Fibromyalgia is a complex pain disorder identified by chronic pain and allodynia (an increased and painful response to pressure). The disorder affects about two to four percent of the population.Women are much more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia than men.
Signs & Symptoms
In addition to widespread pain and allodynia, fibromyalgia can also be accompanied by symptoms such as:
- Sleep disturbances
- Tension headaches
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Difficulty swallowing
- Numbness and/or tingling
Fibromyalgia is commonly grouped with psychiatric disorders like anxiety and depression. It is also associated with conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder and other stress-related conditions. It is not necessary for a patient to have all of the above symptoms to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Much is still unknown about this fibromyalgia. The disorder is identifiable because of the set of syndromes and medical issues that tend to occur together. However, there is no identifiable cause of fibromyalgia. Researchers are still trying to pinpoint exactly what brings about this set of symptoms.
- "While the underlying cause or causes of FM still remain a mystery, new research findings continue to bring us closer to understanding the basic mechanisms of fibromyalgia. Most researchers agree that FM is a disorder of central processing with neuroendocrine/neurotransmitter dysregulation."
- – The National Fibromyalgia Association
Currently, this disorder is incurable. However, certain symptoms can be reduced with medications, exercise, patient education and behavioral interventions. At Advanced Pain Care, our physicians focus on treating the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia. If you are suffering from fibromyalgia pain and live around Austin, Waco, Round Rock, Georgetown or Cedar Park, make an appointment with us today. We will discuss treatment options with you following consultation.