Fibromyalgia


Fact: Fibromyalgia affects more than 6 million people in the United States alone.

What is Fibromyalgia?
By definition, Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas. Is is accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. 

Fibromyalgia is a confusing and often misunderstood condition. In the past, people who sought treatment were frequently told that there was nothing wrong with them. However, in recent decades medical studies have proven that fibromyalgia does indeed exist, and that it is estimated to affect between 2% and 6% of people worldwide

What causes Fibromyalgia?
Causes include any number of different things such as infections (bacterial or viral), physical trauma (such as an automobile accident), or the development of another disorder, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or hypothyroidism. These triggering events probably do not cause fibromyalgia, but rather, they may awaken an underlying physiological abnormality that is already present.It also seems that it is possible that fibromyalgia may run in families, although research is not able to determine if this is due to genetic or environmental factors. Fibromyalgia is not form of arthritis but is a rheumatoid condition. However, people with arthritis are more likely to have fibromyalgia.

Symptoms

  • Widespread pain
  • Morning stiffness
  • Fatigue
  • Unrefreshing sleep
  • Anxiety
  • Cognitive or memory impairment ("fibro fog")
  • Depression
  • Abdominal complaints, including irritable bowel syndrome
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Chronic daytime fatigue
  • Morning stiffness in the joints and muscles
  • Migraine headaches
  • Numbness or tingling of the extremities
  • Restless legs syndrome
  • Temperature sensitivity
  • Dizziness and balance problems
  • Anxiety

Want to see how Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chiari Malformation, & Cervical Spinal Cord Compression Compare?

Click here and take a look at this chart from The National Fibromyalgia Research Association

Want to learn more?

The following are organizations and/or websites dedicated to providing information and education surrounding Fibromyalgia. These organizations are dedicated to research, education, awareness, and/or support. They are listed in Alphabetical order without any preference or prejudice. Listing these organizations is not a recommendation or referral in any regard for seeking treatment or consultation or support for treatment.


National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association 
National Fibromyalgia Association
National Fibromyalgia Partnership, Inc.
National Fibromyalgia Research Association
National Organization for Rare Diseases