Fibromyalgia

 

The National Fibromyalgia Association describes fibromyalgia as a common and complex chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially. In the past fibromyalgia has also been referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis, and fibrositis. It is characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress. Symptoms can wax and wane,  with severe symptoms being extremely debilitating and can interfere with an individual’s basic daily activities.

While the exact cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, many believe it to be a problem with pain processing and issues with the central nervous system.  Triggers and risk factors can include:

 

  • Surgery or a physically traumatic event
  • Other diseases & viruses
  • Emotional or Physical abuse
  • PTSD
  • Depression & anxiety
  • Genes

Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia. Medical professionals focus on managing symptoms by using a combination of therapies such as:

  • Pharmaceuticals – there are only 3 FDA approved medications for treating Fibromyalgia
  • Natural and holistic remedies
  • Self-care and Stress management
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Physical therapy, Chiropractic, and Massage