Fibromyalgia symptoms

What are symptoms of fibromyalgia, how do you recognize fibromyalgia and what is fibromyalgia really? How do you treat fibromyalgia? 

What is fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes pain in muscles and connective tissue. It can be seen as a kind of rheumatism. Often, there is chronic pain in the muscles throughout the body. A physical cause is not known for this. It is known that fibromyalgia is not hereditary and that it is not an inflammation. It can happen that the disease spontaneously disappears, but in practice it is still common that the fibromyalgia is chronic. You can experience a lot of hindrance in daily life from fybromyalgia, but the muscles or joints generally are not damaged by it. 

Signs and symptoms of Fibromyalgia

The signs and symptoms of fibromyalgia can vary greatly per person, per time frame and the amount of pain that is experienced. However, it can be noted that in general, chronic pain, stiffness in of muscles, fatigue, and tension can be seen as symptoms of fibromyalgia. Often certain parts of the body are extremely sensitive. Insomnia and dizziness can also indicate fibromyalgia. 

Cause of Fibromyalgia

Research of the origin of fibromyalgia focuses mainly on the brains regarding the processing of pain stimuli. This is because it is believed that especially psychological problems are related to the development of this condition. Most patients with fibromyalgia also suffer from mood swings. However it is not clear whether this is the cause, or is the result of this chronic disease. Fibromyalgia is medically classified in rheumatic diseases and here the name of muscular rheumatism or soft tissue rheumatism. 

Diagnosis of Fibromyalgia

How is a diagnosis of fibromyalgia determined? It is difficult to determine whether someone suffers from fibromyalgia. In the 90's international agreements have been made about the diagnosis of fibromyalgia. The patient must suffer at least three months in several areas on the body from chronic pain and have pain on multiple specific pressure points on the body (at least ten or more). These pressure points are called "tender points".


Fibromyalgia can not be detected using blood tests, because there is no physical cause for it. Before we speak of fibromyalgia, one must first rule out all kinds of other diagnoses, which someone often will have to undergo multiple examinations. Precisely because there is no physical cause, the treatment of fibromyalgia is not possible with a specifically identified cure. Therefore often is focused on alleviating the symptoms of pain and coping with symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia can be treated with medication for example. Often relaxation techniques, behavioral therapy and discussions are part of the treatment. Experiences of peers can often help. Acceptance of the condition is already a big step towards a better way to deal with the disorder. Ensuring a good night's sleep, limiting the use of painkillers and especially keep on moving, to have the best possible life with fibromyalgia.

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