Fibromyalgia is a condition that is described as wide-spread, continuous, chronic pain throughout the entire body. Even though the pain is widespread, there are certain areas of the body that are more tender than the others. It’s these 9 paired points that constitute the criteria of fibromyalgia.
Other symptoms that may be associated with fibromyalgia may be:
- Generalised stiffness
- Sleep Disturbances
- Tiredness or Fatigue
- Increased sensitivity to pain and other stimuli such as heat or pressure
- Loss of concentration or memory
- Depression and/or anxiety
What causes Fibromyalgia?
There is a lot of speculation around what causes fibromyalgia but a definitive answer is yet to be found. Specialists think that it may be due to increased pain-sensitivity and lower pain threshold in these people. They also believe it may be caused by or in conjunction with genetics, lifestyle factors such as stress, sleep disturbances and psychological factors.
How do you treat Fibromyalgia?
Currently, there is no cure for fibromyalgia but there are some options that people, with this condition, seek to help reduce symptoms:
- Education about the condition
- Treatment from an allied health professional (Chiropractor, Massage therapist)
- Relaxing or relaxation therapies.