Fibromyalgia (in Latin meaning fibro= fibrous tissues, Gk. algos= pain, meaning muscle and /or connective tissue pain. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain.
Bowel and Bladder abnormalties
Numbness & Tingling
The brains of fibromyalgia patients show structural and behavioral differences from those of healthy individuals, but it is unclear whether the brain anomalies cause fibromyalgia symptoms or are the product of an unknown underlying common cause. Some research suggests that these brain anomalies may be the result of childhood stress, or prolonged or severe stress.
Fibromyalgia has been recognized as a diagnosable disorder by the National Institutes of Health and the American College of Rheumatology. It is recognized as a central nervous system disorder, is described as a ‘central sensitisation syndrome’ caused by neurobiological abnormalities which act to produce physiological pain and cognitive impairments as well as psychological symptomatology. Just like Lyme Disease, there are members of the medical community who do not consider fibromyalgia a disease because of a lack of abnormalities on physical examination and the absence of objective diagnostic tests even though the patient are complaining of pain and symptoms.
There is no cure.
There are treatments to manage symtpoms: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/329838-treatment
- There is as yet no cure for fibromyalgia.
- There is a high aggregation of fibromyalgia in families.
- There is no known causative agent.
- Fibromyalgia is estimated to affect 2–4% of the population, with a female to male incidence ratio of approximately 9 to 1. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/329838-overview#
- Evidence of abnormal brain involvement in fibromyalgia has been provided via functional neuroimaging.
- Fibromyalgia is seen in about 2% of the general population. http://www.aafp.org/afp/2007/0715/p247.html
- It is most commonly diagnosed in individuals between the ages of 20 and 50, though onset can occur in childhood.
- Evidence exists that fibromyalgia is a neuro-immunoendocrine disorder. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16569342
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