7 Important Things You Should Know about Fibromyalgia

Dr. Jose Guevara Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain-related syndrome. A syndrome is defined as a collection of symptoms. If you have been diagnosed or have signs and symptoms pointing to fibromyalgia, there are 10 basic facts you should know about fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread muscle pain and tenderness.
Fibromyalgia does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues. In 1990, the American College of Rheumatology established criteria to diagnose fibromyalgia: • • A history of widespread pain in all four quadrants of the body (e.g. above the waist on both sides; below the waist on both sides of the body) for three months or more. Pain at 11 of 18 tender point sites

Fibromyalgia can occur as a primary or secondary condition.
Fibromyalgia can occur as a primary syndrome characterized by muscular pain or as a secondary syndrome to other rheumatic diseases. It is possible to have fibromyalgia syndrome as well as another rheumatic disease. Patients with arthritis are at increased risk of also developing fibromyalgia. Those patients may wonder if they have symptoms which are common to two conditions ( overlapping symptoms) or if they actually have two distinct conditions.

Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood and symptoms are often unrecognized, causing the syndrome to remain undiagnosed for months or years.
Fibromyalgia symptoms are often confused with symptoms typically linked to another condition. Fibromyalgia symptoms can mimic or overlap symptoms associated with other rheumatic diseases. According to the National Fibromyalgia Association, it takes about five years on average to get an accurate diagnosis of fibromyalgia.

Ninety percent of fibromyalgia patients suffer with severe fatigue or a sleep disorder
Fatigue and sleep problems are a major characteristic associated with fibromyalgia. Therefore, problems that develop because of poor sleep are problematic as well (i.e. cognitive problems, memory lapses, lack of energy).

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia focuses on tender points but there is no definitive diagnostic test for fibromyalgia
Diagnosis of fibromyalgia is solely based on symptoms which are presented and confirmed on a physical examination. If diagnostic tests are ordered, it is to rule out other conditions or find out more about other symptoms.

Medication and non-medication treatments are used to manage fibromyalgia.
Medications are used to treat pain, improve sleep, and manage depression and anxiety. Your physician will determine what to prescribe based on symptoms presented. Alternative treatments, such as chiropractic, focus on pain and stress relief, also benefit many fibromyalgia patients.

Fibromyalgia affects more women than men
Though the statistics reveal the prevalence of fibromyalgia, statistics do not reveal how many people live well with fibromyalgia and have successfully managed the syndrome to the degree of maintaining good quality of life. It's important to get a proper diagnosis and to follow a treatment regimen which affords you a good quality of life despite your diagnosis.

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