- What is Fibromyalgia?
- Dealing with Chronic Pain
- Chronic Pain Disorder
- Fibromyalgia Treatment
- Natural Treatments
In addition to the pain of fibromyalgia, up to 90% of people with fibromyalgia suffer from chronic fatigue of moderate to severe intensity. The fatigue of fibromyalgia is not the fatigue that many people experience when they don’t get enough rest- the fatigue experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers is overwhelming, can last for weeks or months, and may severely impact the ability to lead a normal life. Fibromyalgia can be a vicious cycle, with pain leading to lack of sleep, and lack of sleep exacerbating the experience of pain.
Although pain is one explanation for why people with fibromyalgia experience fatigue, research has pointed to various sleep disorders as a possible explanation for the intense fatigue that is almost universally experienced by fibromyalgia sufferers.
In addition to sleep disorders, people with fibromyalgia often have below-normal levels of certain brain chemicals that are essential for proper sleep patterns and a sense of mental well- being:
Fatigue may be overwhelming, leading to an inability to perform normal everyday functions. Fatigue may also contribute to depression and anxiety and worsen pain symptoms. Medications may help, particularly drugs that target neurotransmitter activity. Some people with fibromyalgia find that drug therapy is effective, while other choose to use non-pharmacologic approaches to improving sleep patterns. Whatever the approach chosen, gaining control over sleep can improve pain and functioning and lead to improved coping and a greater enjoyment of life.
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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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