FibromylagiaFibromyalgia is a medical condition that causes widespread pain, sleep dysfunctions, memory issues, fatigue and psychological disorders. Medical researchers and physicians have discovered that fibromyalgia intensifies the pain receptors in the brain, making physical discomfort worse than those who do not have fibromyalgia.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Many times symptoms manifest after a period of psychological stress, surgery or physical trauma. However, some sufferers have no distinguishable trigger event. Women account for more than 80 percent of fibromyalgia patients; however, men and even children can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Additionally, people who suffer with anxiety, depression, TMJ disorders, tension headaches and IBS are more prone to developing fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia has a myriad of physical and psychological symptoms. Symptoms may vary from patient to patient; however, pain is the most common symptom. Suffers may experience neck pain, headaches, stomach pains and other musculoskeletal discomforts.

  • Widespread Pain Throughout the Body – Sufferers exhibit dull aches and pains that lasts for more than three months. The pain is widespread and is located on each side of the body and above and below the waist.
  • Unexplainable Fatigue – People suffering with fibromyalgia often experience extreme fatigue. They wake up tired even after sleeping longer than their counterparts. This may be caused by widespread pain, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.
  • Cognitive Complications – Fibromyalgia causes many cognitive problems. Sufferers may experience fibro fog. This condition prevents people from focusing, concentrating and even completing everyday tasks.

Fibromyalgia symptoms can vary from person to person. Some will experience anxiety and depression while others may experience tension headaches or gastrointestinal disturbances. Gastrointestinal disturbances may include stomach pain, irritable bowel syndrome and acid reflux.

Causes of Fibromyalgia

Researchers believe that overstimulation to the pain receptors in the brain causes increased neurotransmitters in the brain. This results in increased chemical levels in the body. Over time, the pain intensifies and causes sufferers to overreact to the pain signals from the brain.

Although researchers do not have a definitive cause for fibromyalgia, they have discovered that numerous issues can increase the risk of fibromyalgia. Certain genetic mutations may also cause fibromyalgia. A number of physical and psychological triggers that can cause fibromyalgia. When illnesses occur, the body’s immune system can become compromised. When this occurs, the body is often unable to cope with changes. One such trigger is emotional trauma. Stress causes a plethora of medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disorders, pain and gastrointestinal woes. Medical research has proven that those suffering from PTSD are more likely to develop fibromyalgia.

Risk Factors

One of the primary risk factors when it comes to fibromyalgia is sex. Women are up to 80 percent more likely to develop Fibromylagia Neck Painfibromyalgia than men. However, both men and children can be diagnosed with this debilitating disorder. Your family history can also increase your risk of developing fibromyalgia. If a blood relative has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, your risk of diagnosis increases. Finally, people who have been diagnosed with lupus or rheumatoid arthritis have a greater risk of getting fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood and can result in strained relationships, frustration and other health conditions. Widespread pain along with sleep deprivation can cause problems at home and on the job. Problems with relationships can occur because of the anxiety and depression associated with fibromyalgia.

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