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Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by long-
Fibromyalgia can develop on its own or along with other musculoskeletal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus.
The cause of this disorder is unknown. Physical or emotional trauma may play a role in development of the syndrome. Some evidence suggests that fibromyalgia patients have abnormal pain transmission responses.
It has been suggested that sleep disturbances, which are common in fibromyalgia patients, may actually cause the condition. Another theory suggests that the disorder may be associated with changes in skeletal muscle metabolism, possibly caused by decreased blood flow, which could cause chronic fatigue and weakness.
Others have suggested that an infectious microbe, such as a virus, triggers the illness. At this point, no such virus or microbe has been identified.
Pilot studies have shown a possible inherited tendency toward the disease, though evidence is very preliminary.
The disorder has an increased frequency among women 20 to 50 years old. The prevalence of the disease has been estimated between 0.7% and 13% for women, and between 0.2% and 3.9% for men.
The overwhelming characteristic of fibromyalgia is long-
Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain that occurs with various types of arthritis. However, the significant swelling, destruction and deformity of joints seen in diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis does not occur with fibromyalgia syndrome alone.
For some patients, pain improves during the day and increases again during the evening,
though many patients with fibromyalgia have day-
· Multiple tender areas (muscle and joint pain) on the back of the neck, shoulders, sternum, lower back, hips, shins, elbows, knees.
· Sleep disturbances
· Body aches
· Reduced exercise tolerance
· Chronic facial muscle pain or aching
If you suffer from any of the symptoms of fibromyalgia listed above, schedule your
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