Fibromyalgia (Fibro) can best be described as chronic pain (likely) caused by disrupted nerve signaling. It is a highly complex disorder with a variety of symptoms that come and go, making it difficult to identify, diagnose and treat. The disease also includes specific pain points used in making a clear diagnosis.
Experts predict that approximately 10 million Americans have Fibro, most of them women.
Many of the symptoms of Fibro are similar to other medical conditions and actually, it often co-exists with other conditions. Here are the most commons indicators of Fibromyalgia:
In addition to these physical symptoms, a physician will also look at 18 specific tender points. Tender areas around regions in the neck, shoulder, chest, hip, knee, and elbow can help confirm a fibromyalgia diagnosis.
Currently, there are only three drugs approved for treating fibromyalgia; much needs to be done in the area of research. There is no cure for fibromyalgia and today treatment is focused on just the management of the chronic pain; because of the severity and on-going nature of the pain, many people with fibromyalgia become withdrawn from family and friends, and even become depressed.
If you or someone you know is looking for answers to their fibromyalgia questions, speaking to our physician or participating in a clinical study may be the first step. To learn more, call us at 770-817-9200.