What is Fibromyalgia ?: Fibromyalgia, also called fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS); it is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body.
It is a common musculoskeletal pain and fatigue disorder where the cause of fibromyalgia is still unknown. Fibromyalgia means pain in fibrous tissues in the body.
Most patients with fibromyalgia say they experience pain all over. His muscles may feel as if pulled or overworked. Sometimes muscles twitch and sometimes they burn. More women than men are affected by fibromyalgia, but it can be seen in people of all ages.
Besides diffuse pain; People with fibromyalgia may have:
- Increased sensitivity to pain
- Excessive fatigue (fatigue)
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty sleeping
- Problems with mental processes such as memory and concentration problems (known as “fibro-fog”)
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a digestive condition that causes stomach pain and bloating
Although there is currently no cure for fibromyalgia; treatments are available to help alleviate some of your symptoms and ease your condition.
Its treatment tends to be a combination of:
- Medicines such as antidepressants and painkillers
- Speech therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and counseling
- Lifestyle changes such as exercise programs and relaxation techniques
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown. However, the abnormal levels of certain chemicals in the brain and the pain messages carried in the body of the central nervous system (such as the brain, spinal cord and nerves); It is thought to be associated with changes in processing format.
Also because of the genes inherited from some people’s parents; more likely to develop fibromyalgia.
In many cases; the patient appears to be affected by a physically or emotionally stressful event:
- Injury or infection
- surgery to
- Disruption of a relationship
- Death of a loved one
Anyone can develop fibromyalgia, but men are affected about 7 times compared to women. The condition typically develops between the ages of 30 and 50. However, it can occur in people of all ages, including children and the elderly.
Although research suggests it may be a relatively common condition, it is not entirely clear how many people are affected by fibromyalgia.
Some predictions; It shows that about 1 in 20 people may be affected to some extent by fibromyalgia.
One of the reasons why I couldn’t find how many people were affected; It is difficult to diagnose fibromyalgia. There is no specific test for the condition, and symptoms can be similar to a number of other conditions.
Many people with fibromyalgia support groups; they know that it provides an important network where they can talk to other people living with the situation.
Fibromyalgia Action UK Movement in England ; is a charity that offers information and support to people with fibromyalgia. If you have any questions about fibromyalgia, you can call the charity by telephone from the relevant department.
Aid organization also; There is a network of local support groups that you may find useful and an online community where you can learn about status news, events and ongoing research.