(FM; Fibromyalgia Syndrome; FMS)
DefinitionFibromyalgia is a complex, chronic, and disabling disorder. It causes widespread pain. It also causes poor sleep and fatigue.
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CausesThe exact cause of fibromyalgia is unknown.The following are some of the conditions that are commonly associated with fibromyalgia:
- Depression and anxiety
- Chronic headache, such as tension headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Female urethral syndrome (irritable bladder)
Risk FactorsFibromyalgia is more common in women, and in people aged 20-60 years old. Physical or mental stress may also increase your chance of getting fibromyalgia.
SymptomsSymptoms and severity of fibromyalgia are different for everyone.Fibromyalgia may cause:
- Generlized pain and tenderness
- Poor sleep
- Reduced physical endurance
- Problems with concentration, thought, or memory
- Weather changes, especially cold, damp weather
- Stress or anxiety
- Medical illness
DiagnosisYou will be asked about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done. Diagnosis is usually based on reported symptoms and tenderness in specific areas of the body during the physical exam.
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