Fibromyalgia is a condition with a series of symptoms that include: wide spread aching, stiffness and specific tender points on the body.
Fibromyalgia pains originate in muscle and connective tissue(ligaments) of the body. there is lack of referred pain as compared to myofascial trigger points.
How Is Fibromyalgia Diagnosed?
In 1990 the American College of Rheumatologists defined fibromyalgia as the presence of:
1) body or joint pain above and below the the waist, and on the left and right side of the body.
2) Axial (spine) pain – most often in the neck or low back.
3) 11 out of 18 possible tender spots.
Fibromyalgia is most common among females between the ages of 20 to 50. Unfortunately many people with fibromyalgia have associated tiredness, sleep issues, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, immune system or endocrine system problems.
Chronic Fatigue Fibromyalgia
Although fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue share some of the same symptoms, they are different conditions. Many people who suffer from these conditions benefit from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue centers. These centers help to create fibromyalgia awareness and teach you how to deal with this condition on a day to day basis.
Curing fibromyalgia may be a bit misleading as there is no cure for fibromyalgia; however there are conservative treatments that will treat it. Exercise and fitness along with stress relief methods including massage therapy and relaxation techniques are very beneficial.
Massage therapy treatments vary from person to person as some people benefit from from “deep” massage as others prefer a lighter touch. This is an individual choice.
Generally, many doctors prescribe an anti-depressant or muscle relaxant to help you sleep better and go through the day with less pain. This medication helps you perform your daily living activities with less stress.
Fibromyalgia medical testing will include urine testing. These urine tests rule out other possible conditions that have similar symptoms.
In many pregnant women symptoms of fibromyalgia may be increased. It is also possible that some symptoms may disappear or decrease due to the change in hormonal balance. A fibromyalgia flare up tends to occur in the third trimester. Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to do activities such as yoga, pilates and discontinue their medication.
Consult with your family physician before making any changes to your medication if you are or planning to get pregnant.
Fibromyalgia back pain appears to be the most most common complaint for tender spots.