What Is Fibromyalgia?
According to pain experts, fibromyalgia is the result of overactive nerves. It is a condition that results in chronic widespread pain and tenderness all over your body.
At Tri-State Pain Institute, we have found that fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions. It affects nearly one in every 60 Americans, mostly women. Many people begin feeling the symptoms of fibromyalgia when they are middle aged, but symptoms can start before then.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
While the exact cause is still not known, fibromyalgia is believed to have a biological cause. Recent research suggests that changes in the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) may be responsible.
Because of the complexity of fibromyalgia, it can be difficult to diagnose. What’s more, pain experts feel that a number of factors are related to the onset of the condition:
- Trauma – physical and emotional trauma have been linked to fibromyalgia
- Family history – the genes you inherit from your parents may increase the likelihood of developing fibromyalgia
- Infections – there is some evidence to suggest that certain illnesses can act as a trigger
- Autoimmune diseases – people with disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis are more likely to develop fibromyalgia
- Overactive nerves – nerves throughout the body and spinal cord send messages to the brain
What Are The Symptoms Of Fibromyalgia?
Our pain management specialists at the Pain Institute have found that chronic widespread pain and tenderness are not the only fibromyalgia symptoms. Other signs may include:
- Deep muscle pain and soreness
- Morning stiffness
- Flu-like aching
- Radiating pain
- Sensitivity to touch
- Problems sleeping
- Difficulty thinking clearly, also known as “fibro fog”
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks
- Stress and anxiety
- Migraine headaches
Fibromyalgia Symptoms Can Impact Your Ability To Do Daily Activities
When you have fibromyalgia, the symptoms can be challenging. Don’t let the pain of fibromyalgia keep you from doing the things you want to do. Tri-State Pain Institute offers medication and treatment options that target muscle pain and trigger points as well as treatment that helps with sleep problems and depression.