What is Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia-   a syndrome with an unknown cause that is associated with musculoskeletal and tissue pain, along with fatigue, sleep, memory and mood problems.  Whenever pressure is applied to certain tender points on the legs, arms, hips, back, shoulders, and the neck, more pain is experienced.

“Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals”. – Mayo Clinic website:  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fibromyalgia/basics/definition/con-20019243

“Although fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis-related condition, it is not truly a form of arthritis (a disease of the joints) because it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. Like arthritis, however, fibromyalgia can cause significant pain and fatigue, and it can interfere with a person’s ability to carry on daily activities. Also like arthritis, fibromyalgia is considered a rheumatic condition, a medical condition that impairs the joints and/or soft tissues and causes chronic pain”.—National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website:  http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Fibromyalgia/

Fibromyalgia Signs & Symptoms:

  • Chronic, widespread pain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating and remembering
  • Increased pain at tender points whenever pressure is applied

More information about fibromyalgia can be found on the Medline Plus website: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/fibromyalgia.html