What is Fibromyalgia?


What is it? Who is affects? What are some of the symptoms?

I was diagnosed at the age of 23 after having my son. I am pretty sure that I’ve suffered with it longer than that. Growing up I always had this constant pressure in my shoulder blades. I had aches and pains and bouts of feeling exhausted. Of course I was getting older and that is what I associated it to, growing pains.

What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness. It is a musculoskeletal illness which means it affects your bones and your muscles. It if often categorized as having wide spread pain and chronic fatigue.

It is still hard to diagnose or treat as everyone has different symptoms to varying degrees and not much is known about the illness. Many people still believe that it is not a condition but a state of mind ( which is BS). It is also hard to treat because the symptoms often imitate that of other diseases. There’s also no real test yet ,that can be run to diagnose. The diagnoses is often done through the trigger point test. The doctor will push on “trigger points” throughout your body. You need to be sensitive to at least 11 out of the 18 to be considered as having fibromyalgia.

Symptoms

Fibromyalgia is hard to diagnose because the symptoms can vary greatly from person to person. Some commons symptoms that usually happen in people with fibromyalgia are:

  • Wide spread pain
  • Trigger points
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Cognitive Impairements : trouble concentrating or even doing simple tasks.

There are many, many more symptoms which I am hoping to touch on in later post.

Who is affected?

Fibromyalgia can affect any anyone but you are more likely to have fibromyalgia if:

  • You have a family history of it. Often genes play a role in the diseases we can get and this one is no different. In my family my mother has it.
  • You are a female. More woman are affected by this disorder then males
  • You suffer from other inflammatory conditions such as: arthritis and lupus.

What causes it?

There is no known reason as to why fibromyalgia is caused. It has been thought though that some of the following factors my play a role in developing the illness.

  • Genetics: as seen in who is affected, your sex and family history play a role in whether or not you get the illness. Females tend to be diagnosed more often then men. If one of your family has it as well odds are you can develop it
  • History of trauma: When I say trauma it can be anything that causes trauma to your body. Infections, accidents, giving birth, as well as mental trauma such as stress an depression. Mental trauma often affects our physical body but a lot of people may not realize this.

At the end of day there is many theories as to why we develop this illness but there is nothing fully proven yet. There’s plenty of research being done now though.

Is there a cure?

There is no cure for people with fibromyalgia. People affected by this illness can only try to manage the symptoms by diet, exercise, and medication.

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