Fibromyalgia is a devastating disorder that can plague a person for life. Understanding the cause of the disorder and treatment options may help people who are dealing with the disorder handle chronic symptoms.

About The Disorder

Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that may be triggered by a specific medical or psychological event in a person’s life. It is more common for women to suffer from this disorder, and there is currently no definitive cure available for sufferers.

Widespread pain is the most typical manifestation of the disorder. The disorder has only been recognized as a specific medical condition that is not necessarily related to other illnesses since 1976. The criteria for diagnosing the disorder was established by the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) in 1990.

Causes Of The Disorder

Fibromyalgia does not always have an identifiable cause, but there are some traumatic experiences in the lives of sufferers that can be considered to be the trigger for development of the disorder. Surgeries or serious infections have been tied to the disorder. Extreme psychological stress can also be the cause of the disorder for some people.

Fibromyalgia Tender Points

Signs And Symptoms

Chronic, widespread pain is the most common symptom of the disorder. The prevalence of this symptom in sufferers makes it necessary for many people who have the disorder to consult with a pain management doctor. Other medical professionals may be hesitant to treat the disorder because of a lack of knowledge that prompts them to search for other causes of chronic pain.

Tender spots on a person’s body may appear. Pain is more intense when these spots are touched. Common locations of tender spots include the shoulders, chest, hips, elbows, knees and the back of the head. Sleep disturbances, fatigue, depression and chronic headaches are also common. Some sufferers develop gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome.

Drawing of FibromyalgiaTreatment Options

There is no cure for the disorder. However, many patients work with a pain management doctor to find a way to manage the pain associated with this disorder. Pain management techniques are often very successful at providing relief for people who suffer from the disorder.

Analgesics are used to relieve chronic pain. Fatigue and depression that may result when a person suffers from the disorder may be treated with antidepressant medications. A drug known as Lyrica is now available to specifically treat the symptoms of the disorder.