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what is fibromyalgia?

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You’ve probably heard it a thousand times on TV commercials, or met someone who says they have it. And perhaps you have no clue what it means (hell, I didn’t know until a few years ago when my doctors told me I have it). But what is Fibromyalgia? And who gets it? Does it go away? Let me break it down for you as precisely and straight-to-the-point as I possibly can.

What is Fibromyalgia?

According to National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association, Fibromyalgia is defined as:

a common and complex chronic pain disorder that causes widespread pain and tenderness to touch that may occur body wide or migrate over the body.  Along with other symptoms, pain and tenderness wax and wane over time. Fibromyalgia (FM) affects people physically, mentally and socially. Approximately 10 million Americans (2-4%) have FM with a ratio of about 8 to 2, women over men. It occurs in people of all ages, including children. The literal translation of the word fibromyalgia is pain in the muscles, ligaments and tendons. But FM is much more than pain and presents with many other symptoms that vary from person to person.

Chronic Pain

Those who have Fibro experience daily and widespread physical pain throughout their body. Depending on the time of day, activity level, anxiety level, and the weather (among other factors), the pain varies in intensity and type.

Sometimes the pain feels like a dull, achy pain–or sharp, throbbing, and shooting. Numbness, tingling, stiffness, and burning sensations play a huge role as well in chronic pain and Fibromyalgia.

Other people often notice these symptoms, too

leg restlessness, constant exhaustion, rapid heart rate, dizziness, migraine/headache, light sensitivity, nausea, weakness, blurry vision, lightheadedness, impaired cognitive function (coordination skills), memory loss, dry eyes and mouth, depression, ear ringing, numbness in fingers and toes (Raynaud’s syndrome).

Have you experienced (or currently experience) any of these symptoms? Definitely make sure to schedule an appointment with your doctor and get checked out if you are not diagnosed with Fibromyalgia but this describes you.

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