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What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain in muscles and skeleton, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Fibromyalgia amplifies the actual pain you feel by changing the way your brain p..

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Fibromyalgia is a disorder that causes widespread pain in muscles and skeleton, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Fibromyalgia amplifies the actual pain you feel by changing the way your brain processes signals of pain. Researchers believe that women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Also, the disorder usually sets in after a physical trauma or other reasons like infections, surgeries or psychological stress. Sometimes, the symptoms tend to accumulate over time without a single cause to be pointed out. Many people who suffer from fibromyalgia also suffer from anxiety, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, tension headaches and temporomandibular joint disorders. Although there is no known cure to fibromyalgia, there are many medications that help to control symptoms. Also, relaxation, stress-reduction and exercise go a long way in controlling the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

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Fibromyalgia
Symptoms
symptoms

The most prominent symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • Fatigue
  • Body ache
  • Difficulties with cognition
  • Depression
  • Cramps and pain in lower abdomen

Causes
causes

It is believed that fibromyalgia is caused by changes in the neurotransmitters of your brain. The abnormality of certain chemical levels in the brain could trigger such a disorder. Therefore, the pain causing transmission happens repeatedly, or else exaggerates lesser amounts of pain to feel unbearable. In this condition, the pain receptors of the brain become over-sensitive and overreact to pain signals.
The causes of fibromyalgia are not known for certain. However, some contributing factors may include:

  • Women are more likely to develop the disorder than men.
  • Physical or emotional trauma
  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Rheumatic disease like rheumatoid arthritis

Risks
risks

Possible risks of fibromyalgia are:

  • Occurs in women more than men
  • Family history
  • Occurrence of rheumatic disease such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus

Prevention
prevention

To prevent fibromyalgia, it is imperative that you:

  • Reduce your stress by avoiding over-exertion
  • Get enough sleep and relaxing everyday
  • Deep breathing exercises such as yoga and meditation

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