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A simple overview of

a complicated condition

by Connie Comadoll

Choose an area to learn more

What is it?



Title Page /


What is Fibromyalgia?What causes it?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that affects primarily woman between the ages of 25 and 40. There is little known about its cause, but in recent years, research has produced a few theories.

Physical Trauma

Car Accident

Physical or sexual abuse

Life-threatening Illness

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Bacterial or Viral Infection

Infection can cause immune system to go into a hyper mode

From Hepatitis B or C

Genetic /Chemical Imbalances

Abnormalities in the Hypothalamus, Thyroid, Pituitary and Adrenal Glands

Central Nervous System abnormalities

Much higher levels of Substance P – brain/pain neuro-chemical

Low levels of Cortisol and/or Serotonin


Allergic reactions

Chemical hypersensitivity

What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is not life threatening in the sense that it will not cause death, but for many the symptoms threaten their quality of life to the point of being debilitating.

Severity of symptoms vary for each person, but most patients agree that the following affect them most adversely.

Widespread Pain and Muscle Stiffness

All over muscle pain

Usually to some degree everyday.

Worst pain can migrate around body.

Muscle stiffness worst in the morning upon waking.

May diminish as day goes on, but usually not completely.


Extreme fatigue even in the morning

Many experience disrupted sleep - waking during night either for no reason or from the pain


Confusion and forgetfulness

Trouble with paying attention

Concentration difficulty

Feeling of being “out of it”

Other symptoms

Restless Legs – achiness and irritability in the legs

Paresthesis – “pins and needles” primarily in legs, hands or feet

Tinnitus – high-pitched ringing in the ears

What is the treatment?

Although there is no “magic bullet” to treat Fibromyalgia, there are some good options for controlling the pain and other symptoms so that you can still have a productive life.


OTC (over-the-counter)

Pain relievers


Topical remedies


Muscle relaxants



Exercise / Movement

Low impact aerobic exercise

Water exercise

Slow stretching



Hands-on Therapies


Heat therapies – heating pads, steamy shower, hot tub

Cold therapies – ice packs, cool shower




Vitamin supplements


Magnet therapy

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