Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain accompanied by fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals.
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Fibromyalgia is “one of the most common chronic pain conditions”, according to the National Fibromyalgia Association, and “affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S. and an estimated 3-6% of the world population.” It most often affects women, but does occur in a small population of men and children.
- Widespread pain. The pain associated with fibromyalgia often is described as a constant dull ache that has lasted for at least three months. To be considered widespread, the pain must occur on both sides of your body and above and below your waist.
- Fatigue. People with fibromyalgia often awaken tired, even though they report sleeping for long periods of time. Sleep is often disrupted by pain, and many patients with fibromyalgia have other sleep disorders, such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea.
- Cognitive difficulties. A symptom commonly referred to as “fibro fog” impairs the ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate on mental tasks.
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Numbness or Tingling in extremities
- Feeling of Heaviness in the body
- Overall Achiness
- Chronic Fatigue
- Muscle Pain
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Migraine and other types of headaches
- Pelvic Pain
- Interstitial cystitis or painful bladder syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
Causes of Fibromyalgia
Similar to other chronic inflammatory conditions, Fibromyalgia is often the result of many of the same underlying factors. It is simply manifesting differently in its overall presentation. You will notice a repeat pattern in the possible causes of fibromyalgia.
- Genetic factors
- Stressful lifestyles
- Central Sensitization
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Lack of quality sleep
- Hormonal changes
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Epstein Barr Virus
- Candida overgrowth
- Chronic inflammation
- Thyroid conditions
- Mold, pesticides, and environmental toxins
- Leaky gut syndrome
- Food allergies
- Viral infections
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Autoimmune diseases
- Physical or emotional trauma
Treatment for Fibromyalgia
At Integral Medicine in Sarasota, Fl. we use a holistic approach to treatment. We use a combination of