What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a widespread chronic condition that affects the muscles and bones, causing hypersensitivity to pain and external stimuli. Experts believe that fibromyalgia can modify the way our brain and spinal cord receive and process physical signals and amplify them. This condition is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as it mimics the symptoms of many other conditions, and no one test detects it with absolute certainty.
Causes of Fibromyalgia
The root cause of Fibromyalgia Syndrome is still unknown; however, it can be traced back to injuries, infections, emotional stress, and genetics. Women are more likely to develop Fibromyalgia, as well as people with a history of arthritis and other conditions alike. While this condition can affect people of any age, it is more commonly detected in middle age.
Fibromyalgia is described as a painful condition that spreads all over the body, mostly affecting the joints, bones, and muscles. The type of pain is comparable to that of conditions such as osteoarthritis, but it is widespread instead of being localized. Other symptoms include:
- Cognitive Impairment
- Increased Urination
Fibromyalgia Treatment & Relief
The recommended treatment for Fibromyalgia Syndrome is a combination of medications and lifestyle changes. People with fibromyalgia may benefit from mild daily exercise, a balanced diet, physical, and massage therapy. Depending on the pain’s severity, over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen may be enough to manage the pain. For more advanced cases, the following medications may be prescribed:
Milnacipran & Duloxetine
These antidepressants are often prescribed to treat fibromyalgia’s pain and fatigue. They can improve the quality of sleep.
This anti-seizure medication acts as a nerve blocker, preventing them from sending pain reception signals to the brain. These effects may help reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms.
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Fibromyalgia Diagnosis & Testing
Fibromyalgia Syndrome is diagnosed through a combination of various methods. Firstly, a specialist will perform a physical examination and conduct a thorough study of your medical and family history. Other tests may also be employed to rule out any other possible conditions such as bursitis, osteoarthritis, lupus, among others. Some of these tests include:
- Blood tests
- CT Scans
If your physician cannot determine an alternative cause, and you have been suffering from widespread pain for over three months, you may be diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Once diagnosed, pain management specialists can assist in developing the best plan to treat your condition.