Fibromyalgia gets a helping hand

physiotherapist providing back massage

Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day and Best Doctors hopes that today’s post might contribute towards the awareness of this disease. Depending on the country, it is estimated that 2 to 5% of adults suffer from fibromyalgia. Of those affected, 80% to 90% are women between 20 and 50 years of age.

Fibromyalgia is a non-inflammatory, chronic musculoskeletal syndrome of unknown origin that is mainly characterised by generalised pain throughout the body, extreme fatigue, sleep disturbances and emotional changes. It can also cause severe physical and emotional disability. Fibromyalgia is currently believed to be a form of rheumatism associated with increased sensitivity to a painful stimulus. The term “rheumatism” can be justified by the fact that fibromyalgia involves muscles, tendons and ligaments. Joints and bones, however, are not affected. Although fibromyalgia may be extremely painful and disabling, it does not cause deformation. Symptoms Pain – chronic and diffused throughout the body, varying in intensity according 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