What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia: the Pain With No Cause

Characterized by widespread aches and pains without any evidence indicating any other disease, fibromyalgia is a condition that is not life-threatening but can be life-altering. Because the pain is so widespread and hard to manage, people suffering from fibromyalgia often become depressed, sleep deprived, and lose self esteem.

As far as joint pain causes go, fibromyalgia is not a serious one in that it isn't progressive, crippling or disabling. It is, however, chronic. In order to be diagnosed with fibromyalgia, one must have at least eleven of eighteen specific tender points characteristic of the condition, and this widespread pain must be present in some form or another for at least three months. Tender points are located in the area of the shoulders and elbows, outsides of the hips, insides of the knees, near the buttocks, alongside the vertebrae of the spine, and the back of the head.

Symptoms of fibromyalgia include:

  • Pain that ranges from a deep muscle ache to a burning, throbbing, shooting, or stabbing sensation
  • Intense pain with pressure or palpation of one of the soft tissue tender points
  • Associated symptoms may include irritable bowel syndrome, chronic headaches and facial pain.

While doctors can't positively diagnose fibromyalgia, the presence of enough symptoms can be enough proof. These symptoms can persist in varying degrees for years, or come and go at random. Managing and achieving fibromyalgia pain relief is an ongoing challenge for patients, but one that must be met in order to maintain quality of life.

Pain Relief Frequently Asked Questions

What is an aneurysm?

What is Abdominal Rigidity?

What distinguishes appendicitis from other abdominal pains?

What is Arm Paresthesia?

Which type of arm pain is accompanied by an inability to reach backwards?

What condition causes arthritis pain of the wrist?

What may be a cause of unexplained back pain?

What is Scoliosis?

What are the symptoms of disc injury?

Can weather affect my health condition?

Does gender affect pain?

Is psychological pain real?

What can cause feet pain in children?

What may be causing anal pain and bleeding during pregnancy?

What may cause symptoms of pain and itching in the buttocks?

What may cause acute or severe joint pain?

Is my arthritis a result of wear-and-tear?

What may be an underlying cause of muscle pain?

How will my shoulder injury affect my neck?

Is Whiplash Serious?

Is my posture important?

What is shingles?

What are the complications of shingles?

What happens if shingles is not treated?

What may cause a bulge in the groin?

What is a Hydrocoele?

What is testicular torsion?

Can I train too much?

What may cause shin pain after running?

What are the effects of a concussion?

What does "abdominal pain" refer to and what could be the cause?

What signs and symptoms should I look for to indicate I need to seek medical attention for my abdominal pain?

What does it mean if I have numbness or tingling in my hands or arms?

What can referred pain to the arm and shoulder be a sign of?

What causes a rotator cuff tear?

What is arthritis?

How does one manage or treat arthritis?

Do supplements and herbs advertised as helping prevent and treat arthritis symptoms really work?

What are the statistics related to arthritis?

What can cause back pain?

How does upper back pain develop?

How can I deal with chronic back pain?

What is chronic pain?

What is the truth about low back pain?

Does heavy lifting cause back pain?

What are some pain medication myths?

Where can I turn for information on pain?

What is gout?

What is plantar fasciitis?

What are orthotics?

Are flip flops bad for you?

What are some conditions of the toes that can cause pain and disability?

What are hemorrhoids?

How does pressure in the abdominal and digestive system affect hemorrhoids?

What causes hemorrhoids?

What are the treatment options for hemorrhoids?

Is it normal to be stiff and achy after a hard workout?

What is fibromyalgia?

How can I manage my fibromyalgia?

What are the causes of neck pain?

What are the symptoms of neck pain to be aware of?

What are my options for pain that won't go away?

What are some of the causes of groin pain that are specific to men?

What are the causes of groin or genital pain in women?

What is the difference between a sprain and a strain?

How do I treat a sports injury?

What are the types of knee injuries that occur in sports?

What is neuralgia?

Who is at risk for getting shingles?

What can be the lasting side effect of shingles?

Not finding the advice and tips you need on this Pain Relief Tip Site? Request a Tip Now!

Guru Spotlight
George Sayour