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A simple overview of
a complicated condition
by Connie Comadoll
What is it?
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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 or sexual abuse
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Infection can cause immune system to go into a hyper mode
From Hepatitis B or C
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
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.
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
Feeling of being “out of it”
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
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.
Low impact aerobic exercise
Heat therapies – heating pads, steamy shower, hot tub
Cold therapies – ice packs, cool shower