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Fibromyalgia is a complex chronic pain illness recognized by the American Medical Association. Experts estimate that about 3 to 5 percent of the population suffer with FMS. While it is most common in women, the illness strikes men, women and children of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. For those with severe symptoms, FMS can be extremely debilitating and interfere with even routine daily activities.
Some symptoms include:
- Chronic pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Sleep disorder
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Restless legs
- Chronic Headaches
- Involuntary Muscle Spasms
- Jaw Pain
*There are several other symptoms of fibromyalgia, so be sure to consult with your physician if you or your loved one may be suffering from fibromyalgia.*
Though there are currently no diagnostic laboratory tests, doctors may diagnose fibromyalgia by ruling out other possible causes such as arthritis or rheumatic disease. Diagnostic criteria for fibromyalgia include widespread pain in all 4 quadrants of the body (right, left, upper and lower). Your doctor may also perform the ‘Trigger Point’ test in which you would experience tenderness in at least 11 of the 18 trigger points as shown in the diagram below.
Currently Lyrica, Cymbalta and Savella are the only FDA-approved drugs for the treatment of fibromyalgia, though for some, the side effects can be severe. Through raising fibromyalgia awareness, we HOPE for more research on this debilitating illness and eventually, HOPE for a cure!!
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