What is Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is the second most common muscloskeletal condition in the United States, affecting approximately 12 million Americans. Women are 10 times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men. Fibromyalgia typically affects women of ages 25-60. Fibromyalgia is regarded as a syndrome (a collection of conditions with a common origin) that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. It is characterized by widespread muscle and join pain, fatigue and is often associated with depression.
What Causes Fibromyalgia?
It is not known what causes fibromyalgia. Because a family history of fibromyalgia tends to place an individual at higher risk of developing the condition, it generally believed there may be one or more genetic factors that predispose people to develop fibromyalgia. Infections and stress have also been associated with the onset of fibromyalgia and may contribute to manifestation of the disease.
What are the Symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia symptoms include widespread pain (pain on both sides of the body and above and below the waistline) lasting for three months or more. Because of the severity of the pain, many dealing with fibromyalgia also suffer from sleep disorders due to the inability to fall or stay asleep. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, depression, inability to focus or foggy thinking, headaches, or cramping.
What is the Treatment for Fibromyalgia?
Although fibromyalgia is most often caused by nutrient deficiencies, it can also result from food sensitivities or heavy metal toxicities. Identifying the cause of fibromyalgia can be complex, and a comprehensive diagnostic plan is usually required to uncover the root of the illness. Once the cause of fibromyalgia is defined, a treatment plan that addresses the cause will be provided.