WHAT IS FIBROMYALGIA?
More than 3 million US cases per year
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas and is often accompanied by altered sleep, memory, and mood swings.
Although the causes of fibromyalgia are unknown, there may be a number of factors involved. Fibromyalgia has been linked to: Stressful or traumatic events, such as car accidents, repetitive injuries, illness or certain diseases, or can also occur on its own.
The most common symptoms of Fibromyalgia are:
Pain areas: in the muscles, abdomen, back, or neck
Pain types: can be chronic, diffuse, sharp, or severe
Pain circumstances: can occur at night
Gastrointestinal: constipation, nausea, or passing excessive amounts of gas
Whole body: fatigue, feeling tired, or malaise
Muscular: muscle tenderness, delayed onset muscle soreness, or muscle spasms
Sensory: pins and needles, sensitivity to cold, or sensitivity to pain
Mood: anxiety, mood swings, or nervousness
Cognitive: forgetfulness or lack of concentration
Hand: sensation of coldness or tingling
Also common: acute episodes, depression, difficulty falling asleep, headache, irritability, joint stiffness, painful menstruation, or tingling feet
Fibromyalgia can be difficult to treat. Not all doctors are familiar with fibromyalgia and its treatment, so it is important to find a doctor who is.
At Pinehurst Neurology, we specialize in the treatment and management of fibromyalgia and can develop a specialized treatment program for each individual needs. To schedule an appointment call 910-295-6868.
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For more information on Fibromyalgia visit:
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
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