Fibromyalgia syndrome is a common and chronic disorder characterized by widespread muscle pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points. 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.
Fibromyalgia is called a syndrome rather than a disease because unlike a disease, it is not a medical condition with a specific cause(s) and recognizable signs and symptoms. A syndrome is a collection of signs, symptoms, and medical problems that tend to occur together but are not related to a specific identifiable cause.
Diagnosing fibromyalgia is difficult because there is not a single specific diagnostic laboratory test. Usually the process involved is ruling out other health problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis through blood lab work and x-rays.
Once other medical conditions are ruled out the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) established two general classification guidelines for classifying your illness as fibromyalgia: 1) experienced widespread aching pain for a least three months and 2) have a minimum of 11 (of the 18 locations) with pain in specific areas of your body when light pressure is applied, including the back of your head, upper back and neck, upper chest, elbows, hips and knees. Not all doctors agree with these guidelines believing that the criteria are too rigid and that you can have fibromyalgia even if you do not meet the required minimum number of tender points.
Some other symptoms you may experience (in addition to pain, fatigue, and sleep disturbances):
Symptoms can vary depending on the weather, stress, physical activity and/or time of day.
Fibromyalgia affects 3 to 6 million Americans (or as many as one in fifty) - with 80-90% of those diagnosed being women. Most people are diagnosed during middle age, although the symptoms often become present earlier in life.
Many people associate the development of fibromyalgia with a physically or emotionally stressful or traumatic event, such as an automobile accident. Some connect it to repetitive injuries; others link it to an illness, but the actual causes of fibromyalgia are unknown.
People with other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are exceptionally susceptible to developing fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is not a progressive disease. It is never fatal, and it won't cause damage to your joints. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition, meaning it lasts a long time - perhaps a lifetime.
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. At present there are no FDA approved medications. Doctors will usually prescribe one or more types of drugs to help treat the symptoms: However every drug has its side effects.
The most important thing you can do is to take an active role in your treatment. Some essential things you can do for your health are to take in the proper nutrition, get enough sleep, exercise and adjust your work schedule.
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