Fibromyalgia is a broad and common complex disorder in which you have widespread pain and tenderness in your body and is usually accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. The additional symptoms tend to impact overall quality of life. The pain and tenderness usually waxes and wanes with time. It is important to rule out any other co-existing issues or diseases that could possibly cause the pain or tenderness. Such examples can be: postural issues, lupus, thyroid hormone resistance, and rheumatoid arthritis. Generally a doctor will diagnose fibromyalgia through a combination of symptoms and overall well-being with the person. Fibromyalgia pain and symptoms can vary greatly for each person and at varying levels of intensity. Common symptoms may include:
- Muscle pain and/or tenderness
- Sleep Issues (sleep apnea, having a hard time staying asleep, or waking up unrefreshed)
- Cognitive Difficulties (having memory problems or unable to think clearly)
- Overall muscle stiffness
Additionally people may feel: depression or anxiety, migraines, tensions headaches, pelvic pain, bladder and/or bowel issues, tinnitus and reflux
At this time there is no cure for fibromyalgia and most people need multiple approaches to manage the pain or relieve some symptoms. Treatments such as cognitive and behavioral therapies are often suggested, gentle exercise and medications are often prescribed.