The Facts on Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Millions of Americans are affected by the elusive and debilitating illness, fibromyalgia.  The symptoms can often overlap with other diseases, and the condition itself is not well understood.

Fibromyalgia: The Symptoms

The severity of fibromyalgia symptoms can vary from one person to the next.  Pain and fatigue are nearly always present.  Common fibromyalgia symptoms may include:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Memory problems
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Headaches, migraines and facial pain
  • Depression, anxiety or mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth, eyes and skin
  • Heightened sensitivity to noise, odors, bright lights and touch

fibromyalgia painSymptom Triggers

Some of the below factors may worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia:

  • Changes in the weather—if it is too hot or too cold
  • Too much or too little physical activity
  • Too much or too little rest
  • Stress, anxiety or depression

What Causes Fibromyalgia?

The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown, but doctors do know that patients with the disorder experience an increased sensation of pain due to a glitch in the central nervous system’s processing of pain information.

Am I at Risk for Fibromyalgia?

These factors may increase your risk for developing fibromyalgia:

Gender – Fibromyalgia is more common among women than men

Age- Symptoms of fibromyalgia usually appear during middle age

Other Diseases – People with certain diseases may be more likely to develop fibromyalgia.   Diseases include:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Lupus
  • Spinal arthritis

Family History – You may be at a higher risk if you have a relative who suffers from fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Treatment

There is no single treatment for fibromyalgia, and it often requires a team approach.  Treatment options may include:

  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Pain-management and coping techniques
  • Learning how to properly balance rest and activity
  • Painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs

Natural Lifestyle Changes

Natural treatment of fibromyalgia includes:

  • Regular exercise
  • Regular sleeping habits
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Acupuncture or massage
  • Good posture habits
  • Proper nutrition and supplements

Learn about other common chronic pain conditions here.

If you are experiencing pain in your muscles that lasts for several months along with significant fatigue, contact IMS Pain Management and schedule an appointment with us today!