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

    • For last 3 months or more

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

    • Steady

    • Crampy

    or Joint pain

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

    • Both sides of the body

    • Recurrent

    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 physical activity, Occurs or worsens with deep inspiration

    or Pain in the leg above the knee

    or Back pain

    • Localized

    • Occurs or worsens with prolonged standing

    • More than 8 weeks

    common

    Fatigue

    common

    Lack of concentration

    common

    Joint is sore to touch

    • Shoulder sore to the touch

    or Arms hurt when touched

    or Thigh hurts 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 buttocks

    common

    Headache

    • Chronic or persistent pain

    • Radiates to the back of head

    • Steady

    • Throbbing

    • Stabbing headache

    • Tight band-like pain around the head and neck

    • Recurrent

    • Rapidly developing

    common

    Depression

    or Anxiety

    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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