Fibromyalgia “The Invisible Disease”

Fibro means "Fiber" - My means "Muscle" - Algia means "Pain"

Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS) is incessant muscle pain throughout the body. It is a chronic, disabling condition. Four percent of the U.S. population, more than 10 million people (most of them women), have Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia strikes both sexes at any time in life, but mostly women between 20 and 40 years of age. Many Fibromyalgia sufferers know the day the symptoms manifested themselves. Fibromyalgia can be triggered by an event that brings stress, a change in health such as lupus, hypothyroidism, HIV, etc.

Physical examination reveals no apparent cause for the pain. There is no history of injury, no fever, the routine physical exam is normal. Those afflicted feel sick and miserable. Unlike arthritis, in which joint pain is aggravated by movement, the muscle pain of Fibromyalgia is always present.

Pain can be described as deep acing, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning. These sensations can range from mild to severe and are felt deep within muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia

  • Sleep disturbance - about 94% of people
  • Fatigue - major symptom
  • Joint pain
  • Headache (migraine or tension type)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (constipation / Diarrhea / bloating / gas)
  • Irritable bladder
  • Morning Stiffness
  • TMJ - painful hinges of the jaw
  • Memory problems
  • PMS
  • Water retention - especially hands, feet and face
  • Dry eyes and mouth
  • Hearing problems or titinus
  • Skin sensitivities
  • Anxiety/depression

People who learn as much as possible about Fibromyalgia usually do better than those who do not. Sufferers often elicit less sympathy and support from family, friends, and employers because of lack of outward evidence of disease. Many have been told by physicians that there is nothing wrong with them or that it is "all in your head".

Fibromyalgia is classified as a syndrome, rather than a disease. A disease is a condition with a known cause and can be identified with lab tests.

A collection of signs and symptoms associated with a disorder is known as a syndrome. Fibromyalgia comes with a baffling variety of symptoms, which is the main reason so many people who have it go without a diagnosis for years.

*In blood tests on Fibromyalgia patients, it was found that DHEA levels are at 8 - 10% of the body's maximum. Those not suffering from FMS have much higher levels of DHEA. You can be symptom free

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