness and has a lot of arthritic pain, it doesn’t cause the inflammation and joint damage like most arthritis illnesses.
The pain and fatigue can make it difficult to even do what you need to do on a daily basis. Like cooking for your family, going to work, household chores, etc. For some, it is a debilitating illness that can result in disability.
It’s usually diagnosed in middle age but, of course, it can occur earlier in life. The cause isn’t known, but there’s been a lot of research and studies conducted concluding with theories of
- physical or emotional trauma
- aluminum toxicity…among other theories
The American College of Rheumatology has strict criteria for diagnosing FMS. The ACR have identified 18 common “tender points” that patients often have.
However, it isn’t limited to those 18 tender points. Patients sometimes have other “tender spots” than those identified by the ACR.
To meet the criteria for having Fibromyalgia, the patient must have 11 of the “tender points” and have had widespread, diffuse pain for 3 months. To learn more about Fibromyalgia, click on the links below.
Read more about Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia Symptoms (printable checklist included)
Herbs for Fibromyalgia (printable Fibromyalgia Herb Chart included)
American College of Rheumatology, May 2010 http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/fibromyalgia.asp
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