What is Fibromyalgia?
What is Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition characterized by widespread pain in your muscles, ligaments and tendons, as well as fatigue and multiple tender points places on your body where slight pressure causes pain. Women are much more likely to develop the disorder than
are men, and the risk of fibromyalgia increases with age.

Symptoms

Fibromyalgia symptoms often begin after a physical or emotional trauma, but in many cases there appears to be no triggering event. Signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary, depending on the weather, stress, physical activity or even the time of day.

1) Widespread pain and tender points
2) Fatigue and sleep disturbances.
3) Co-existing conditions


Causes

Doctors don't know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together. These may include:

1) Genetics
2) Infections
3) Physical or emotional trauma


Western medicine treatment

In general, treatments for fibromyalgia include both medication and self-care. The emphasis is on minimizing symptoms and improving general health. Some of the treatments include:

1) Analgesics
2) Anti-inflammatory drugs
3) Antidepressants
4) Anti-seizure drugs
5) Physical therapy
6) Counseling


Adopted from Wei Laboratories Inc.