Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain all over the body - also referred to as widespread pain-, sleep problems, fatigue, and often emotional and mental distress. People with fibromyalgia may be more sensitive to pain than people without fibromyalgia. This is called abnormal pain perception processing.

Fibromyalgia is typically not life-threatening but can affect day-to-day activities. Seek medical attention if you experience widespread pain that lasts for more than 3 months.
  • Symptoms
  • Muscle pain

    common

    Shoulder pain

    or Abdominal pain

    • In the bottom right region, In the bottom left region, Occurs or worsens after a meal, Reduced after bowel movement

    • For last 3 months or more

    • Steady

    • Crampy

    or Joint pain

    • Both sides of the body

    • Recurrent

    • Elbows, Shoulder pain that doesn't radiate, At hip, Knees

    or Back neck pain

    or Pain in arms

    or Chest pain

    • Occurs or worsens when touching

    • Relieved with a change in position, Relieved with rest

    • Occurs or worsens with laughing, coughing or sneezing, Occurs or worsens with deep inspiration, Occurs or worsens with physical activity

    or Pain at the leg above the knee

    or Back pain

    • Localized

    • Occurs or worsens with prolonged standing

    • More than 8 weeks

    common

    Feeling of tiredness

    common

    Lack of concentration

    common

    Shoulder sore to the touch

    or Arms hurt when touched

    or Thigh hurt when touched

    common

    Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands

    or Numbness or tingling around the ribs

    or Numbness or tingling in legs, feet, or butocks

    common

    Headache

    • Dull

    • Radiates to the back of head

    • Steady

    • Throbbing

    • Stabbing headache

    • Tight band-like pain around the head and neck

    • Recurrent

    • Rapidly developing

    common

    Anxiety

    or Sad mood

    common

    Alternation between diarrhea and constipation

    common

  • Risk factors
  • Treatment
  • Doctors usually treat fibromyalgia with a combination of treatments, which may include: 1- Medications, including prescription drugs and over-the-counter pain relievers 2- Aerobic exercise and muscle-strengthening exercise 3- Patient education classes, usually in primary care or community settings 4- Stress management techniques such as meditation, yoga, and massage 5- Good sleep habits to improve the quality of sleep 6- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to treat the underlying depression. CBT is a type of talk therapy meant to change the way people act or think
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Fibromyalgia, then a visit to a rheumatologist is recommended.

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    Rheumatologist

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