I originally planned to write this one post covering, what Fibromyalgia is, how to get a diagnosis/how to deal with doctors and for the newly diagnosed but when writing up I realised it would be too long so I have decided to split it down and cover each thing in separate posts.
What is Fibromyalgia ?
Fibromyalgia Syndrome. At first it can seem a little intimidating and a mouthful and a half but broken down it makes sense. 'Fibro' mean's fibrous connective tissue (Tendons and Ligaments), 'My' means muscle, and 'algia' means pain. The word syndrome means a collection of symptoms that when they occur together identify as an illness.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is believed to arise from a variety of factors, it is most commonly from some kind of trauma, accident, infection or injury, though the exact cause and reasoning for the illness arising is unknown and there is still being research into it. Though researchers believe that various factors may contribute to Fibromyalgia, such as Psychology,Physical,Nutritional, biological and environmental factors.
The symptoms with fibromyalgia seem to be endless, and there works out to be roughly over 60 different symptoms that people with Fibromyalgia have been known to suffer from. I am just going to list some of the most common main ones or I will be here all day.
Physical Symptoms that can occur :
- widespread pain
- numbness and tingling
- extreme Fatigue
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Irritable bladder
- Painful PMS
- Morning bodily stiffness
- Intolerance to cold/heat
- Poor Stamina
Psychological symptoms that can occur :
- sleep disturbance
- Cognitive defects such as 'Brain/fibro fog'
Some good new's Fibromyalgia is not a degenerative disease, it does not cause deformaty, and you can not die from it.
Tender points are area's of extreme tenderness in specific locations, usually at the junctions of muscles and the bone.They may be exquisitely painful when they are pressed, but otherwise they may not cause pain. Tender points are a key part of getting the diagnosis of Fibromyalgia. ( which I will talk about in my post on getting a Diagnosis).
Look out for my next post in this series next Thursday:-)
Thank you for reading