Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that affects many people, although it is not always easy to diagnose. This is because the symptoms are similar to a variety of other illnesses and conditions. Fibromyalgia can easily be confused with symptoms of arthritis or joint inflammation, but unlike arthritis, it does not cause joint damage. It is a disease that affects soft tissues, causes widespread pain, fatigue, and other discomforts.
While the actual cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, risk factors include traumatic injury, rheumatoid arthritis, and other autoimmune disorders, and genetic factors. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Fibromyalgia, but medications, exercise, acupuncture, and behavior therapy can help relieve symptoms and even improve sleep quality.
- Widespread pain
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Pain and tiredness in facial muscles
- Stiffness in muscles and joints in the morning
- Irregular sleep patterns
- Difficulties with memory and concentration (known as “fibro-fog”)
- Trouble focusing or paying attention
- Trouble sleeping
- Not feeling rested after sleeping for long periods of time
- Tingling and numbness in the hands and feet
- Restless leg syndrome
- Sensitivity to cold and heat
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Painful menstrual periods
For many years, it was questioned whether Fibromyalgia was actually a real condition. Even though it is now recognized as a legitimate condition by doctors, it is still difficult to treat. However, it can be treated with therapies, lifestyle changes, and medications to help manage symptoms and improve overall quality of life. If you have been experiencing symptoms of Fibromyalgia but have not been diagnosed with the condition, contact us about setting up an appointment.