Fibromyalgia Awareness should be for everyone!

awareness-dayFibromyalgia awareness day is right around the corner.  It will be on May 12th that there will be countless activities around the country in an effort to educate and support those suffering from this illness and their loved ones. From walks to dinner to seminars, the day will be all about understanding what this condition involves and how to improve your lifestyle to avoid suffering from it.

Fibromyalgia refers to a group of symptoms and disorders of the central nervous system that affect the muscles and bones.  It is distinguished by extreme fatigue, ongoing pain, muscle stiffness, tender points, and others.  It is also accompanied by disturbed sleep cycles, physiological anguish, and strong headaches.  When these symptoms are severe, fibromyalgia can even incapacitate the person to carry out his/her basic daily activities.  The main and primary symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic widespread body pain.  It can target both men and women and it can even make the person sensitive to touch and light.


Although the main cause of Fibromyalgia is unknown, it can be related to many different factors.  The first one is the genetic factor.  Studies have found evidence that genetics might have a role in some cases of Fibromyalgia although the properties of the inheritance are still a mystery.  Some believe it is most likely polygenic.

The type of lifestyle a person leads may very well be their main cause leading to Fibromyalgia. Stress is without a doubt a trigger of this condition.  Stress leads to situations such as chronic fatigue, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and other that have been directly linked to Fibromyalgia. Smoking, obesity and little or no physical activity will increase the risk of developing it as well.

Having a disturbed sleeping cycle can be very damaging to a human being.  It has been clinically proven that when a person has interrupted sleeping cycles it results in an increase of the muscle tenderness and sensitivity similar to what patients with neurasthenic musculoskeletal pain syndrome experience.  However, when these same patients were able to go back to normal sleeping patterns the condition either minimized or disappeared. 

Evidence shows that fibromyalgia and depression are linked to each other.  There are similarities among the two of them.  Both have neuroendocrine abnormalities present, similar psychological characteristics and even physical symptoms.

Other two conditions that make the patient prone to developing fibromyalgia are neck trauma and small bowel bacterial overgrowth syndrome. Other multiple symptoms the patients have shown are impaired coordination, neurological symptoms, dizziness, skin sensitivity or rashes, impaired memory, bad concentration, irritable bladder or bowel, migraines, restless legs and others.

Among many of the treatments and medication your doctor can prescribe TENS units can come as an add-on.  These devices can deliver a safe pain relief treatment that will not have any dangerous interaction with other doctor prescribed medication.  TENS units have a soothing effect on the central nervous system where fibromyalgia is believed to be extremely sensitive and painful.  Anything that can calm down the central nervous system will have a positive effect on the patient considerably diminishing the pain caused by the illness.

Make sure you keep in mind what Fibromyalgia is and how it can develop.  Many of the symptoms mentioned above are ones that you can avoid or at the very least delay if you are able to lead a normal, stress free and healthy life.