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Fibromyalgia

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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia, pronounced fi·bro·my·al·gi·a, is a condition that causes widespread pain throughout the body. It can cause sleep problems, fatigue and mental or emotional distress. Patients with fibromyalgia often experience abnormal pain perception processing, which is a sensitivity to pain those without it do not have.  

Fibromyalgia affects about about 2% of the U.S. adult population, which is roughly 4 million adults. The cause for fibromyalgia is not known, but with the result of research over time has resulted in effective treatments that can help manage its impact. 

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FIBROMYALGIA

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Signs and Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • Full body pain and stiffness
  • Extreme tiredness/fatigue
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Issues with thinking, memory and concentration
  • Chronic headaches, including migraines

Other symptoms might include:

  • Numbness or tingling in hands and feet
  • Pain in the face or jaw
    • Temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ)
  • Digestive issues
    • stomach pain
    • bloating
    • constipation
    • irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

Cause of Fibromyalgia

The cause of fibromyalgia is currently unknown. Researchers have a variety of theories. One link may be between sleep problems and stress. Another indicates a relation to immune, endocrine or biochemical problems.

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