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Key Information About Fibromyalgia

Updated on June 16, 2019
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Overview

Also known as fibrositis and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS), fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.

This condition affects an estimated 3-6 percent of the world population. While it is most prevalent in women (75-90 percent of the people who have fibromyalgia are women) it also occurs in men and children of all ethnic groups.

May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND) since 1992.

CIND illnesses include Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM), Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

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Fibromyalgia is misunderstood not only by many members of the public, but by some medical professionals.

— Sharon Waldrop, Vice President, National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association.

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Causes

Fibromyalgia seems to run in families. Painful conditions like arthritis and infection increase the risk of this disorder.

Children who are abused are more likely to have the condition when they grow up.

"We’ve all experienced those flares where our entire body aches so much that it almost vibrates.

I used to reach for pain-killers as my first step of attack, but over time I’ve noticed this all-over, achy feeling is often triggered by my contact with certain toxins, such as glyphosate (aka Roundup weed killer) in food or chemicals in household products" said Donna Gregory Burch, who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2014.

A new study published in the online medical journal PLoS One found that insulin resistance may be behind fibromyalgia.

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Symptoms

Fibromyalgia may be not be life-threatening but it can have a huge impact on the affected person's life.

Main symptoms of fibromyalgia are:

  • widespread pain
  • increased sensitivity to pain
  • extreme tiredness (fatigue)
  • sleep disturbance.

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Treatment

Pregabalin (Lyrica), gabapentin (Neurontin), duloxetine (Cymbalta), milnacipran (Savella), amitryptiline hydrochloride (Elavil, Endep), fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), tramadol (Ultracet, Ultram), cylobenzaprine (Cycloflex, Flexeril) and modafinil (Provigil) are some medicines used to treat fibromyalgia.

Despite more awareness of this invisible and debilitating condition after Lady Gaga revealed she lives with it in her documentary Five Foot Two, there's less research than there needs to be around fibromyalgia.

Insulin resistance measured with the surrogate marker hemoglobin (Hb)A1c was strongly associated with fibromyalgia in a small study, which may hold implications for the treatment of this poorly understood pain syndrome.

Prevention

Fibromyalgia cannot be prevented. Proper treatment and lifestyle changes can help reduce the frequency and severity of the symptoms.

Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet that includes natural food, doing yoga daily, and getting enough rest are good rules to follow if you hope to prevent fibromyalgia.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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    • srirad0675 profile imageAUTHOR

      Srikanth R 

      4 months ago

      Yes, very painful.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      This is a troubling condition. I have a friend who experienced it recently.

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