I developed fibromyalgia as a result of sleep deprivation from having sleep apnea for over 30 years, along with a personal trauma.
I had pain everywhere and didn't know why and sometimes it was difficult to explain what the pain was like and where it was because my entire body hurt. I couldn't cope with bright lights, I was exhausted all the time and I felt like a nervous wreck.
Fibro is in the arthritis family although it is not arthritis but can resemble symptoms of arthritis. It does not make the joints swell or deformed. It is a condition of chronic widespread pain and fatigue.
Fibro = Fibrous tissues, tendons and ligaments
My = Muscle
Algia = Pain
It can affect anyone of any age and can be mild to incapacitating. The pain can move around the body so there isn't always pain in the same part of the body, although the pain can be from head to toe on a bad day.
The many different symptoms associated with fibro will also come and go at varying degrees.
Pain messages to the brain are amplified, making sufferers more sensitive to pain.
The trigger points associated with fibro are an indication of where the tender points might be. This does not mean that someone with fibro will have all of these trigger points. When being assessed for fibro the doctor will use these trigger points as a guide.
At present there isn't any scientific evidence to explain what actually causes fibro but the points below are factors that research has identified that may contribute to the cause.
Genetic: Increased risk of developing fibro if there is a history of the disease in the family.
Infections: Any kind of viral or bacterial infections can trigger fibro.
Stress: Stressful events, either physical (accidents) or mental (post traumatic stress disorder) can cause fibro.
Chronic diseases: Auto-immune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis can lead to fibro.
Chemical factors: Imbalances or disturbances in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin are found to be associated with fibro.
More symptoms that have been recorded by those with fibro.
There are many other symptoms that fibro sufferers experience and not limited to the ones I have mentioned above. We are all different and can experience different symptoms. Don't be alarmed if your symptoms don't appear on the list, it just means not as many sufferers experience the same issues.
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