What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a form of generalized muscular pain and fatigue. The pain occurs in the muscles and fibrous connective tissues (ligaments and tendons) affecting approximately 5 million people in the U.S. The name "fibromyalgia" replaces the term "fibrositis." Rather than arthritis of a joint, fibromyalgia affects the muscles and has been described as muscular rheumatism. Since it affects the attachments to bones it can sometimes feel like bone pain.
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
Nervous System Symptoms
Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is diagnosed by the presence of pain at the tender points. So far, no laboratory test has been established to make a diagnosis. Most doctors are unable to determine if a patient has the condition or not so a rheumatologist is recommended. Treatment:
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disease. As a result, it never goes away, but waxes and wanes. There are days when it eases up a bit, and then there are days when the pain increases. With proper treatment this condition can be kept under control. While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, an assortment of medications and remedies can help control or prevent symptoms. Exercise, relaxation and stress-reduction activities also may help ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia.