After osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia is the most common musculoskeletal syndrome. At the same time, it is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed because a biological explanation alluded physicians who could not make sense of symptoms that seemed to appear from nowhere. Furthermore, some of those same physicians believed it was all in their patient’s head. However, further study led to confirmation that Fibromyalgia is a legitimate syndrome and may have potential treatment options.
Fibromyalgia is a syndrome with intensified sensation of pain due to abnormal behaviour of the brain and nervous system and how pain is processed. Fibromyalgia symptoms tend to manifest themselves after surgery, infection, or a traumatic event—either psychological or physical. Oftentimes, there seems to be no significant incident, but rather a steady accumulation of symptoms over time. Fibromyalgia affects 2 to 6 percent of people, while women are 10 times more likely to have the syndrome
Symptoms of Fibromyalgia
People with Fibromyalgia frequently describe certain points of their bodies that are tender when touched. Rather than the muscle or joints, it is the tissue surrounding the muscles and joints that is sore. Normally, the tender points are superficial, that is to say, rather than being located within deep tissue, the tender areas are near the surface.
Widespread Muscle Pain
People with Fibromyalgia often complain of unexplained muscle pain, aches and stiffness. This is considered as the most debilitating symptom of the pain disorder as it can cause difficulty in the simplest act or movement like walking. Muscle pain can also cause a domino effect of other symptoms like sleeplessness, fatigue and brain fog.