Fibromyalgia and Symptoms and Treatment

A syndrome is a set of symptoms. When they exist together, they imply the presence of a specific disease or a greater chance of developing the disease. With fibromyalgia syndrome, the following symptoms commonly occur together:

  • anxiety or depression
  • decreased pain threshold or tender points
  • incapacitating fatigue
  • widespread pain

Symptoms

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • muscle aches and pains
  • anxiety and depression
  • chronic headaches
  • difficulty maintaining sleep or light sleep
  • dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
  • fatigue upon arising
  • hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
  • inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
  • incontinence
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • painful menstrual cramps
  • stiffness

Non-Surgical Treatments

There is no fibromyalgia cure. And there is no treatment that will address all of the fibromyalgia symptoms. Instead, a wide array of traditional and alternative treatments has been shown to be effective in treating this difficult syndrome. A treatment program may include a combination of medications, exercises — both strengthening and aerobic conditioning and behavioral techniques.

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