A bone is broken every three seconds somewhere in the world as a result of osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that does not normally present any type of discomfort. This is something that at first may seem favourable, but this just makes the disease go unnoticed and only come to light when the first fracture occurs or when a series of these take place. 

If we focus on the data, we will really gain a greater awareness of the importance of this disease worldwide:

Osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million bone fractures a year. It is estimated that a total of 200 million women suffer from osteoporosis: that is approximately 1 in every 10 women aged 60 years, 1 in 5 aged 70 years, 2 out of every 5 when the age is 80, and the ratio is 3 in every 5 women who reach the age of 90. By combining the population of Europe, the USA and Japan, it is estimated that a total of 75 million people are affected by the disease.  Defining the disease that makes us fragile In 1993, the World Health Organisation (WHO) defined osteoporosis as “a systemic Read more

Fibromyalgia: living with the pain

Some diseases confront us with one of the most fearsome enemies of medicine: pain. That is certainly the case when we speak of fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that occurs more frequently in women and usually manifests itself from the ages of 20 to 30. It is characterised by the following complex symptoms:

  • Chronic widespread pain in muscles or joints, which is accentuated with activity.
  • Sleep disorders: despite getting enough sleep, the patient may wake up feeling unrested. This could be caused by disruptions in the deepest stage of sleep, the delta stage.
    • Stagnation, especially in the morning or after prolonged sitting.
    • Headaches and face aches as a result of stiffness in the neck and shoulder muscles.
    • Painful menstrual periods in women.
    • Cognitive disorders like “fibro fog”: memory lapses and feelings of inability to take on multiple tasks simultaneously.
    • Paresthesia: tingling or numbness in hands and feet.
Is fibromyalgia a disease? In fact, fibromyalgia is a complex set of controllable symptoms whose appearance does not show a risk of mortality. Fortunately, muscles or joints do not suffer any damage, so the evolution of fibromyalgia does not normally bring about an aggravation. Unfortunately, as is the case with other disorders of this kind, the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, which may take several years, is complicated and involves being treated by different doctors and specialists. What causes fibromyalgia? We do not yet know the real origin of fibromyalgia. According to some theories, it could be caused by disturbances of the normal functions of the Read more