Fibromyalgia is a musculoskeletal pain disorde that can make everyday activities unbearable.
What are the symptoms?
Fibromyalgia pain affects all four quadrants of your body. It can cause tender and painful points on the back of your head, the tops of the shoulders, the upper hips, and the sides of the hips, among other areas. Tension headaches are also common for individuals with fibromyalgia. Other symptoms of fibromyalgia include fatigue, mood changes, numbness and tingling, memory trouble, dizziness, and trouble sleeping. You might also notice that your body feels especially stiff in the morning when you wake up and that your symptoms are worse with stress.
The symptoms of fibromyalgia can develop after an event like surgery, injury, or infection. They can also develop gradually.
What are the causes of fibromyalgia?
The exact cause of fibromyalgia is not known. Its pain symptoms might be a result of the brain processing pain signals with extra sensitivity. Fibromyalgia is more common in women than in men, and is typically only seen during middle age.
How is it treated?
Treatment for fibromyalgia involves managing pain and other symptoms. One method for managing fibromyalgia pain is to use trigger point injections. These injections involve a small needle placed into trigger points, or muscle knots, which inactivates them with an anesthetic and corticosteroid.