Patients with fibromyalgia present with chronic widespread pain, fatigue and stiffness. They usually report sleep disturbances that involve repeated awakenings and greater fatigue on rising in the morning than on retiring at night. There may also be a component of depression, migraine headaches, irritable bowel problems, Interstitial cystitis, temporomandibular joint pain and dizziness when rising from a seated position.

Frequently Asked Questions

What causes Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is believed to be a multifactorial disturbance in which environmental and/or stress deteriorates sleep. This disturbed sleep results in pain amplification, depression and fatigue. It in turn leads to more stress plus physical and emotional deconditioning.
How is diagnosis made?
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is aided by a physical examination that reveals multiple symmetric tender points. In contrast to normal tenderness, the tenderness of fibromyalgia is characterized by an exaggerated emotional response, withdrawal of the tender part and worsening of pain after.
Fibromyalgia can present alone or in combination with other autoimmune diseases, cancers, trauma or infections.
The results of laboratory tests and radiographic testing usually are completely normal or age appropriate findings.
How is fibromyalgia treated?

  • The treatment of fibromyalgia includes stress reduction and a structured aerobic exercise program including stretching and flexibility exercises.
  • Also, sleep patterns need to be improved so patients can wake with less fatigue and less pain.
  • Trigger point injections can help reduce pain levels temporarily and Neuropathic pain.
  • Medications seems to help reduce pain.
  • Integrative Medicine techniques like use of supplements, nutrient testing and treating for nutritional deficiencies can help treat , fatigue sleep disturbances and pain.

Fast Facts

▪ Fibromyalgia affects two – four percent of people, women more often than men.
▪ Fibromyalgia is not an autoimmune or inflammation based illness, but research suggests the nervous system is involved.
▪ Doctors diagnose fibromyalgia based on all the patient’s relevant symptoms (what you feel), no longer just on the number of tender places during an examination.
▪ There is no test to detect this disease, but you may need lab tests or X-rays to rule out other health problems.
▪ Though there is no cure, medications can reduce symptoms in some patients.
▪ Patients also may feel better with proper self-care, such as exercise and getting enough sleep.