Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical diagnosis that is characterised by chronic widespread pain and heightened and painful response to pressure. Symptoms other than pain may occur including feeling tired to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems, and joint stiffness. Some people also report difficulty with swallowing bowel and bladder abnormalities,numbness and tingling, and cognitive dysfunction. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
The cause of fibromyalgia is unknown but believed to involve psychological, genetic, neurobiological, and environmental factors. There is evidence that environmental factors and certain genes increase the risk of developing fibromyalgia; these same genes are also associated with other functional somatic syndromes and major depressive disorder.The pain, appears to stem from neurochemical imbalances and the activation of inflammatory pathways in the brain which results in abnormalities in pain-processing. Fibromyalgia is recognized as a disease. Fibromyalgia is described as a "central sensitization syndrome" caused by biological abnormalities in the nervous system which act to produce pain and cognitive impairments as well as psychological problems. Despite this, there is controversy about the cause and nature of fibromyalgia and how people affected by it are described by those in the medical community.
The treatment of fibromyalgia can be difficult. Recommendations often include getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet. The medications duloxetine, milnacipran, or pregabalin may be used. Opioid pain medication are poorly supported by evidence. Dietary supplements also lack evidence to support their use. While fibromyalgia can last a long time, it does not result in death or tissue damage.
Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–8% of the population.
Females are affected about 7 to 9 times more often than males. The term "fibromyalgia" derives from New Latin, fibro-, meaning "fibrous tissues", Greek μυώ myo-, "muscle", and Greek άλγος algos, "pain"; thus the term literally means "muscle and connective tissue pain.
Source : wikipedia
The book " The Secret Language of your Body" by Inna Segal states that there is an emotional component behind fibromyalgia.
Something to take into consideration:
-feeling unwanted, knocked down by life's challenges, overstressed. Lacking the strength to get up and keep going. Too much to do, and not enough time and energy to do it. Life feels like a fight. Feeling stuck, resistant to growth, movement, and exploration. Overflowing with sadness, regret, guilt, and worry. Feeling depressed, suppressed and on guard.
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