Fibromyalgia is an uncommon disorder that affects over six million people in the United States today. Eighty percent of the six million people who suffer from fibromyalgia are women. Fibromyalgia typically occurs in both genders between the ages of forty to sixty. The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but there are several theories as to why it develops.

This disorder is defined by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, and psychological problems. It is believed that fibromyalgia causes the brain to perceive pain at an amplified rate. At the moment there is no cure for fibromyalgia, but there are several techniques that can be used to manage it.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

The main symptom of fibromyalgia is the pain associated with it. The typical areas affected are the tender points of the body such as the upper chest, hips, inner knees, top of the shoulders, back of the head, front of the neck, and outer elbows. When pressure is applied to one of these points chronic pain will occur.

There are many other symptoms associated with fibromyalgia as well. Anxiety and depression are both psychological problems that can develop as a result of this illness. Those with this disease usually have trouble falling asleep or feel tired even after resting for a long period of time. Even though a person may sleep through it, the body will stay awake if pain continues to disrupt it throughout the night.  Continue reading for Causes, Treatment and Prevention information . . .


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