What Is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is disorder that causes chronic and widespread pain throughout the body. Fibromyalgia affects people physically and mentally. Fibromyalgia can be brought on from a trauma to the body or spine, depression, or in some cases it can develop on its own. The disorder is caused by over active nerves, which swell up and cause what has become known as trigger points. The trigger points cause the pain associated with Fibromyalgia, as well as limitations to your range of motion; predominantly in your neck, back, and hips. The average person affected by Fibromyalgia has between 18 and 28 trigger points. In more severe cases a person can have over 50. Fibromyalgia can also cause depression, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, stress, mental cloudiness, facial pain, joint pain, jaw ache, migraine headaches, skin rashes, dry eyes and mouth, irritable bladder, digestive problems, and vision sensitivity to light.
Fibromyalgia will affect people for a lifetime if left untreated. Women are more common than men to develop the disorder and age is not a variable. People from childhood to their 80’s can develop the disorder at any given time. There are more than 12 million people affected by Fibromyalgia in the US alone. Proper diagnosis can be challenging because many doctors do not believe Fibromyalgia to be an accredited disorder and many are not informed nor have acquired any knowledge of the syndrome. The easiest way to tell if you have Fibromyalgia is getting examined to see if you have swelling in trigger point areas. People affected with Fibromyalgia will have swollen trigger points and pain in the same areas. Swollen trigger points will are located to designated spots that do not change person to person. The number of trigger points does increase depending on how severe your Fibromyalgia may be.