What is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is a condition that causes sufferers to experience chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain and an increased and painful response to pressure. Sometimes, it is accompanied by stiffness of the joints, increased fatigue and disturbed sleep, moodiness and memory recall issues. At times, it can lead to anxiety and depression. It seems to amplify the way the brain reacts to and processes pain signals.
The term “fibromyalgia” is coined from the Latin term for fibrous tissue "fibro" and the Greek terms for muscle "myo" and pain " algia".
The condition is more common in women than in men.
Although it can cause severe pain like arthritis, it isn't considered a true form of arthritis because it doesn't cause inflammation or damage to the joints and other tissues.
What causes fibromyalgia?
Sometimes fibromyalgia develops after surgery or an illness, but in other cases it can occur without any trigger. The cause remains unknown. However, there is speculation that there could be a genetic factor.
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