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Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic pain and fatigue. 3-5% of the population suffers with this condition with over 80% being women. This is one of the fastest growing disabling conditions in the US. There are not any specific lab tests or definitive markers for the diagnosis. Instead, it relies on a bevy of symptoms and tender points along the body. This article discusses a number of natural solutions for Fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is classically diagnosed with a positive reaction to 11 of 18 specific tender point sites on the body. Other classic findings include chronic fatigue, sleep challenges, normal blood tests and a history of widespread pain particularly in the neck and back (1).
What Causes Fibromyalgia
The medical community hasn’t come up with a true defining mechanism of action for fibromyalgia. Many have described it as a “central sensitization syndrome” caused by biological abnormalities in the nervous system which act to produce pain and cognitive impairments as well as psychological problems (2).
The term “fibro” means “fibrous tissue” in latin and “myo” means muscle in Greek with “algia” meaning pain syndrome. So the name implies a painful condition of the muscles and connective tissue. Individuals with fibromyalgia deal with a number of physical and psychological issues including the following: