Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic rheumatic disorder. Sufferers may experience all-over pain, tenderness, cognitive issues, sleep problems, headaches and other symptoms.

Far more women than men are affected; 5 million American adults are estimated to have it. The cause is unclear, though it may be connected to a physically or emotionally traumatic event, repetitive injury or an illness, though sometimes the trigger isn’t obvious.

Fibromyalgia is a disorder defined by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, lack of sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Fibromyalgia causes:
• musculoskeletal pain (muscles and bones)
• areas of tenderness (body)
• general fatigue
• sleep and cognitive disturbances

Fibromyalgia is a long-term chronic condition

Even for healthcare providers, Fibromyalgia can be hard to understand. Its symptoms mimic those of other conditions, and there aren’t any allocated tests to confirm the diagnosis. As a result, fibromyalgia is often misdiagnosed.

In the past, some healthcare providers even questioned whether fibromyalgia was real. Today, it is much better understood. Some of the stigma that used to surround it has eased.

Fibromyalgia can still be challenging to treat. But cell based injections, therapy, and lifestyle changes can help you manage your symptoms and improve quality of life.

Fibromyalgia symptoms

Fibromyalgia causes what’s now referred to as “regions of pain.”

The pain in these regions feels like a consistent dull ache. Your healthcare provider will consider a diagnosis of fibromyalgia if you’ve experienced musculoskeletal pain in 4 out of the 5 regions of pain.

This process of diagnosis focuses on the areas of musculoskeletal pain and severity of pain as opposed to an emphasis on pain duration, which was the previously the focal criteria for a fibromyalgia diagnosis.

Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include:fibromyalgia

• fatigue
• trouble sleeping
• non-restorative sleep (sleeping enough but don’t feel rested)
• headaches
• depression
• anxiety/stress
• trouble focusing or paying attention
• pain or a dull ache in the lower belly
• dry eye
• bladder problems

In people with fibromyalgia, the brain and nerves may misinterpret or overreact to normal pain signals. This may be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain or abnormality in the dorsal root ganglion.

Fibromyalgia can also affect your emotional state and energy level.

“Fibro fog” or “Brain fog”

A term some people use to describe the fuzzy feeling they have.

Signs of fibro fog include:

• memory lapses
• difficulty concentrating
• trouble staying alert

According to a 2015 study, some people are frustrated more by the mental fogginess than from the pain caused by Fibromyalgia.

Contact Nona Medical Arts to explore treatments for Fibromyalgia