An overview of Fibromyalgia and why it is so difficult to diagnose.
Having fibromyalgia can be very confusing and frustrating at times. Part of the mystery surrounding fibromyalgia is that it is classified as a syndrome rather than a disease. This means that it is classified by a collection of symptoms because a specific concrete cause to fibromyalgia hasn’t yet been found. The word “fibromyalgia” comes from the Latin term for fibrous tissue (fibro) and the Greek ones for muscle (myo) and pain (algia). It is mainly classified by a constant and widespread muscle pain on specific tender points on the body.

Many medical practitioners still find it difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia because it is often a misunderstood condition with many symptoms that are common in other diseases as well. It often takes more than one practitioner to correctly make a diagnosis based on a number of factors and close symptom monitoring of the person concerned. The most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Constant fatigue where the body and brain are suffering from a total lack of energy. Symptoms range from mild to extreme exhaustion.
  • Pain in specific tender points such as the neck, back, shoulders, arms, hands, legs and hips when slight pressure is applied. Symptom scan also vary in intensity over a period of time.
  • Sleeping disorder: Most fibromyalgia sufferers have trouble getting a really restful sleep because their brains display awake-brain activity while sleeping.

However fibromyalgia is quite a complex condition and includes many other symptoms such as headaches, morning stiffness, memory impairment numbness and tingling sensations irritable bladder, dizziness, dry eyes and mouth and general sensitivity to their immediate environment. This is to just name a few.

It probably seems like too much to take and it probably is. However knowing what aggravates fibromyalgia can assist in dealing with it.  These may include:

  • Cold weather and changes in atmospheric pressure.
  • Intense or repetitive physical activity
  • Increase in stress levels
  • Sleeping problems
  • Malnutrition and hunger

Even though anybody can have fibromyalgia, it seems to be more common among middle aged women and people with rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune diseases. Along with prescribed medication to manage your symptoms, fibromyalgia suffers can also become actively involved in their own healing. Try getting enough sleep, adequate exercise and avoiding anything that might aggravate your symptoms. There are also possible alternative therapies to explore which can help lessen your suffering.

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