Fibromyalgia Liam Sullivan

Fibromyalgia- Noun: A chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, and tenderness in localized areas.

Symptoms

Widespread pain, this consists of dull ache that can last up to six months at a time that is felt throughout the entire body.

Fatigue is very common in patients because even though they think they are sleeping through the whole night their sleep patterns are actually very interrupted because their mind is up all night dealing with the pain signals sent from their nerves.

Cognitive difficulties are common, It is referred to as “fibro fog”. It impairs ability to focus, pay attention and concentrate.

Additionally people who have fibromyalgia can experience depression, headaches, and cramping.

Causes

Genetics. Because fibromyalgia tends to run in families, there may be certain genetic problems that may make you more likely to develop the disorder.

Infections. Some illnesses appear to cause or give rise to fibromyalgia.

Physical or emotional trauma. such as post-traumatic stress disorder or regular physical injuries are linked to fibromyalgia.

Treatment

Pain relievers. Over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve, others) may be helpful. Your doctor might suggest a prescription pain reliever like tramadol (Ultram, Conzip). Narcotics are a bad idea, because they can lead to addiction and may even worsen the pain over time.

Antidepressants. Duloxetine (Cymbalta) and milnacipran (Savella) may help lower the pain and fatigue that come with with fibromyalgia. Your doctor may prescribe amitriptyline at night to help you sleep.

Anti-seizure drugs. Medications made to treat epilepsy are commonly useful in reducing certain kinds of pain. Gabapentin (Neurontin, Gralise) is sometimes helpful in lowering fibromyalgia symptoms, also pregabalin (Lyrica) was the first drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat fibromyalgia.

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