What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain disorder often triggered by a physically or psychologically stressful event or trauma. As a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body, fibromyalgia symptoms tend to linger, even though the individual may have healed properly from the prior stressor or event. In other cases, the disorder may arise without a known cause or trigger.


Symptoms of Fibromyalgia:

  • Long-term pain, normally over three months
  • Fatigue
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Headaches
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Problems with mental processing

Types of Fibromyalgia:

  1. Hyperalgesia
  2. Joint Pain
  3. Allodynia
  4. Neuropathic Pain
  5. Headaches
  6. Abdominal and Pelvic Pain
  7. Widespread muscle pain


What Causes Fibromyalgia?

  • Abnormal pain messages due to changes in the central nervous system
  • Low levels of certain hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, or norepinephrine
  • Sleep problems
  • Genetics
  • Infection
  • Injury
  • Labor


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