Fibromyalgia is a chronic and common disease that affects 2-4% of people of the total world population. Although the cause behind this disease is unknown to date, the syndromes are very well known. It is very painful for the people suffering from this disease. The pain is widespread and produces a fatigue disorder. This disease mostly affects muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other soft fibers in the body; as consequence, patients feel pain in the muscle joint areas of the body, such as the neck, shoulder, elbow, and hip.
Some experts take it as a special form of arthritis, but the fact is the affected muscles in the body are not deformed like arthritis cases. Fibromyalgia is some sort of neuromuscular pain, which affects the musculoskeletal schema of the human body. Patients can suffer from the following symptoms:
* Widespread pain for more than 3 months.
* Tenderness in the neck, shoulder, knee, elbow, or upper buttocks or thigh areas.
* Trouble sleeping.
* Tiredness in the morning or late in the day.
* Mood changes.
* Irritable bowel syndrome.
* Headaches, sometimes migraines.
* Difficulty concentrating.
* Numbness and tingling in hands, arms, feet, legs, or face.
* Abdominal pain.
* Long lasting morning stiffness
* Fatigue that interferes with work and daily activities.
* Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep, waking up feeling tired).
In addition to those symptoms, fibromyalgia patients often feel anxiety along with depression. They feel lethargic and may feel frustrated in their life. This depression often leads them to commit suicide.
Women may also face problems in their periods and suffer from other feminine diseases.
In recent research, it is found that women are more affected than men. It is a common phenomenon that women lack calcium a bit more than men, this may be the reason behind that.
Fibromyalgia disturbs sleep; this leads to mental weakness and often causes mental disorders. The cause behind this disease is still a mystery, but the resultant effects are very acute. It generally affects people of any age, some experts have revealed that after a traumatic disease or a massive flue fibromyalgia may start.
Identifying the tender points in the body makes the diagnosis of fibromyalgia syndrome. At the diagnosis of fibromyalgia, other chronic syndromes such as thyroid disturbance, Lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome are assumed eliminated. Pain in 11 to 18 tender points indicates fibromyalgia syndrome.