What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is characterized by diffuse musculoskeletal pain that can be accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues.
Diffuse musculoskeletal pain is the most common symptom of fibromyalgia. This pain is often characterized as a constant dull ache. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue and cognitive issues.
Causes and Risks
It is unknown why fibromyalgia develops. Research has supported the concept that it can be triggered by both physical and or emotional trauma. In some cases, symptoms can develop over time without a single triggering event. It is more common in women than in men.
Treatment and Prevention
The general treatment for fibromyalgia is a blend of self-care and medication. The treatments are focused on minimizing the symptoms and improving the overall health of the patient. Medications can help to reduce pain. Physical therapy and counseling can be very effective in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia. Alternative treatments can also be an option for the pain and stress due to fibromyalgia. Self-care is very important. A healthy lifestyle and diet can help to improve overall health and wellness.