A lot of traditional fibromyalgia treatment tends to focus on relieving symptoms. Moreover, because fibromyalgia is a syndrome, different people will often experience a different set of symptoms.
While symptomatic relief can help a lot of the time, all symptoms are unlikely to disappear completely. Unfortunately, the bottom line is that there is no cure for fibromyalgia right now.
However, with the right help and support, people with fibromyalgia can begin to lead normal lives once more.
Some or more of the following will often help people with fibromyalgia:
- Physical therapy
- Lifestyle changes
- Chiropractic care
- Medication, such as antidepressants and painkillers
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What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia, also known as fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), is a debilitating, long-term condition that causes pain all over a person’s body. Because of its symptoms, fibromyalgia is often confused with arthritis. However, the distinct difference is that fibromyalgia has not been found to cause joint and muscle damage.
While fibromyalgia can affect people of all ages, it is most likely to occur in those aged between 30 and 50. Moreover, fibromyalgia is thought to affect around 7 times more women than men.
Although it is not clear exactly how many people are affected by fibromyalgia, research suggests it is a very common condition. In fact, the charity Fibromyalgia Action UK estimates that one person in 20 in the UK could have the condition.
One of the primary reasons why exact figures remain unavailable is because fibromyalgia is a difficult condition to diagnose. There is no definitive test and because its symptoms are similar to other conditions, fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed.
While Fibromyalgia is usually associated with widespread muscle and joint pain, there are other common symptoms. These include:
- Extreme tiredness (fatigue)
- Trouble sleeping
- Jaw pain and stiffness
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Muscle stiffness
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Memory and concentration problems (known as “fibro-fog”)
- Lower abdominal pain
- Restless leg syndrome (RLS)
- Sensitivity to cold or heat
- Tingling in the hands and feet
It’s not clear why some people develop Fibromyalgia, but potential causes are thought to include:
- Chemical imbalances
- Repetitive injuries
- A viral infection
- Giving birth
- Having surgery
- An extremely emotional life event, such as a relationship breakdown or the death of a loved one
- Sleep problems
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Autoimmune diseases such as lupus
- Central nervous system problems
- Temporomandibular disorder (TMD)