What is Fibromyalgia?

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Overview:

Fibromyalgia may be associated with an elevated risk of mortality owing to sensitivity to accidents, infections, and, in particular, suicide, according to a pooled data analysis.

About Fibromyalgia

 

  • It is a long-term (chronic) health condition that causes pain and tenderness throughout your body.
  • It causes musculoskeletal pain and fatigue.

 

What causes Fibromyalgia?

  • The cause of fibromyalgia is not known, but studies show that people with the disorder have a heightened sensitivity to pain, so they feel pain when others do not.
  • Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain and spinal cord process painful and nonpainful signals.
  • People with fibromyalgia usually experience symptoms that come and go in periods called flare-ups. 

 

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

  • The two most common symptoms of fibromyalgia are pain and fatigue. Other symptoms include,
    • Muscle pain or tenderness.
    • Fatigue.
    • Face and jaw pain (temporomandibular joint disorders).
    • Headaches and migraines.
    • Digestive problems, including diarrhea and constipation.
    • Bladder control issues.

 

Who is affected by Fibromyalgia?

  • Anyone can develop fibromyalgia. It affects people of any age, including children.
  • Women are more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.

 

Treatment of Fibromyalgia

  • While there is no cure for fibromyalgia, a variety of medications can help control symptoms.
  • Treatment typically involves a combination of exercise or other movement therapies, psychological and behavioural therapy, and medications.

 


Q1) What is the spinal cord?

The spinal cord is a long, tube-like band of tissue. It connects your brain to your lower back. Your spinal cord carries nerve signals from your brain to your body and vice versa. These nerve signals help you feel sensations and move your body.

Source: Fibromyalgia related to increased chances of death: Study