Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition marked by widespread musculoskeletal pain, as well as tiredness, sleep, cognitive dysfunction, and mood problems. The causes of Fibromyalgia are unknown. It can be due to a disorder of the central nervous system (CNS), where the CNS is very sensitive to pain stimuli. This video provides a large amount of information regarding Fibromyalgia, including symptoms to look out for.
Fibromyalgia is more common among women. It typically occurs in people aged between 20-55 years and its prevalence increases with age. Signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia include chronic widespread pain, tenderness and palpitations, and six or more sites where pain occurs. Additionally, you should be aware of any muscle and joint stiffness, particularly in the mornings, as well as the sensation of swollen joints and chronic fatigue. Other associated symptoms include IBS, obesity, depression, anxiety, and migraines.
Unfortunately, there is no specific test for Fibromyalgia, and it does not show up on any blood tests. Typically, diagnosis is done by taking an in-depth look at the patient’s history and symptoms, as well as a physical examination. While Fibromyalgia cannot be cured, it can be managed with good sleeping habits, aerobic exercise, medication for outlying conditions, and relaxation techniques.