So what is Fibromyalgia?
Well, that's not an easy question to answer.
That's because Fibromyalgia is still a mostly misunderstood condition that doctors and researchers don't yet know all the answers to. There are some explanations as to why fibromyalgia causes pain but we don't yet know the cause of this disorder. There is currently no cure for fibromyalgia and the only successful treatments are often multiple approach techniques with limited relief.
The most common answer is:
Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain (pain in all four quadrants of the body) accompanied by fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory and mood issues. Researchers believe that fibromyalgia amplifies painful sensations by affecting the way your brain processes pain signals, known as "central sensitization".
Symptoms sometimes begin after a physical trauma, surgery, infection or significant psychological stress. In other cases, symptoms gradually accumulate over time with no single triggering event.
Many people who have fibromyalgia also have other conditions that correspond with fibromyalgia like; tension headaches, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bladder and bowel, sleep disorders, hormone imbalances, autoimmune diseases and mood disorders, just to name a few.
Think you might have Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Here is a questionnaire that might help you decide to talk to your doctor. http://www.scientific-consultants.com/cfs-qsym.html