Fibromyalgia is a commonly misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain and fatigue that require specialized treatment from your doctor. To learn more about this syndrome and the pain management treatments currently available, keep reading.
What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is the second most common musculoskeletal condition. It is characterized by pain and fatigue in the body unrelated to physical activity, trauma, or any other discernible cause. While the onset of fibromyalgia may coincide with an accident, surgery, infection, or stress, there is not always a single event that causes the syndrome. It can be slow to progress and is often misdiagnosed at first because of the lack of a clear onset or cause of pain and other symptoms.
What Are The Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
The symptoms of fibromyalgia commonly include widespread pain, aching, or tenderness that makes your muscles feel overworked, sore, or even painful. You may experience trouble sleeping, headaches, swelling, and numbness in your hands and feet. Often, you will feel extreme fatigue or soreness, even after a full night’s sleep or without exercise or physical activity. You may also experience disturbances in sleep or mood, including depression or anxiety, and may have trouble concentrating on tasks.
How Is Fibromyalgia Treated?
There is no known cure for fibromyalgia, and fibromyalgia treatments generally target the specific symptoms and pain in each individual suffering from the syndrome. Most often, a combination of medication and physical therapy or exercise is used to strengthen the body and keep it functioning well. Behavioral or mood treatments may also help, especially in cases where the sufferer feels anxious or depressed. Commonly prescribed medications include antidepressants and drugs effective for treating nerve pain. In addition, alternative treatments such as massage therapy can help stimulate blood flow, relieve tension, and address specific trigger points of muscle pain or soreness to promote well-being and reduce pain.
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