Fibromyalgia is a long term chronic condition characterised by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia increases painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals. The condition mainly occurs in women.
One of the main symptoms of fibromyalgia is widespread pain that lasts for at least three months. Widespread pain is considered pain that occurs on both sides of your body and above and below your waist. This pain is often described as a constant dull ache that lasts for at least three months. Other symptoms include tension headaches, temporomandibular joint disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, depression and sleep disorders. The symptoms mainly arise after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or psychological stress. In some cases, symptoms build up over time with no triggering event.
Generally, treatment for fibromyalgia includes a combination of both medication and physical therapy. Treatment is based on minimising symptoms and improving general health. It should be noted that while there is no cure for fibromyalgia, the symptoms and pain associated with the order can be minimised with the right treatment. If your current treatment is no longer effective, consider making an appointment to see one of our Pain Specialists who will be able to provide you with specialised tests and treatment in order to provide adequate pain management.