Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is diagnosed by widespread muscular pain and multiple areas of tender points on the body. The disorder is more common in people with irritable bowel syndrome, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis but not dependent upon any of these conditions. Depression and anxiety are also more common in people suffering from fibromyalgia but not always present amongst all sufferers.
The most common symptoms from fibromyalgia are miserable and exhausting pain that leads to sleep disturbances and fatigue. Neck pain, back pain, leg cramps, TMJ or jaw pain as well as migraine headaches are common. Post exertional soreness or an abnormal amount of pain following exercise is common. The condition is also associated with an increased sensitivity of the skin even with light touch. Cognitive impairments or difficulty thinking and making decision are also common and likely related to the sleep disruption and neurological changes within the brain relating to the chronic pain. This is so common it has been termed "fibrofog".
Less common symptoms of fibromyalgia may include nausea, dizziness, weight gain, vision problems, morning sickness, urinary problems, cold symptoms, menstrual problems, dysmenorrhea, muscle twitches, chest symptoms and breathing difficulty. Increased symptoms with changes in the weather or barometric pressure have also been associated with fibromyalgia.
There has been significant debate amongst professionals if fibromyalgia is predominately a psychological or physiological problem. It is most likely that the condition is tied to both physiological disruptions in the way the body functions as well and psychological factors. Research has also shown that fibromyalgia creates a significant economic burden to the households of sufferers.
If you have questions about your fibromyalgia symptoms or have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, please contact our chiropractic office in Frisco, TX. We are here to help you understand your condition and treatment options and help you live a healthier and happier life.