Chronic illnesses are on the rise. From something as common as asthma and migraines, to ALS and cystic fibrosis – a chronic illness that can impact your quality of life in ways that are unfathomable to the healthy. The one we hear most complaints about here at The Hearty Soul though is definitely fibromyalgia.
What the heck is fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness resulting in pain throughout the body – in muscles, and tendons, and tenderness in the joints. Fibromyalgia also comes with fatigue, insomnia, foggy memory or forgetfulness, and mood instability. In some cases it also comes with tension headaches, TMJ disorders, IBS, anxiety, and depression.
Fibromyalgia can be caused by physical trauma, surgery, infections, or physical and psychological stress. In these circumstances, it is often sudden in onset. But fibromyalgia may not have a singular cause, or even a reliable starting point. This means it is the result of an accumulation over the years. Continue…
Approximately, one in 50 people will develop fibromyalgia in their lifetime. It’s also the second most common disorder affecting the musculoskeletal system (after osteoarthritis).
Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men, about 80-90% of all cases are attributed to women. It also seems to be connected through families, a woman with a family member who has fibromyalgia may also suffer the illness.
A total of 50% of people living with fibromyalgia have difficulty with (or cannot perform) daily activities, 30 or 40% need to stop working or change jobs. Finally, the average sufferer is hospitalized once every three years.