What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain. Fibromyalgia affects the way the brain processes pain signals. It is estimated that roughly five million Americans live with fibromyalgia.
What causes Fibromyalgia?
While the aetiology of fibromyalgia is unknown, symptoms sometimes begin after a significant physical or psychological trauma, or after a medical illness or surgery. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time and have no single triggering event.
What are the symptoms of Fibromyalgia?
Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:
- Widespread pain
- Cognitive impairment
- Tension headaches
- Temporomandibular joint disorders
- Irritable bowel syndrome
How is Fibromyalgia Treated?
Several treatments exist that may help alleviate your fibromyalgia symptoms. These treatments may include but are not limited to:
- Exercise Regimen
- Cognitive therapy
- Relaxation/stress-reducing techniques
- Alternative Therapies
Fibromyalgia can be a chronic, lifelong condition. The good news, however, is that fibromyalgia is treatable. With proper treatment, fibromyalgia patients can achieve symptom alleviation or remission.
If you believe you or a loved one have symptoms or may be living with fibromyalgia, contact Kentucky Neurology and Rehab for an appointment and an evaluation of your condition and potential treatment options.