What do you think fibromyalgia is?

Who would have thought that a person could actually experience physical pain for most of his life? Well, that is the case with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is an illness characterized by chronic pain in the musculoskeletal areas, coupled with stiffness, tenderness, fatigue, and sleep disturbances. Even gentle touch can actually cause pain to people suffering from fibromyalgia! Although fibromyalgia is often seen in comorbidity disorders, there are still other risk factors that predispose a person to developing the illness. These include genetic problems, stress, sleep disturbances, and neurotransmitter imbalances. Once a person is already diagnosed with the disorder, the treatment regimen includes medications such as tricyclic antidepressants, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and anti-seizure drugs. You can also go for non-pharmaceutical treatments, such as diet, massage, fitness, acupuncture, and whirlpool therapy. Fibromyalgia can be a very frustrating disease, which is why a strong support group is needed to help the affected person combat the disease.

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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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